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Mortgage servicing executives from across the country will assemble just outside of Dallas for the Mortgage Bankers Association's 2018 National Mortgage Servicing Conference and Expo.

One hot topic will be how servicers are responding to recent natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires that have affected mortgage borrowers in pockets of the country. Servicers will be looking to stay updated on natural disaster initiatives, policies, and impending rule changes.

Compliance, as always, also will be a hot topic at this year's event, where new rules for dealing with borrowers in bankruptcy and other fair lending requirements will be discussed.

Servicing transfers continue to be a challenge for servicers, and a number of speakers will address this topic as well.

Another conference theme will center on digital strategies and innovation in servicing. A number of panel discussions and live demos are on the agenda, and industry experts will share tips on how best to use automation like mobile applications for borrowers, and software to streamline servicing processes.

Women executives will have an opportunity to gather at an mPower networking event hosted by Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, an apparel company advocating for women to have a confident sense of self.

The MBA's 2018 Servicing Conference will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, from Feb. 6 to Feb. 9.

Here's a look at six of the top themes at this year's conference. Follow @NatMortgageNews, @AustinPKilgore, @NMNBrad and @ElinaTark for live updates throughout the event. And if you're there in person, be sure to stop by our spot in the exhibit hall, say hello and check out our new booth. (We also have some pretty sweet swag for this year!)