James Carter Dawkins is an underwriter with Cardinal Financial Company, LP. He specializes as a project standards expert for condominiums, attached PUDs, and co-ops. James has a comprehensive knowledge of mortgage operations, compliance, and technology. His interests include mortgage history, underwriting, operations, secondary market (capital) investing, and technology. He has developed a personal passion for the industry and continues to develop his knowledge and share what he has learned with other professionals! He lives in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Elizabeth. They have two children, Carter and Cate.
[Op-ed] Is it fair to have 10 different appraiser's reports on a property and then for the lender to use that knowledge against an individual appraiser and question their ability to provide an accurate report? Appraisers seem to think it is unfair or perhaps altogether irrelevant. As an underwriter, here's one trend I'm seeing.
Fannie Mae finally updated their litigation requirements on condominium projects! The guidelines now allow the lender more flexibility to determine, with confidence, whether litigation is minor or major, what is considered minor, and provide a way for lenders to warrant the project despite the litigation. Here's how.
Your loan application has been processed and the loan is ready for clear to close but then an underwriter points out that everything is clear except the condominium project. There is a high delinquency rate, specifically, 26% of the total unit owners in the project are 60 days or more late paying their HOA dues! What do you do next?
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?”