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2018 Women of Influence: Vickie Butler

Senior Vice President and Warehouse Lending Operations Manager, Texas Capital Bank
Vickie Butler, senior vice president and warehouse lending operations manager for Texas Capital Bank, is a mover and shaker at the company, setting the standard for client support and leading the next generation of go-getters.
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2018 Women of Influence: Charlotte Brown

Head of Product Expansion and Compliance, Qualia
As the head of product expansion and compliance for Qualia, Charlotte Brown is responsible for regionalizing Qualia’s title and closing software platform nationwide for various regulatory and practice environments. During the past year, Brown has led efforts to expand Qualia’s service offering from three states to nationwide, across more than half a dozen underwriters. She has built a team that has helped accelerate her efforts to add thousands of region-specific documents and has been pivotal in enabling Qualia to support title companies working on anywhere from two to 2,000 closings per month.
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2018 Women of Influence: Laura Brandao

Chief Operating Officer, AFR Wholesale
Laura Brandao, chief operating officer at AFR Wholesale, is the brains behind AskAFR through Alexa initiative, the Alexa skill that allows AFR Wholesale brokers instant and continual access to information about their account pipeline.
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Women of Influence 2018

HousingWire recognizes the most influential women in housing
Eight years after we began recognizing women for their influential work in the expanding housing and mortgage finance ecosystem, a traditionally male-dominated field, our Women of Influence list is bigger and better than ever! This year, we honor 85 women who are making lasting achievements in each sector of the housing economy. Read on to learn more about these accomplished women and the strides they are making in their industry segments.
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HUD approves Puerto Rico's $1.5B recovery plan

Plans to publish guidance rules shortly
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently announced HUD has approved a $1.5 billion disaster recovery plan aimed at helping Puerto Rican citizens recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico’s plan focuses primarily on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.
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Senate passes flood insurance reform at 11th hour

Housing industry continues to push for long-term solution
Tuesday, the day the current National Flood Insurance Program was set to expire, the Senate passed yet another short-term extension of the program. But while the housing industry is pleased Congress did not let the current program expire, it also emphasized the need to create a long-term solution.
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Public housing is now smoke-free nationwide

HUD prohibits smoking in or near public housing areas
In 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to ban smoking in all subsidized housing. Today that plan has been actualized, according to an article by Caitlin O'Kane for CBS News. Notably, public housing tenants must be informed of the smoking ban in their leases, and violators cannot be evicted for only one instance of smoking.
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Employers eager to hire are waiving requirements; will the housing market see a boost?

Employers are abandoning traditional requirements for applicants; will the housing market see an uptick as a result?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of jobs asking for a college degree fell from 32% to 30% in the first half of this year. Even more significant has been the drop in experience requirements for entry-level jobs, which dropped from 29% in 2012 to 23% now. With more people taking jobs, will they also begin to look for homes?
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