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What Will the Future Hold for Commercial Mortgage Servicers

August 22, 2017 |

By Tim Moreland

In 2016, the mortgage industry originated $502 billion in commercial mortgages, which was down just a bit from the $504 billion lenders originated in 2015. The Mortgage Bankers Association had forecast $515 billion in lending activity for … Read More

A Vegas-based Niche Lender Serious About Growth

May 16, 2017 |

If you’ve been watching the mortgage industry news, you know that homebuyers came out in droves during the first quarter of this year. According to the National Association of Realtors, the first quarter saw the strongest quarterly sales pace in … Read More

Compliance costs small banks 3x more than large banks

October 7, 2016 |

By Rick Grant

If you’ve been looking around your neighborhood and wondering what’s different, there’s a good chance that it might just be the fact that there are fewer community banks. Smaller banks are being driven from the business, according … Read More

Will CrowdFunding Replace Banks for Commercial RE?

July 13, 2016 |

By Rick Grant

It seems far-fetched that anyone could compete with the large banks and Wall Street firms when it comes to financing multi-million dollar commercial real estate development projects, but changes to the way the government treads CrowdFunding may constitute … Read More

A Housing Reality—But NOT Our Current Reality?

September 14, 2015 |

A guest post by Mark P. Dangelo

As referenced in a Wall Street Journal article, “Why a Stronger Housing Sector Isn’t Boosting the U.S Economy That Much”, there are indicators that the shift in housing may, for the next decade, … Read More

Are you happy that the FCC is looking out for you?

March 9, 2015 |

By Scott Kersnar

If you are interested in preserving an open Internet, you have to be alert for the next shoe to drop in Congress now that the FCC adopted strong Internet neutrality rules in late February. The decision means … Read More

What will it take to bring a return of private capital?

September 22, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

Are we fiddling while the real estate finance industry is setting itself up for another out-of-control burn? Bill Frey says we are, or rather his book Way Too Big To Fail, published in 2013, tells us that … Read More

Watching out for Cowboys in the Shadows

September 16, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

I see where Angelo Mozilo recently poked his nose into the tent of respectability, seeking re-admission despite his missteps and long-term obsession with making Countrywide the No. 1 mortgage lender in loan volume, no matter what. One … Read More

Forbes warns consumers about Mortgage Lender “Friend Fraud”

September 4, 2014 |

By Rick Grant

It’s ironic that when the mortgage industry finally decides to get into the social media game, driven largely by the need to generate purchase money leads, cyber criminals are just figuring out how to use these networks … Read More

Whose Crisis Counts, Yours or MBS Investors’?

September 2, 2014 |

By Scott Kersnar

So the SEC has made some tighter rules on securitization so that ABS investors won’t suffer the catastrophic losses they suffered in 2008. Is that going to restore investor confidence in private-label mortgage securities? Not yet, said … Read More