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Nonbank Servicers Still Forecasting Growth, Despite Everything
Walter Investment (WAC), in particular, said on its fourth-quarter earnings call it expects to purchase another $25 billion to $50 billion in mortgage servicing rights, on top of the $60 billion it had previously announced last year. Nationstar (NSM) told investors it has a pipeline of $350 billion in deals, though it said transfers would occur at a slower pace. Only Ocwen (OCN), which put a $2.7 billion deal with Wells Fargo (WFC) on "indefinite hold" in February after New York regulators raised concerns, kept mum about acquisitions on its conference call. Read full article>>

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Best Practices for Onboarding MSRs
Michael Forester, Managing Director & Co-Founder, CROSSCHECK COMPLIANCE LLC
Craig Freel, VP, Portfolio Management, ROUNDPOINT MORTGAGE SERVICING CORP.

Pre-Conference Workshop: What New Servicers Need to Know / Getting Into Servicing 101
Kelli Himebaugh, Corporate Vice President, MORTGAGE BUILDER SOFTWARE
Jo Ann Kruse, Chief Operating Officer, MMREM
Robert Shiller, Senior Vice President, Enhanced Servicing Solutions/Loan Resolution, WINGSPAN PORTFOLIO ADVISORS

Are Regulators Driving Banks Out of Mortgage Servicing?
WASHINGTON — Financial institutions are raising concerns anew about a set of regulations that they say are forcing banks out of the servicing business as they sell their rights to nonbanks. Regulators finalized Basel III rules last summer that placed significant restrictions on banks' ability to hold mortgage servicing rights, particularly for smaller institutions. As a result, the regulations are hastening banks' exit from servicing and stoking fears that the agencies went too far. Read full article>>

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Panel: The New Face of Mortgage Servicing - 2014 and Beyond
Moderator: Gerald Alt, President, LOGS NETWORK
Phil Cunningham, Executive Vice President, PNC MORTGAGE
Arlene Hyde, Senior Vice President, CORELOGIC
Jim Miller, SVP, Default Management, WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE

Vendor Risk Management for Mortgage Servicers
Michael Greenbaum, Vice President of Operations at Safeguard Properties, SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES
Michael D. Webb, Director, Enterprise Vendor Management & Procurement Services, EVERBANK
David Tallman, K&L GATES

The End of Special Servicing?
Panelists: Steven Horne, CEO and President, WINGSPAN PORTFOLIO ADVISORS, LLC
Kevin Kanouff, President and CEO, STATEBRIDGE COMPANY

Servicers Still Fall Short in Communicating with Delinquent Borrowers
Mortgage servicers recently held one of their signature conferences in Orlando, Fla., and while the mood was largely upbeat about the state of their industry it was dampened somewhat by a sobering speech from a top official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In his speech, Deputy Director Steven Antonakes criticized servicers for not modifying more underwater or delinquent mortgages and for being too slow in adapting to new rules that require them to improve communication with borrowers who have fallen behind on their payments. Read more>>

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Making the Most of Customer Complaints - How to Effectively Resolve and Learn From Customer Concerns to Drive Efficiency and Improve the Customer Experience
Lisa Ducharme, FSO Advisory Customer Experience Senior Manager, ERNST & YOUNG
Craig Martin, Director, J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES

Best Practices and Technology to Assure Compliance and Reduce Risk in the New Foreclosure Environment
Panelists: Sapan Bafna, Vice President - SolEx, CORELOGIC
Patrick Kopins, FANNIE MAE
Kyle Wilcox, VP, Loss Mitigation, NATIONSTAR