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July 2019

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Freddie Mac: On the right track

Looking into the future
Brickman takes to helm of one of the largest mortgage companies in the U.S. today, and while times at the government-sponsored enterprise are filled with uncertainty, Brickman sees nothing but excitement for the future of Freddie Mac.
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Law firm works with MBA's Action Alliance to pursue regulatory relief

Black, Mann & Graham provides lenders training on LO comp issues
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Loan Originator Compensation rule has proven to be a controversial topic among mortgage lenders. Nearly 250 senior executives organized by the Mortgage Bankers Association sent a letter to the CFPB asking for significant changes to the rule last year. Lenders continue to push toward an LO comp rule change as it presents multiple challenges in today’s mortgage environment. Black, Mann & Graham, one of Texas’ largest document preparation law firms, provides lenders training on LO comp issues and is working with the MBA’s Action Alliance to pursue regulatory relief.
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Manley Deas Kochalski provides a full complement of default legal services

Including bankruptcy services, foreclosure prosecutions, consumer litigation defense, etc.
MDK has had a long history of year-over-year growth by making diversification a strategic priority. The company first diversified geographically into six states and in the past three years it has emphasized diversification of its service offerings, which have expanded to provide clients with legal services related to other asset types, such as auto bankruptcy matters.
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Home-retention law firm provides legal guidance for mortgage pros

Gross Polowy, LLC delivers individual and customizable solutions
Gross Polowy focuses on the nuances of New York and New Jersey real property laws, mortgage foreclosures, statute of limitations issues and state business conduct rules for servicing mortgage loans in default. Above all, the firm considers itself a “home-retention” firm — serving clients as experts in home retention in every case possible. The practice also includes mortgage default litigation and appeals, legal compliance, creditors’ rights, home retention, title curative and related real estate matters.
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HOT or NOT July: What's trending in housing right now

Exurbs are on the rise
According to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders, the exurbs were the only regions that saw an annual increase in single-family permits in the first quarter of 2019. And with more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, new LendingTree research shows an overwhelming majority of first-time homebuyers are considering purchasing fixer-upper homes to combat costs.
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What does it really look like to automate the mortgage process?

SoftWorks AI CEO discusses how lenders can automate without sacrificing accuracy
There's a lot of talk about automation in our industry, but what does it really look like to take humans out of the mortgage process? We sat down with Ari Gross, CEO of SoftWorks AI, to talk about how lenders can automate without sacrificing accuracy in the process.
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MBA Opens Doors Foundation: Taking care of the families of critically ill children

Providing rental and mortgage assistance for more than 2,000 families
Back in 2011, former MBA President and CEO Dave Stevens, his wife Mary Stevens, and Dan Arrigoni, the former president of U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, had a vision to help families with critically ill or injured children stay in their homes. This vision led to the Mortgage Bankers Association establishing the MBA Opens Doors Foundation, which helps families with sick children receive mortgage or rental payment assistance while a child receives medical treatment.
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Fairway Independent Mortgage's American Warrior Initiative bridges the military-civilian divide

Provides veterans with mortgage-free homes, service dogs, vehicles and more
Over the past several years, Fairway Independent Mortgage employees have donated $4 million for a wide variety of veteran initiatives, including service dogs, mortgage-free homes, business and family grants, vehicles, home repairs and retreats for veterans with post-traumatic stress.
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Teraverde creates innovative ways to support the MBA Opens Doors Foundation

CEO Jim Deitch's passion fuels the company's philanthropy
Jim Deitch is both CEO of Teraverde and a board member of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation. The Foundation helps families with critically ill children to make a mortgage or rent payment while their child is being treated, reducing the financial stress for families when caring for a very ill child.
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The Union Home Mortgage Foundation partners with nonprofits to serve local communities

Focuses on education, services and tools for economic self-sufficiency
Union Home Mortgage Owner and CEO Bill Cosgrove recognized a deep need for financial literacy in the local community when he launched the Union Home Foundation in 2015. Cosgrove not only wanted to provide homes to prospective homebuyers, but more importantly, offer education, services and tools for economic self-sufficiency.
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson apparently doesn’t know what an REO is

Under questioning from Rep. Katie Porter, Carson confuses REO with Oreo
Carson appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Financial Services Committee, and during questioning from the committee member with the most housing knowledge, turned himself into a punchline by confusing a common housing industry term with a cookie.
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