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May 2009 Articles


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Inside Scotsman Guide’s residential edition, you’ll find all the tools that make our monthly, national magazine the leading resource for residential mortgage originators.

Our monthly departments include our award-winning Spotlight, which highlights a different state each month; columns from the Mortgage Bankers Association, RealtyTrac, Zillow and more; and in-depth looks at the news shaping the industry in our BackSpace feature.

Each month also brings you contributed articles from industry experts with information on how to stay compliant, build your business and excel in the mortgage industry.




From the Editor
By Tony Stasiek, editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Q&A: Rob Alba, American Bankers Association VP
Rob Alba, Vice President for Mortgage Finance and Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Bankers Association
By Ivanna C. Sukkar, editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Helping Hands: Residential Finance Corp.
Each month, Helping Hands features a mortgage professional or group that has volunteered to lend a hand to others in need
By Ivanna C. Sukkar, editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Spotlight: Hartford, Connecticut
By Tony Stasiek, editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Getting Personal
First-person accounts from mortgage professionals
By Melinda Potcher, mortgage broker, Trinity Mortgage LLC




Stopping Identity Theft
Fraud detection steps up front and center as the Red Flags Rule takes effect this month
By Ted Dreyer, senior attorney, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services

New Code to Alter Appraisal Landscape
Home Valuation Code of Conduct changes processes for working with Fannie and Freddie loans
By J. Daniel Neumann, president, J. Daniel Neumann Appraisals Inc.

How to Detect Early Signs of Fraud
Top-secret tip for spotting deceit: Pay attention
By Robert Nolan, president and CEO, IvyStone Sales and Personality Assessments LLC

Today's Credit Trends
Knowing six key issues could help brokers provide better aid for their clients
By Daryl Spector, founder, Close More Loans USA

Behind the Veil of Market Reports
Context is everything when attempting to make sense of monthly housing data
By Steve Cook, managing editor, Real Estate Economy Watch and UPI Real Estate

Forensic Loan Audits Provide Protection
Brokers can improve quality control and avoid trouble with these business backstops
By August Blass, owner, National Loan Auditors; and Stephen Hoshida, manager of the legal portal, National Loan Auditors

Diving into Loan Pools
Private money offers hope for borrowers and opportunity for brokers
By Timi Pereira, president, GoldenOmega

Manufactured Housing: Help Wanted
Brokers looking for a new niche might want to consider personal-property loans
By Brett Pierce, president, MH Lending Solutions

Fight Fraud With a Balanced Approach
Technology and human instinct have a role in stopping mortgage mayhem
By Jay Meadows, Scotsman Guide Media, Inc

With Risk Management, It Pays to Plan
Implementing some simple safeguards can keep brokers from the brink of disaster
By David A. Wind, board member, Community Home Lenders Association (CHLA); and David M. Smiles, vice president, Smiles Holdings LLC

You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Broker Loans
By joining national or state broker associations, you can make a positive difference in the industry
By Shawn Von Talge, president, Flat Branch Mortgage Inc.

4 Ways to Break the Ice
Earn your clients' trust by showing them you care during these tough economic times
By Brenda Rhodes, CEO, InTouch Corp.

How to Make Risk Management Less Risky
When planning your next move, identify your risk and your tolerance for it
By Michelle LaBrosse, founder, Cheetah Learning

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