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Bryan Sullivan, the CFO at LoanDepot, talks about its growth prospects without fuel from an initial public offering, how getting consumers to opt for home equity lines of credit is tough, and why he considers the nonbank a disruptor.
Quicken Loans, the company that showed a mortgage business can operate successfully without face-to-face interaction with borrowers, is now giving customers the option to work without human loan officers.
Zillow Group has formed a partnership with Google to provide the search giant with access to its real-time mortgage data.
Fannie Mae has introduced an improved online data portal, which users can customize to receive reports on loan servicing, pricing and other areas.
When Guaranteed Rate's Sam Sharp discovered past clients' online reviews were bringing in new business, he started making customer feedback a major part of his digital marketing strategy.
From single-point-of-contact requirements to the need for better self-service options, servicers surveyed by National Mortgage News are taking a much-needed hard look at the full range of customer touch-points that they operate.
Intuvo, a company that provides marketing automation software to the credit union industry, and a division of CU Direct, announced it has entered into new partnership agreements with three credit unions.
In one instance, a single complaint in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's database was counted as 35 different ones while in another, a complaint against a payday lender was filed against an unrelated bank. Current and former officials say that's par for the course, leading to inflated complaint numbers and inaccurate data.
Lenders are doing a better job keeping consumers informed about the loan process, according to the latest J.D. Power mortgage survey. But the actual speed of loan closings is also a key factor to borrowers' overall satisfaction.
Amid a renewed focus on improving customer service and the overall borrowing experience, lenders surveyed by National Mortgage News indicate a strong interest in customer-relationship management software, but remain tepid about electronic signatures.
A proprietary loan origination system is the best way to stay ahead of compliance and organizational growth.
While regulatory pressures remain top of mind for the mortgage industry, lenders surveyed by National Mortgage News are shifting their attention from defensive-minded compliance initiatives to ones that improve companies' ability to compete.
Title insurers are bracing for a bumpy fourth quarter due to the CFPB's new mortgage disclosure rules. But the timing of the regulation might actually help get the short-term pains out of the way during what's typically a slower period of mortgage activity.
Fannie Mae was affected by the same derivatives accounting mismatch that led to Freddie Mac's first quarterly loss in four years. But its bulk and balance sheet provided enough cushion for the larger of the two government-sponsored enterprises to post a profit for the third quarter.
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings took $66 million in losses for the third quarter, compared to a $75 million gain in the second quarter.
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