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Mr. Gripes on Venezuela’s Plight

July 18, 2017 |

In my mid-teens, for one week during a summer, I accompanied my father to a medical conference in Caracas, Venezuela. My dad enjoyed the company, and both my parents must have figured a short trip to a foreign country might … Read More

Rebuilding Detroit: Exceleras Supports Homebuyer Workshop

July 14, 2017 |

By Rick Grant

By the height of the foreclosure crisis, banks had so many loans moving through the default process that one in 248 American households had received a foreclosure notice. It was a crisis the likes of which this … Read More

Mr. Gripes: Trump’s Not Going Anywhere

June 28, 2017 |

By Mr. Gripes

Not So Fast, Democrats

On several occasions, with the all-too-obvious backing of much of the ‘independent’ press, the Democrats were going to ‘stick it’ to Donald Trump, and ‘swipe’ a Congressional seat away from the Republicans, paving … Read More

Guest Post: Making Valuation Tech Look More Like Consumer Tech

June 14, 2017 |

Or: Consumer tech all set to take the Real Estate Valuation industry by storm

By Tim Moreland

If you’ve ever been to a consumer technology trade show, you’ll understand why consumers are so tech savvy these days. Developers who cater … Read More

Is Podcasting Coming Back?

June 5, 2017 |

By Rick Grant

Podcasting. You’ve heard of it, right? According to The Morning Brew Newsletter, if you’re not familiar, you’re not alone. The newsletter’s editors report that 45% of people don’t know the term. But over the last decade it’s … Read More

The Mortgage Lender’s Next Legal Battlefield

May 30, 2017 |

By Rick Grant

In the years since the financial crash of 2007-08, financial services firms involved in the home finance industry have spent billions on legal fees and financial settlements stemming from their business activities prior to the meltdown. To … Read More

Mr. Gripes Tackles Politics

May 17, 2017 |

Media’s Crocodile Tears

Really It’s Not That Bad, Is It, Mr. Tapper? — It’s been tough sledding for Mr. Gripes since Donald Trump’s election. How on earth is anything he chooses to write about going to compete – on an … 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

Maria Angelella on Brand Focus

May 16, 2017 |

This time on the RGA Brand Focus Podcast, Maria Angelella, Ph.D., Managing Partner at Dattell, talks about the new ways mortgage lenders are underwriting credit risk for borrowers with non-traditional credit histories.

Angelella, a data analytics specialist, launched the company … Read More

Mr. Gripes: Post-election impressions

December 2, 2016 |

By Jim Israel, aka ‘Mr. Gripes’

Mr. Gripes understands perfectly well you’re as fatigued as I am regarding the length, idiocy and vituperation of this past Presidential campaign, but there’s no way in hell it’s going to change: the networks, i.e., … Read More