An article just published by the New York Times trumpets the news that house flipping is popular again. Those of us who have been in the mortgage industry for the past 10-15 years know that low interest rates and loose credit standards combined with property flipping fever drove much of the housing bubble in 2003-2008. […]Read More House Flipping Is Back to Pre-Crisis Levels according to NY Times
According to an article published today in Mortgage Professional America, the former CEO of LandCastle Title, who also served as the managing partner of a real estate law firm, will spend 15 years in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme to bilk his firm out of millions of dollars. Nathan E. Hardwick IV, 53, operated […]Read More Conviction of Attorney and Title Agency CEO for $26 Million Fraud Crime Reinforces Need for Closing Agent Risk Management
Back in October 2014 the industry had an opportunity to attend a public information session in Washington, D.C. organized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The meeting was called to announce the results of a public commentary period regarding mortgage closing experiences as well as to announce details of the CFPB’s eClosing initiatives. The […]Read More eClosings: Now that they are HERE, do You Know HOW to Conduct Them?
Industry publications are reporting that after a period of research and review the US Treasury Department is encouraging lenders and states to pursue e-closing and e-notarization technology to make residential mortgage transactions more convenient for consumers. The American Land Title Association (ALTA) also released a statement today indicating that its leadership recently met with Treasury […]Read More US Treasury Department Supports the Expansion of e-Closings and e-Notarizations in Mortgage Industry
Sometimes the line between services provided by non-attorney title and settlement professionals and those by lawyers becomes blurred. This happens in states where it is common practice for a title agent representative to appear at a mortgage closing and in the course of managing the title and disbursement side of things, fill in on a […]Read More When Do Title and Settlement Services Constitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law? Rhode Island Gives Notice.
“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 federal and state regulator focus on the issue, increased publicity over wire fraud and data storage breaches in business and industry, and heightened concern by consumers about how their sensitive […]Read More Protecting Borrower Data in An Age of Hacking and Phishing Schemes
One of the biggest concerns that mortgage lenders have had for years is that they send their mortgage funds and collateral security documents to complete strangers who gather together and manage a process where there is no seat for them at the table. Even though the closing of a mortgage loan involves significant sums of […]Read More If The Table Starts Rockin’, Who’s Gonna Come Knockin’?
According to Mortgage Professional America, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, recently told industry leaders that the CFPB will no longer practice “regulation by enforcement.” “The regulation by enforcement answer is really simple – we aren’t doing it anymore,” Mulvaney said. “It’s a fairness issue. If you’ve done something for […]Read More CFPB: No More Regulation by Enforcement? An Analysis
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 […]Read More The Fraud Triangle
Just today the industry learned that WEI Mortgage has discovered a data breach from an email phishing scam last Fall that appears to have exposed loan file information and borrower personal identifying data such as Social Security numbers to outside parties. Back in October 2016 I wrote that Wells Fargo Bank and the Federal Bureau […]Read More Data Breaches from Email Phishing Scams Still Rocking Mortgage Industry: WEI Mortgage latest victim.