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June 2009 Articles


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

Q&A: Randy Cohen, Ethicist
By Darrick Meneken, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media

Spotlight on Des Moines, Iowa
By Darrick Meneken, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media




Feelin' Plucky
A wealth of refinancing business could be available via creditworthy loans trapped in filthy mortgage pools
By Chip Larson, president, Home Equity Partners

Understanding the Industry's Gray Areas
Often, the decision to comply or to let it fly comes via one of four issues
By Steven Sheasby, owner and president, Integrity Mortgage Licensing

The Value of Value Measurements
Knowing which housing reports track what -- and how -- often aids planning efforts
By David Stiff, chief economist, Fiserv Inc.

4 Ways to Build Mental Toughness
A strong mind-set and positive action can deliver an exceptional second half of 2009
By John Odegard, president and founder, Seattle Funding Group

The Benefits of Referring Loan Mods
Counseling clients nearing default or foreclosure can earn brokers new and continuing business
By Arvin Wijay, CEO, Retreat Capital Management

Prepping for a Fractional Comeback
Though now out of fashion, fractional ownership presents benefits for second-home buyers
By Mark Chesney, founder, GrandShare

Dig Deeper with Technology
Loan-modification software might help uncover hidden truths and assist borrowers
By Steve Grant, president, Credit Plus Inc.

How to Right Your Professional Path
During rocky times for the industry, it's imperative to pay extra attention to ethics
By Jean Badciong, vice president of operations, Inlanta Mortgage

RESPA: Untangling Its Knots
Set for Jan. 1 implementation, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act changes could confuse
By Lauren Ingersoll, senior vice president, Mavent Inc.

8 Tips for a Successful Appraisal Process
Implementing these tips -- or passing them to clients -- can hasten a refinance transaction
By J. Daniel Neumann, president, J. Daniel Neumann Appraisals Inc.

Why Credit Restoration Could Be Worthwhile
Multiple benefits may exist from teaming with a credit-repair firm
By Stephen Leifer, president, 1st Rate Financial

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