A look at Biden’s first week in office

This episode reviews last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, examining which housing issues the new administration has already taken action on.

Biden’s executive order will extend foreclosure moratorium

President Biden revealed his plan to sign 17 executive orders his first day in office, including am extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium to at least March 31.

If consumers aren’t holding lenders back, then who or what is?

The challenge for lenders and investors is understanding how to meet borrowers where they are without layering on risk or getting bogged down in third-party intermediation.

HomeBridge’s Brian White on diversity at a practical level

HomeBridge's Brian “Woody” White discusses ways to increase diversity within the housing finance industry.


2018 HW Vanguard: Mark Johnson

LRES president

Mark Johnson, president of LRES, is and has been pouring the gas on his company’s growth fire with gusto.

Johnson joined LRES more than a year ago as chief strategy officer, hit the ground running, and within his first 90 days built out the company’s one-, two-, Vanguard logoand five-year plans to evolve with and excel in the valuation industry.

Mark JohnsonHe had three orders of business and wasted no time pursuing them.

First, reset focus. On technology and next generation solutions. Second, improve data management, data security and compliance operations. Third, lay the foundation for growth with strategic acquisitions and optimized operations.

His vision created momentum at LRES and led to the creation of a strategy to implement new tools to maximize productivity, nail down state, federal and emerging international compliance requirements, and expand LRES’ commercial appraisal and evaluation capabilities as well as its REO and asset management sector through mergers and acquisitions.

In a quickly evolving industry rushing toward full digitization, Johnson will not be caught flat-footed. His motto is adaptability and resilience.

Due to the success of his initiatives, Johnson was asked to lead LRES as its president less than a year after arriving there. Thanks to his work, LRES is a stronger company, better prepared for whatever changes the industry will throw its way. His success at LRES is a case study in contagious excellence, expert vision casting and grit.

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

“Stay resilient. This goes back to my grandfather’s quote; basically, recognize that life is filled with challenges, learn how best to adapt to overcome those challenges. Adapt does not mean to capitulate but to find ways through, over, under or around the challenges.”

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