Ali Vafai is president of The Money Source (TMS). Vafai is a tenured leader in the financial world who has led the company’s rapid growth into a top 15 lender. Blazing a path in technological innovation across the mortgage lending and servicing industry, Vafai was recognized as one of HousingWire’s Rising Stars.
[Expert commentary] The housing market is prone to fluctuations. This is far from earth-shattering news, and yet mortgage companies are still losing millions – and, in some cases, the entire company. Stay ahead of the ups and downs of the market, and create an operations and leadership approach where real-time immersion keeps your business moving forward. Here are three tips to succeed in any lending environment.
When Tim Mayopoulos was vetted prior to joining Fannie Mae nearly 10 years ago in the role of general counsel, board members explained it would only take 12 to 18 months for the company to turn around. That isn’t what it took. It took putting Mayopoulos in charge, years later, to turn the company around. And that’s exactly what he did.
HousingWire began highlighting the unsung heroes of the mortgage finance industry three years ago, recognizing those who continue to make the dream of homeownership a reality for Americans nationwide. Our editorial board selected each of these 40 professionals for their ability to not only transform their companies, but the industry as a whole.
Hispanics have huge purchasing power in the U.S. and the rate of homeownership among this population has grown every year since 2014, reaching 46.2% in 2017. In fact, Hispanics are the only demographic in the U.S. to increase homeownership rates for each of the past three years and are driving gains in the real estate market overall. By understanding the unique needs and expectations of the Hispanic community and positioning yourself to fulfill those needs, real estate professionals can become an important servicer of this consumer demographic and experience related growth.