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Commercial | September 2019 
Shaking the Foundations
The hotel industry has experienced a major disruption in recent years due to the meteoric rise of Airbnb. The California startup mushroomed into a $38 billion business in less than a decade. The...
By Ben Mizes, co-founder and CEO, Clever Real Estate

Commercial | August 2019 
Don’t Keep Your Surety Bond a Secret
Definition Surety Bond Mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers and origin...
By Eric Weisbrot, chief marketing officer, JW Surety Bonds

Commercial | March 2019 
Surety Bonds Protect You and Your Clients
There are thousands of mortgage brokers who assist clients in acquiring commercial and residential properties throughout the country — with more professionals entering the industry each year. Although...
By Eric Weisbrot, chief marketing officer, JW Surety Bonds

Residential | November 2018 
Key Insurance Pool Needs More Than A Life Preserver
Fifty years ago, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy, a monster storm that killed 76 people and flooded more than 164,000 homes in New Orleans. Si...
By Amy Forester Roberti, vice president of congressional relations, Independent Community Bankers of America

Residential | June 2018 
Help Homebuyers Reach New Heights
American confidence is legendary. It is this confidence that carried men and women across treacherous waters to a new promised land, propelled us to take to the air with man-made wings and landed us o...
By Joe Melendez, CEO and founder, ValueInsured

Commercial | April 2018 
Not All Hotel Lending Is Created Equal
Help-wanted pleas can apply to many things after a hurricane or other natural disaster ravages a city. That includes “help wanted” in the form of financing assistance for hotels seeking to c...
By Brian A. Lee, freelance writer

Residential | August 2017 
Cure the Downpayment Blues
As a mortgage originator, you likely hear this often from potential homeowners: “I want to buy a home, but how can I possibly come up with a 20 percent downpayment?” Data show that many people buy hom...
By Lindsey Johnson, president and executive director, U.S. Mortgage Insurers

Residential | June 2016 
Help Your Clients Avoid Insurance Pitfalls
Unless your clients are going to purchase a home without a loan, they will need to obtain homeowners insurance. Finding the right home insurance is a vital step in every homebuyer’s journey....
By Matt Naimoli, partner, G&N Insurance; and Zack Gould, partner, G&N Insurance

Commercial | May 2016 
Underwriting Standards Evolve
It is no secret to anyone in the industry that since the economic recovery started, commercial real estate investment has been one of the hottest markets in the U.S. In fact, a national commercial pro...
By Ben Miller, director, Franklin Street Capital Advisors; and Casey Siggins, director, Franklin Street Capital Advisors

Residential | April 2016 
Ensure Customer Loyalty by Making Smart Referrals
Homeowners insurance is an important part of home protection that homebuyers need to consider. Although estimates vary, a large percentage of American homes — up to two-thirds — ar...
By Matt Naimoli, partner, G&N Insurance; and Zack Gould, partner, G&N Insurance

Residential | August 2003 
Maximize Profits with PMI
Like most loan originators, you probably dislike PMI. After all, what’s to like? PMI drives up the borrowers’ monthly payments, reduces the amount they qualify for, and is difficult to explain to the ...
By Scott Messina, president, BEXT Inc.

Commercial | July 2004 
Terrorism Insurance and Commercial Mortgage Loans: An Update
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) of 2002 was signed into law on November 26, 2002. The measure mandated that insurers restore coverage for damages resulting from future acts of terrorism and ...
By Lisa Pendergast, Managing Director of Real Estate Finance Research Department, Greenwich Capital

Commercial | May 2004 
Environmental Insurance Update: Still Many Applications & Benefits
Environmental insurance for lenders and borrowers alike remains a viable means to an end in closing deals quickly, offering the financial security that lenders and investors demand.  That being sai...
By Edmund A. Greene, Esq., member, IMA Financial Group

Commercial | December 2005 
Assessing Katrina
Hurricane Katrina is estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. In the wake of the August storm and those that followed in the Gulf Coast, the real estate community quickly real...
By Sanford S. Herrick, managing director, Hudson Realty Capital LLC

Commercial | September 2005 
Environmental Insurance Update
Change is the one element of the environmental-insurance industry that remains constant. As the industry changes, it is critical for brokers to have experience in the many subjects involved with pr...
By Edmund A. Greene, Esq., member, IMA Financial Group


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