Joshua Levine is a residential mortgage litigation associate in Baker Donelson's Fort Lauderdale office. Levine represents banks and lending institutions in highly contested foreclosure matters, contract actions, insurance disputes, cases alleging violation of consumer protection statutes such as RESPA, TILA, FDCPA, FCCPA, and TCPA, title disputes, tort actions, lender liability, and disputes with homeowners' associations.
[Expert commentary] The only thing better than prevailing in court is not going to court in the first place. A recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit illustrates how an alleged violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act spurred lengthy litigation against a loan servicing company. Here are key takeaways on what this means for the industry.
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?”