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Articles about Risk Management


Commercial | November 2004 
Understanding Risk Is Hard, But Here Is a Simple Solution
Question I find it extremely difficult to pinpoint the risk in any given investment opportunity. Many investors with whom I speak often ask about the risk or how I see the risk in a particula...
By Al Auger, writer, Pure Profits: Pinpoint Winning Properties

Residential | March 2004 
Risk-Based Pricing: It’s Not What You Earn; It’s What You Keep
By now, like it or not, we have all bought into the world of “risk-based pricing” in the subprime arena.  How, why and when did this phenomena come about and what does it mean?  How is risk quantified...
By Steve W. Kaplan, senior vice president, MIT Lending

Commercial | November 2005 
Limiting Risk
Financing affects all clients poised to buy large commercial real estate assets. In most cases, real estate acquisitions are time-sensitive and have specific performance dates. Your financing must n...
By David Ross, managing director, Tremont Realty Capital

Commercial | June 2006 
Taking the Feds’ Advice
Since 2002, the U.S. commercial real estate market has experienced unprecedented growth. In 2005 alone, commercial real estate defied odds by reaching volumes of $220 billion, up from $186 billion t...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Commercial | January 2006 
A Wise Strategy
Recognizing that environmental contamination can pose a credit risk, more lenders are integrating formal environmental policies into their core credit-risk-management processes. These policies outli...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Residential | August 2006 
Assessing Risk
When selecting a lender with which to work, mortgage brokers must be aware of the lender’s ability to provide them with the necessary tools to close loans in a timely manner. These tools include, bu...
By Manuel V. Sicre, chief financial officer, EMP Medical Services and Central Medical Equipment Rental

Residential | June 2006 
We Catch Bad Guys, Too
The process of catching fraud in the mortgage industry is similar to that used by the detectives on any number of television crime dramas. When you think about it, we also catch bad guys. ...
By John Samuelson, manager of fraud and loss prevention, MILA Inc.

Commercial | December 2007 
Risk in the Spotlight
The credit crunch across real estate markets has increased borrowing costs and tightened underwriting standards in the commercial mortgage industry. Banks are reportedly raising the cost of financin...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Commercial | November 2007 
How to Examine and Mitigate Risk
If you arrange income-property loans for commercial real estate investors, you’ve probably experienced some resistance recently from your lenders on transactions they may not have resisted previousl...
By Mark A. Roberts, regional director of originations, Hometown Commercial Capital

Commercial | May 2007 
Risk-Management: A Combination Approach
Real estate lending institutions, fiduciaries and capital-market players are rethinking the ways they approach environmental risk management. This is because of 2006’s Environmental Protection Agenc...
By Mark H. Fackler, president, AZLAND Business Solutions LLC

Commercial | April 2007 
4 Primary Defeasance Provisions
More than 2,500 commercial-mortgage-backed-securities loans — worth more than $20 billion in total — were defeased in 2006, according to Moody’s Investors Service. This was a dramatic increase from ...
By Sarah Coffey, defeasance consultant, Chatham Financial

Residential | November 2007 
Where You’re at Risk
During this past summer’s nonprime-market meltdown, much blame was placed on liberal loan products and lending to risky borrowers. But it is important to realize that there are unnecessary risks tha...
By Jeff Gentry, vice president of emerging services, Kroll Factual Data

Residential | September 2007 
OK … But What Does Your Lender Think About Your Outsourcing?
Turmoil in the nonprime market has led regulators to put pressure on investors to scrutinize mortgage originators’ compliance programs. As lenders and investors begin demanding more perfect loans, t...
By Ruth Thompson, senior principal, Desert Document Services

Residential | April 2007 
Bye-Bye, Blindsides
Sooner or later, all companies will face some sort of threat to their business — aka, a blindside. For instance, if your business involves transporting products and services, the threat ...
By Lee Froschheiser, president and CEO, Management Action Programs

Residential | January 2007 
Not Managing Risk is Risky Business
When most mortgage originators and lenders think of compliance and quality control, they think of the steps that keep auditors off their backs. There is another part of mortgage quality assurance, h...
By Tom Duncan, Scotsman Guide Media, Inc


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