“Leadership is the art of seeing the invisible” – Jonathan Swift

I was thinking of that quote the other day as I was reading about the recent blockchain transaction between Figure Lending and Apollo. To me, the nature of the eNote mortgages on-boarded as unique digital assets and the use of blockchain in their transfer demonstrates that innovation is alive and well in the mortgage industry. This was also the case last Fall when Redwood Trust and Liquid did the first blockchain non-agency RMBS securitization.

Clearly, these leaders have seen and acted on something that the broader market is just beginning to recognize. In fact, the most recent Fannie Mae Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey® (MLSS) found that only 25% of lenders said they were familiar with blockchain and its possible applications in the mortgage business.

Will blockchain transform the secondary market? Maybe in the long-term. But in the nearer-term, high-visibility deals like this one will make the private-label market more receptive to eNotes. – Armando


Digital Transformation Will Continue Despite Slowdown

Will a slowdown in the mortgage market result in lenders cutting back on tech investments? Not necessarily. Check out Jim Voth’s latest interview with MortgageOrb on why now is not the time to pause a digital transformation.

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People on the Move

Last month was a big month for leadership changes across the industry. Ginnie Mae named Sam Valverde Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Felecia Rotellini as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the President.

Stavvy appointed Brooke Adams General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Truist announced Dontá L. Wilson will now lead its Retail Community Banking and Marketing activities.

 

ICE Mortgage Creates eClose Ties with 3 POS Platforms

ICE Mortgage Technology has integrated with three leading point of sale vendors — Roostify, Maxwell and Floify — to allow for cross-platform operability for eClosings. Commenting on the integrations, ICE’s SVP of Business and Client Development, Parvesh Sahi said,
“We are making it easy for lenders to adopt automation and start gaining the competitive advantages that come with our eClose solution.”

 

New MERS eRegistry Participants

Last month 4 new members — 2 originators, an investor and an eVault provider — completed their integration with the MERS® eRegistry. The new members include Nova Financial & Investment Corp., Zillow Home Loans, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority and International Document Services, Inc. Congratulations to these innovators for joining the growing list of organizations that can transact eNotes across the mortgage ecosystem!

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eSigning Technology Enhancements

Qualia, a digital real estate closing platform, launched a series of new features and updates to its RON technology. Qualia RON is now available in Texas, Tennessee, Washington, Maryland, Utah and Nevada. Pavaso, a digital real estate closing technology company, has also updated its eSigning experience with new process improvements and an entirely new look and feel

 


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09.16.21 – Announcing the HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale 2022-1 (“HVLS 2022-1”).

09/15/2021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has announced the latest HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale (“HVLS 2022-1”).

On November 10, 2021, HUD will offer multiple residential mortgage pools consisting of approximately 1,700 notes and a loan balance of approximately $417 million.

The sale will consist of due and payable Secretary-Held loans. The loans are first liens secured by 1 to 4-unit, vacant residential properties where the last surviving borrower is deceased.  This sale will include increased bidding opportunities for non-profit and state & local government purchasers.

Entities interested in participating can contact the Office of Asset Sales Single Family Transaction Specialist at 1-844-709-0763 or email [email protected] for more information.

Falcon Digital Mortgage August Newsletter

08/25/2022

I recently came across a study in the latest issue of theJournal of Structured Finance by MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni about the acceleration of eMortgage adoption. The study looks at the jump in eMortgage adoption over the past few years, specifically fueled by the pandemic and why the market may currently be at a tipping point moving toward a period of more rapid adoption.

Falcon Digital Mortgage June Newsletter

06/28/2022

Ginnie Mae has officially reopened its Digital Collateral Program, a project that our consulting group has been very involved in over the last two years. This is a major step forward for eMortgage securitization.