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The awful truth about TRID

Even with a grace period, the remedy is worse than the disease
Sarah Wheeler
The CFPB left the grace period open-ended and most in the industry interpreted that to mean that it will last throughout the rest of 2015, at least. Unfortunately, as welcome as that grace period is, TRID remains a costly and complicated fix that has enormous implications for the whole industry.
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How servicers can change the conversation with consumers

Scratching the bad letter
Ben Lane
“Bad letters damage the brand,” Katherine Porter says. “There’s a contagion effect of this. I think bad letters are unjust. They disproportionately harm the borrowers we need to help the most.”
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Smoking gun?

What a Treasury memo reveals about its intentions for GSEs and investors
Trey Garrison
The Treasury document also contradicts statements made a number of times by Treasury officials about the capital ratios that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have to maintain. The document claims the percent is 3% to 4%, while statements since then have claimed 10%.
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Company spotlight: Walz and LenderLive

Now together, the companies offer end-to-end solutions
”Together, we provide enhanced mortgage technology, compliance capabilities, critical borrower communication and fulfillment solutions and data-enriched analytics that greatly reduce companies’ compliance and operational burdens. It is exceptional how well the companies complement each other,” said Jonathan Kunkle, president of LenderLive’s GuardianDocs division.
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Veros: Connecting to the FHA

Providing a seamless connection to government appraisal portals
Sarah Wheeler
At the turn of the market, while other valuation technology companies were struggling to keep the doors open, Veros had diversified its focus to include the development of valuation management software services, as well as two landmark industry innovations.
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CFPB Watch: Congress fights for control

The Senate joins the House in trying to exercise oversight
“The CFPB undoubtedly remains the single most powerful and least accountable Federal agency in all of Washington,” Jeb Hensarling said. “When it comes to the credit cards, auto loans and mortgages of hardworking taxpayers, the CFPB has unbridled, discretionary power not only to make those less available and more expensive, but to absolutely take them away.”
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Balancing risk mitigation with profit

Using better data in the closing process can help to strike the right balance
Alok Datta
The answer may be found somewhere between commandeering the entire process and “throwing it over the fence.” For lenders, paying more attention to the source of the data and information used in finalizing settlement (title searching, valuation and the like) could hold the key. This means data reporting collected in a more robust, accurate and verifiable fashion.
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August and everything after

How the default industry will have to adapt
Adam Hansen
Significant regulatory changes such as the upcoming TRID rollout serve as compelling reminders that today’s mortgage default servicing industry requires quality technology that is both well-managed and well-maintained. To optimize efficacy, every link in the servicing chain needs to have a strong technological foundation: As a community, we have to work together to commit to a coordinated and consistent approach.
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Why SOC 2 audits matter, now more than ever

Auditing third-party vendors makes sense for risk management
Lora West
With the huge adoption of managed IT services (better known as SaaS or cloud services), an SOC 2 audit provides a definitive statement of security assurance. This warrant is exactly the kind of information that financial institutions need when evaluating managed service providers.
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