The Mortgage Fraud Triangle: What It Means For Your Business

Fraud is pervasive in virtually every industry.  The reason is that fraud is the consequence of a human condition that exploits the opportunity to gain assets through rationalization and need.  Every one of us is vulnerable to committing a fraud crime given the right circumstances and the opportunity.  Mortgage lenders and banks need to understand the underpinnings of […]

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CFPB, CFPB Where For Art Thou CFPB?

Th election of President Donald Trump signaled for many in the mortgage industry that finally something would be done to reign in federal regulation and allow lenders to make more loans.  There was also a secret desire that the potential elimination of the super federal regulator would mean that the millions spent on building out […]

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Mortgage Industry Vendor Risk Policies: All Businesses Are Not the Same

When the CFPB issued Bulletin 2102-3 (reaffirmed again in 2015), forever changing the way that banks and lenders nationwide look at third party relationships, they offered only a bare outline of detail regarding what that risk management should include.  The general directive included: risk evaluation, ongoing monitoring, and verification of internal controls. Since then lenders […]

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How Are You Protecting Borrower Data Collected in the Mortgage Loan Process?

“Data privacy” and “data security” are terms most lenders are hearing over and over again these days.  The reasons for this are numerous but include the CFPB’s focus on the issue, increased publicity over data breaches in business and industry, and heightened concern by consumers about how their sensitive non-public information is being managed by […]

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NY Opinion Poll Indicates Public Wants More Protection in Mortgage Settlement Process

In October an independent opinion poll was conducted by American Money Services of NY seeking public input on issues surrounding mortgage closings. The results were nothing less than fascinating, and should serve as a wake-up call for the settlement industry. An overwhelming majority of respondents believe that only attorneys should be permitted to act as […]

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