A new report from the Wall Street Journal says the Trump administration is considering ending the public's access to a complaints database for financial companies. “I don’t see anything in here that says I have to run a Yelp for financial services sponsored by the federal government,” Mulvaney told an audience at the American Bankers Association's conference while holding up a copy of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Smart transaction technology company and HW Tech100 winner Ventanex has launched PaymentIQ, a new solution that powers auto-posting and smart workflow of exception items. By enabling the application of processing methodology to cash services, PaymentIQ eliminates much of the manual work needed to correctly route, process and post exception items, the company said.
Freddie Mac announced on Monday that housing and economics expert Sam Khater is joining the company as vice president and chief economist, where he will lead the GSE's researchers in providing insights and analysis on economic trends and policy issues affecting Freddie Mac and the housing market.
National verification specialist Veri-Tax announced this week the addition of Veri-Tax Verification of Employment/Income as an eligible report for Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter validation service. Lenders enrolled in Fannie Mae’s DU service now with access to Veri-Tax’s Verification of Employment/Income with Day 1 Certainty, the company said.
A new report from the Washington Post says that both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are preparing to fine Wells Fargo about $1 billion for misbehavior in the automotive and mortgage markets. Citing two people familiar with the negotiations, the Washington Post reported that the settlement could be announced as soon as Friday.
The nonbank formerly known as Walter Investment Corp. named a new CEO on Wednesday. Ditech Holding Corp. announced Thomas Marano, currently chairman of the board, has been appointed to also serve as CEO and president. The company also announced it has hired Ritesh Chaturbedi to serve as chief operating officer.
Altisource announced this week it has named Patrick McClain as senior vice president of Hubzu Auction Services. In his new role, McClain will be responsible for driving the growth of Hubzu’s residential online marketing and auction business and oversee product innovation for the company's online auction, live auction, short sale, claims without conveyance of title and national brokerage services businesses.
"In today’s social media landscape, it is imperative to take a proactive approach," explained Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue. “By introducing a comprehensive monitoring module, clients can easily detect and resolve issues before they become costly. This also creates a phenomenal opportunity to train staff and loan officers regarding the compliance responsibilities related to social and digital media.”
CrossCheck Compliance announced Tuesday that Karen Cullen has joined the firm as a director in the firm’s compliance and fair & responsible lending practices. "Joining the CrossCheck team provides me the opportunity to work with some of the best compliance professionals in the industry. I look forward to collaborating with them to meet the needs of our clients," Cullen said.
This year’s HW Tech100 features a much more expansive landscape than ever before. Winners included heavy hitters and innovative disruptors. Even new tech players in the blockchain space are joining the party now. Other exciting developments can be seen on the identity-protection and fraud-prevention sides. But make no mistake, the name of the game in tech, these days, is lending, lending, lending.
The evolution from a paper-based process to this era of big data is astounding. Consider that according to IBM, 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. The Internet of Things — your thermostat, refrigerator, even your kid’s Barbie doll — is increasing that data exponentially. For mortgage companies, that data represents a treasure trove more valuable than the gold bars stacked in the vault at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, but only if they can figure out how to harness it for their specific business. Fortunately, scores of fintech companies are ready to help.
Accurate, trustworthy valuations require taking a deeper look. That’s why it’s important to have a valuation expert independently review every valuation report and determine whether it makes sense. The most trustworthy valuation providers have a team of highly trained reviewers on staff who diligently analyze every comparable on a valuation report and ask: “Will a potential buyer consider this property similar to the subject property?”