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Housing News Podcast: LoanDepot’s Alec Hanson & TJ Freeborn discuss the importance of leveraging human-touch in mortgage lending

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Each week, HousingWire interviews financial services experts who can help make sense of the latest headlines, sponsored by our partners at Blend. This week, Alec Hanson, LoanDepot’s SVP and Pacific Southwest division manager, and TJ Freeborn, SVP of Customer Experience, discuss the importance of incorporating human interaction within the loan origination process.
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Former HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude joins Habitat for Humanity board of directors

Will help guide housing organization
Pamela Hughes Patenaude, who formerly served as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is joining the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity International, the organization announced Monday. Patenaude resigned from HUD in December 2018 after spending more than a year as the second-in-command to HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
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Wall Street insider Craig Phillips leaves Treasury without Fannie, Freddie reform

Phillips was “one of the few senior folks at Treasury with clout” to negotiate on GSEs
Craig Phillips, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s top housing advisor and the point person for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has left his position before achieving any major changes at the mortgage giants. “Mnuchin simply lacks the time and energy needed to advance a housing finance reform plan,” Jaret Seiberg, Managing Director at Cowen Group, said in a note to clients.
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Gateway First Bank appoints Bank Secrecy Act officer

Tiffany Sizemore will oversee compliance with state and federal regulations
Gateway First Bank has named Tiffany Sizemore Bank Secrecy Act officer. In this role, Sizemore will oversee the development and implementation of the newly merged company’s compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act on a state and federal level.
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Senate confirms HUD nominees for policy development, public housing

Trump nominees Seth Appleton, Hunter Kurtz join the department
The Senate confirmed two appointments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday, approving President Donald Trump’s nominations of Seth Appleton as assistant secretary of Policy Development and Research and Hunter Kurtz as assistant secretary of Public and Indian Housing.
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LoanLogics expands its executive ranks with two key hires

Elizabeth Green and Paul Vancheri join the fintech company's team
LoanLogics recently expanded its executive team, welcoming two new leaders to the company, including Elizabeth Green and Paul Vancheri. Green has been appointed to the position of chief collateral office and Vancheri will now serve the company as its executive vice president of technology.
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Class Valuation hires Fannie Mae's Tim Staudenmaier

Joins team as director of Digital Strategy
Collateral valuation and appraisal management company Class Valuation has hired Tim Staudenmaier as its new director of Digital Strategy. Staudenmaier will focus on technology and processes that support the modernization of valuation and collateral risk assessment.
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Former CFPB official whose blog posts sparked racial scandal lands gig at HUD

Trump appointee Eric Blankenstein will handle Ginnie Mae matters for HUD
Eric Blankenstein was a senior official at the CFPB when racially charged blog posts from his past emerged, sparking outrage – and an internal investigation – at the agency last year. Now, Blankenstein has landed a new role within the Trump administration, joining HUD’s Office of General Counsel as a senior counsel tasked with working on Ginnie Mae matters.
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