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Articles about Compliance


Residential | December 2018 
Viewpoint: Mortgage Companies Seek a Level Playing Field
All mortgage companies, including nonbank lenders, are looking for ways to survive in this margin-compressed, compliance-heavy market. Ideas are flowing as to how to cut costs, optimize operations, in...
By Ed F. Wallace Jr., executive director, The Community Mortgage Lenders of America (CMLA)

Commercial | December 2018 
Get the Lowdown on CDC 504 Financing
Constructing a building can be a huge financial undertaking for a small business, an undertaking that many business owners believe is out of their reach. If they realized this could be accomplished th...
By Kurt Chambliss, executive vice president, TMC Financing

Residential | November 2018 
Appraisers Are at a Crossroads
Home sales have steadily increased in the country in the last several years, which means there also has been an increase in the need for appraisals. All signs point to this trend continuing. To...
By James L. Murrett, president, Appraisal Institute

Residential | November 2018 
Don't Lose Your Cool When You Get Audited
You’re going to be audited. Those five words will make the hair on the back of any mortgage originator’s neck stand up. Originators know they can be audited at any time and have come to expect...
By Phil Mastin, assistant vice president and director of regulatory affairs, United Wholesale Mortgage; and Jeff Midbo, senior vice president and chief compliance officer/deputy general counsel, United Wholesale Mortgage

Residential | October 2018 
APIs Are the Software Titans of the Mortgage Industry
Although it’s been more than a decade since the U.S. mortgage crisis first began, new rules and regulations continue to emerge within the mortgage industry. As a direct result, navigating the lending ...
By Susan Graham, president and chief operating officer, Financial Industry Computer Systems Inc.

Commercial | September 2018 
Prepare for GSE Reform
The future direction of government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been a hot-button topic for debate across the multifamily and commercial mortgage industry. Commercial re...
By Susan Graham, president and chief operating officer, Financial Industry Computer Systems Inc.

Commercial | June 2018 
Alternative Lenders Can Be Your Secret to Success
The compliance costs associated with the Dodd-Frank Act, the Patriot Act, the Federal Reserve’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review and other regulatory constraints are high. Those costs, combin...
By Creighton C. Bildstein, principal, PlattPointe Capital

Commercial | March 2018 
Cybersecurity Isn’t a Luxury Item
One of the last things mortgage professionals would ever want to do is put their borrowers’ personal information at risk as part of the lending process. The consequences of a malicious digital breach ...
By Al Alper, founder and CEO, Absolute Logic

Residential | February 2018 
The Compliance Balancing Act
Lewis Carroll famously said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This maxim certainly pertains to mortgage compliance professionals, who play a key role in helping le...
By Britt Faircloth, senior regulatory consultant, Wolters Kluwer

Residential | January 2018 
The Power of Digital Transformation
Digital transformation can mean different things to different people, particularly in the diverse financial-services realm. Loan-processing centers may focus on eliminating paper while retail mortgage...
By Russ Gould, vice president of product and solutions marketing, Kofax

Commercial | November 2017 
Brokers Can Provide Value by Understanding Regulations
Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in 1977 to encourage banks to meet the needs of the communities in which they operate. Specifically, the CRA targets low- and moderate-income neigh...
By Joseph Silvia, attorney

Commercial | November 2017 
Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage
Earlier this year, the state of New York adopted the “first-in-the-nation” set of cybersecurity compliance requirements that specifically impacted any businesses or organizations that report to ...
By Al Alper, founder and CEO, Absolute Logic

Residential | November 2017 
The Mortgage IT Age Has Arrived
Hardly any part of society remains unaffected by information technology today. From software like social media and networking sites to hardware like smartphones, tablets and now wearable tech, one wou...
By Houtan Hormozian, vice president, Crestico Inc.

Residential | October 2017 
A Brave New Mortgage World
We live in a world being remade at an ever-faster pace by technology. By simplifying and connecting every aspect of our lives, technology has made it possible for us to work wherever and whenever we d...
By Bill Packer, executive vice president and chief information officer, American Financial Resources Inc.

Residential | October 2017 
Mortgage Life in the Fast Lane
Speed has fascinated the world for decades. Einstein studied and measured speed extensively, and people have been captivated by the fastest Olympic swimmers, sprinters and skiers — not to mentio...
By Brian Honea, freelance writer, Little Creek Real Estate


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