Matthew Speakman on what’s driving homebuyer demand

Zillow Economist Speakman explains what Zillow’s recent report on homebuyer demand tell us about the current state of the housing market.

Record low mortgage rates hold steady at 2.72%

This is the second week in a row rates have sat at the lowest recorded level in the survey’s near 50-year history.

What Yellen as Treasury Secretary would mean for housing

Experts weigh in on former Fed Chair’s possible impact on GSE reform and how she could jumpstart the economy.

Building the one-touch digital mortgage

As Katherine Campbell drives toward a one-touch mortgage, she’s taking time to share what she has learned along the way.

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2020 HW Rising Star: Joseph Restivo

American Mortgage Network President and CEO

Joseph Restivo
American Mortgage Network President and CEO, Age: 39

Joseph Restivo saw an opportunity to create something very exciting: American Mortgage Network, a 100% employee-owned company for the benefit of all employees. Restivo studied the inequality among compensation levels, such as the imbalance in earnings between rank and file staffers, loan officers, management and senior executives. In creating an employee-owned company, a balance was brought between compensation levels. This new model empowers employees to think like owners, making decisions to benefit the whole team and their clients. Another industry challenge that Restivo addressed was efficiency. Restivo’s philosophy was to make a 100% web-based platform so that he could work with anybody, anywhere in the world. A browser-based cloud-based system enables the company to ensure data security and manage customers’ personal information. The company is a low-cost producer, which utilizes streamlined processes and decentralized decision-making to enhance efficiency and provide fast turnaround to its clients.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 
“When in my twenties, I focused on business and money. At a dinner, a well-known consultant offered me advice. He said, ‘Change your focus. Concentrate on building relationships with people that could help build my career.’ His counsel changed my perspective and is the foundation for my success.”

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