Debbie Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, working with clients in their endeavors related to education, strategy and implementation of blockchain solutions. With her experience in financial services, law and technology innovation, Debbie brings a unique perspective to blockchain innovation. Debbie was previously the chief legal officer at Digital Risk and a finance attorney at Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York.
The next step to the advancement of digital mortgages lies with utilization of blockchain technology. This nascent technology will take all these measures and truly transform the industry from paper to digital, resulting in transparency, better data security and higher revenues from operational efficiencies.
The multiple characteristics of blockchain make it an incredibly attractive mechanism across industries. It provides an unchangeable, time-stamped ledger that allows for real-time and simultaneous input. It is the perfect set-up for industries where transactions are routinely moved from entity to entity or business to business and where records need to be verified and audited. Naturally, therefore, in the world of title and real estate, blockchain provides an incredibly innovative platform.
The secret sauce of underwriting varies from lender to lender and is often a closely guarded secret. Increasingly important is the use of “alternative data” – a variety of information about a prospective borrower that, while not directly related to credit, has proven to hold great predictive value. Using alternative data means a lot of data to sort through and find patterns. Accordingly, the latest advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are put to work by lenders and data providers to get the most out of this data.
[Expert commentary] Continue the Climb – the theme of the 2017 ComplianceEase Risk and Compliance Summit – was very appropriate given the regulatory climate and lightning speed at which technology has been and will continue to morph the mortgage industry. Here are the key takeaways from the conference.
[Expert commentary] On May 1, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that will likely have a profound impact on the residential mortgage industry. After the court’s decision in Bank of America vs. City of Miami, municipalities now have the standing to bring a legal action against residential mortgage lenders for any financial burden. Check out part two of this blog series on how this decision could affect consumers.
[Expert commentary] On May 1, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that will likely have a profound impact on the residential mortgage industry. After the court’s decision in Bank of America vs. City of Miami, municipalities now have the standing to bring a legal action against residential mortgage lenders for any financial burden. Here’s part one of what this ruling means for the industry and consumers.
Most mortgage industry leaders have made significant changes in their processes to keep current in the past few years and credit bureaus are no exception. Lenders are seeking creative methods to evaluate potential borrowers who lack credit history, and in some cases, identify consumers who will likely soon apply for credit and reach out to them directly. Here's how credit bureaus are meeting this challenge.
Bitcoin — that is what most people think of when they hear the term blockchain. However, blockchain has morphed into an incredible technology tool that can be utilized across industries in a variety of capacities, including in mortgage lending.
Since the election of Donald Trump, the legitimacy and very survival of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now front and center. The agency is in peril after an Oct. 11 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that ruled, for the first time, that an independent agency established by the legislative branch of government is unconstitutional.
Where was the commentary about how the lending industry is making the mortgage process easier for customers by embracing digital technology? What about compliments to mortgage lenders who are trying to streamline a difficult process?
According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 10% of the 2,013 breaches that occurred in 2018 were within the financial industry. Personal data was compromised in 43% of those breaches, which were largely attributed to privilege misuse, errors or unsecure web applications.
Rising interest rates often cause homebuyers to think twice about moving forward with a mortgage. In April, mortgage applications fell more than 7% after 30-year fixed mortgage rates reached a high for the month.