What to expect at HousingWire’s Spring Summit

The focus of the Summit is The Year-Round Purchase Market. Record low rates led to a banner year for mortgage lenders in 2020, and this year is expected to be just as incredible.

Increasing lending and servicing capacity – regardless of rates

Business process outsourcing and digital transformation are proven solutions that more companies in the mortgage industry are turning to. Download this white paper for more.

HousingWire's 2021 Spring Summit

We’ve gathered four of the top housing economists to speak at our virtual summit, a new event designed for HW+ members that’s focused on The Year-Round Purchase Market.

An Honest Conversation on minority homeownership

In this episode, Lloyd interviews a senior research associate in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute about the history and data behind minority homeownership.

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2017 HW Vanguard: Steve Smith

Chief Financial Officer at Stearns Lending

As a seasoned industry professional with nearly three decades of mortgage banking and financial services industry experience, Steve Smith, chief financial officer for Stearns Lending, has used his superior leadership skills and a strong background in financial systems, operational activities and compliance management systems to lead Stearns Lending into the digital age. smith

This past year, Smith worked closely with the company’s technology leaders and their teams and completed the successful transition of the company’s accounting, accounts payable and procurement functions to a seamless digital platform. 

The efficiencies and cost controls achieved had a nearly immediate impact. In addition, the platform allows for a full vendor management and maintenance cycle that is of immense strategic value for the entire enterprise – especially given the increased focus on compliance and managing vendor risk.

Many lenders face a digital divide – a state in which the customer-facing systems have gone digital, but the workforce has not. The new streamlined experience for the Stearns workforce makes the company one of the few that has removed this impediment and linked its team members to digital tools for support, connectivity and collaboration. Smith led this successful effort while also ensuring that his teams responsible for treasury and finance activities and strategies achieved superior performance levels in their respective disciplines.

“The benefits of our digital platform go beyond the quantifiable efficiency improvements and cost control numbers. The new streamlined experience for the Stearns workforce reaps both tangible and intangible rewards,” Smith said.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Staying focused on what is important and not getting distracted by the fire of the day.”

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