Dallas-based default servicing industry trade group Women in Default Services (WinDS) recently launched its Web site, to serve female professionals in the default servicing industry. Industry veteran and WinDS president Marla Webb said the group’s purpose is to educate, advance and recognize women in the default services sector. “WinDS is focused on recognizing the contributions and advancing the careers of women professionals who are employed in some capacity related to resolving the real estate lending and foreclosure crisis,” Webb said in a press release. The group’s members include appraisers, property inspectors, attorneys, real estate brokers, property maintenance specialists, title or escrow officers and asset managers working for mortgage lenders, loan servicing firms and third-party outsource companies. Webb indicated that, although many of the large lending, servicing and property maintenance firms are headed by men “there are notable exceptions” within large companies and government entities. The group’s Web site will serve as a networking service between these individuals, and as a resource for non-members seeking services for real estate owned (REO) properties owned by public and private entities. “There is a renewed emphasis on finding qualified service providers who are women and minorities. One of the main purposes for WinDS and its website is to attract the attention of business sources, such as REO asset managers with corporate or government-owned portfolios, so they can connect with qualified women to meet the needs associated with liquidating those properties.” Write to Diana Golobay.

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