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Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Related Articles December 8, 2014 892 Views As policymakers continue to mull over the possible dissolution of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a new survey shows industry professionals support the continued—albeit reduced—presence of the two mortgage giants in the market.In a report released Monday, the Collingwood Group said that 65 percent of lenders and other mortgage industry workers support the push for GSE reform, calling their current state of conservatorship under the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) unsustainable.At the same time, none of the survey respondents called for a wind-down or elimination of the GSEs, calling instead for administrative changes and the addressing of issues ranging from “aggressive put-back tactics” to the companies’ overwhelmingly dominant position in the market, which some firms see as the government crowding out the private sector.The Collingwood Group’s findings run counter to tactics taken by lawmakers like Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the heads of the Senate Banking Committee and authors of a bill designed to dissolve the GSEs and replace them with a government corporation that has a more limited role.Having passed a committee vote against the wishes of many Democrats, the Johnson-Crapo bill has yet to see a full Senate vote, despite support from the Obama administration. Critics of the legislation, including committee members Charles Schumer (D-New York), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), say it doesn’t do enough to provide affordable housing for lower-income Americans.While Washington continues to debate over the next step for Fannie and Freddie, the Collingwood Group reports that the two companies are making strides in improving their relationships in the mortgage industry. Sixty-seven percent of respondents in the firm’s survey indicated that Freddie Mac has become more supportive and responsive to lenders’ needs in the last year, while 63 percent said the same for Fannie Mae.”The industry’s perception of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s boost in performance over the last year is evidence of the fight for market share,” the Collingwood Group said. “It’s clear that the agencies are providing better service to customers in order to compete with each other and the private label market.”When asked about which factors most influence their decisions on which GSE to sell their loans to, nearly half of respondents cited price as the biggest point, with one anonymous respondent saying, “Amidst margin compression and rising expenses, we have to capture every basis point.”Twenty-four percent said the most important factor is which GSE offers better support for smaller lenders, while 22 percent were more concerned about rep and warrant relief and enforcement. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Collingwood Group Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Politics 2014-12-08 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Collingwood Group Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Politics Previous: GSEs Officially Lower Down Payment to 3 Percent for Qualifying First-Time Homebuyers Next: HUD, VA Work Together to End Veteran Homelessness About Author: Tory Barringer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Exclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backing

first_imgHome » News » Exclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backing previous nextProptechExclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backingInvestor Life Ventures says the recently-developed service generated 50 transactions and over 700 viewings when trialled by its parent sales and letting agency.Nigel Lewis2nd November 20181 Comment4,126 Views A London estate agent has joined a group of investors putting £500,000 into a company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) based chatbot service exclusively for estate agent and developers designed to help them handle portal leads.Life Ventures, which is the proptech investment arm of London sales and lettings firm Life Residential, has stumped up the cash after its parent company LiFE has trialled Blyng for 3 months (12 weeks).Called Blyng, Life Residential claims that the chatbot processed 2,000 leads, ‘spoke’ to 800 users on its website and handled 14,000 questions about properties for sale, to let or under management.The company also claims that it was directly responsible for generating 720 viewings and 50 sales and letting deals during the trial.There are several AI-based chatbots in the market but Blyng claims to be the first to be designed specifically for the real estate market and be able to ‘speak property’.It is available via Facebook Messenger, a smartphone Web app and soon WhatsApp. The estate agent is contacted by a potential lead through the portals and the Blyng virtual assistant then engages and qualifies the lead and simplifies the customer journey.“Testing and using Blyng is the beginning of the future way of doing business,” says Jonathan Werth, Managing Director of LiFE Residential (left).Blyng has been developed by entrepreneurs Alex Boulenger and Julien Vidal (pictured above) and has the backing of Pi Labs and Ascension Ventures as well as Life Residential.“Blyng is the first AI chatbot for property negotiators in the UK and has already been trained with a large amount of data, making Blyng smarter every day,” said Vidal.LIFE Residential LiFE VEntures November 2, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChristian Woodhouse, Search Acumen Search Acumen 3rd November 2018 at 8:55 pmA fantastic use of technology that appears to be paying dividends.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

WLAX : SU to rely on offense while young goaltenders find comfort zone

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img Last year, Syracuse called on its defense to prevent other teams from scoring while its young offense continued to develop. Though the defense wasn’t great, the offense was the bigger liability for the Orange.A year later, SU is leaning on its offense, which has transformed from youthful and inexperienced to a unit defined by depth.‘It’s definitely a great thing to have,’ midfielder Sarah Holden said. ‘It’s going to be hard to scout us just because we’re going to have a well-rounded attack.’SU entered nearly every game with Liz Hogan in net last season. The All-American led the Big East in save percentage and was 10th nationally. Meanwhile, the offense ranked in the bottom half of the nation in goals per game with just more than 12. But now, even with Hogan gone, No. 12 Syracuse still has lofty expectations with nine starters and four of its five leading scorers returning from last season.Michelle Tumolo is the unquestioned leader of that bunch. The junior attack, who was named the Big East’s Preseason Offensive Player of Year, was Syracuse’s leading scorer a season ago with 63 points. Tumolo also set SU’s single-season assist record for a sophomore last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a talented and capable cast surrounding her, Tumolo is excited to spearhead the offensive attack.‘It’s good because then the defense on the opposing team doesn’t know who to mark,’ Tumolo said. ‘It’s great to have everyone who scores because if I’m covered, Alyssa (Murray) can score. If Alyssa’s covered and I’m covered, we’ve got Katie Webster. Everyone’s an option and everyone’s a weapon. It’s great to have balanced scoring.’Webster and Holden could benefit the most from Tumolo’s stellar passing. The midfielders finished tied for second on the team in goals last season with 32 apiece — a plateau neither feels would have been attainable without Tumolo.‘I love when Michelle has the ball down low,’ Webster said. ‘You know she’s either looking to go 1 v. 1 because she’s quick or she’s got that quick pass. She’s a great assister.’The fourth cog to this potential offensive machine is Murray. The sophomore was second on the team in assists last season to give the potent duo of Webster and Holden yet another distributor.But what makes expectations so high for Murray and Webster in particular is the progress expected between their freshman and sophomore seasons.Last year, they were thrust into action as freshmen for a mediocre offensive unit. Though the young Orange had an up-and-down 2011 campaign, it could pay off this season. With a year of full-time experience under their belts, the sophomores are a year ahead of where most sophomores are expected to be.‘It definitely helps all of us,’ Murray said. ‘We all learned, whether we were on the offensive side or the defensive side. … You just learn a lot just being on the field, knowing the experience, getting all the nerves out that way when you come back the next year. You’re like a vet.’The biggest question this season is how the team replaces Hogan. Though SU head coach Gary Gait has been impressed with the play of Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson in net, it’s impossible to replace a goaltender like Hogan.So the Syracuse offense will have to pick up the slack and carry the team as it adjusts in net.‘Our coaches are really stressing the importance of going hard all the time, and I think you’re definitely going to see a lot more goals with us, and we’ve been working on our shooting, so hopefully we’ll be better finishing,’ Holden said. ‘… Look to see a lot of goals and hopefully less goals on the defensive end.’[email protected]last_img read more

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