Gateway First Bank Names New Chief Information Officer

Gateway First Bank has announced that Bryan Self has joined the Bank’s executive management team as its Chief Information Officer. In this role, Self will be responsible for overseeing all of Gateway’s technologies and processes to ensure a positive customer experience, whether internal or external. Self’s arrival is especially timely with the impending implementation of several new technologies including Empower, a new mortgage loan origination system, and Q2, an end-to-end banking experience platform.

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Black Knight: Strong Equity Stakes Alone May Not Be Enough To Stave Off Foreclosure Starts

The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report, based upon the company’s industry-leading mortgage, real estate and public records datasets. Given Black Knight’s recent analysis of the strong equity positions of  borrowers in forbearance, even when adding 18 months of deferred payments to their debt loads, this month’s report explores the relationship between such equity positions and downstream foreclosure start rates and – ultimately – distressed liquidations. According to Black Knight Data & Analytics President Ben Graboske, the data suggests that the healthy stores of equity in the hands of homeowners currently in forbearance may not be sufficient on its own to ward off foreclosure activity.

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WFG Re-Engineers How Title Agents And Underwriters Work Together

WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG), a Portland-based, full-service provider of title insurance and real estate settlement services for commercial and residential transactions nationwide, has published a new whitepaper that explores the title agent-underwriter relationship in great detail. The paper, “Creating a True Partnership Between Title Agencies and Underwriters,” is available as a free download on the WFG Blocks website.

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Equifax Partners With NAMMBA To Assist Underserved Communities And Their Housing Needs

Equifax has partnered with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Brokers of America (NAMMBA) to help support its efforts to assist underserved communities and their housing needs. This relationship aligns directly with the ongoing Equifax commitment to advance financial inclusion and help all consumers access and better understand their credit profiles.

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Integration Helps Federal Student Loan Holders Become Homeowners

Mortgage Coach has partnered with LoanSense, an online student loan advisor that helps federal student loan holders enroll in affordable repayment and forgiveness plans. The partnership equips mortgage lenders to help homebuyers with high monthly federal student loan payments achieve better home financing outcomes by enrolling in federal student loan Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

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Home Affordability Slips Again For Average Workers Across U.S.

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Affordability Report, showing that median-priced single-family homes are less affordable in the third quarter compared to historical averages in 75 percent of counties across the nation with enough data to analyze. That is up from 56 percent of counties in the third quarter of 2020, to the highest point in 13 years, as home prices have increased faster than wages in much of the country.

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