first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Who are the Industry’s Top Leaders? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 6, 2018 3,944 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: 2019 Trends in Real Estate Investments Next: Breaking Away From the Negative Equity Trap Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Following its inaugural Top 25 Companies to Work list that was published in November, MReport, the sister publication of DS News, is now calling for nominations for its list of Top 25 Industry Leaders. The winners will be announced in the February issue of the magazine. Companies can send their nominations by filling out a simple survey by January 11, 2019 to recognize individuals within their organization whose subject matter expertise, charisma, or even the way they have gone above and beyond to help the team, an employee, or even someone outside the company, make them stand out in a crowd.The list will serve as a premier platform to highlight the achievements of individuals in the mortgage and housing industries who are leading by example and helping their teams and companies think outside the box to help shape and evolve the industry’s path forward.“MReport’s Top 25 Industry Leaders list will celebrate individuals whose unique perspectives are strengthening the industry’s future,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of MReport. “This list will honor leaders who have worked tirelessly and led by example to strengthen their teams and companies in a constantly changing market environment.”Industry experience, noteworthy awards, charity initiatives that the individual is associated with, achievements, and their styles of managing individuals and teams are just some of the factors that will be considered for individuals to make this list. Whether it is mentoring employees, an experience beyond the industry that contributes to the individual’s effectiveness now, or a mindset that’s bent towards continuous learning and accepting constructive criticism are some of the traits that will be looked at in the selection process of these individual leaders.By filling the online survey below, companies have the chance to give a shout-out to individuals who are making a positive difference in the industry and supporting the American Dream of Homeownership.Click here to nominate an individual you look up to in your company. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Default Servicing DS News Editor-in-Chief HOUSING leaders mortgage MReport Publisher Rachel Williams 2018-12-06 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgPeep some fall foliage via cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway As we make our way into mid to late October, the visual evidence of the changing season is hard to ignore. For some, autumn is just a ‘shoulder season’ between summer and winter riding; but for others, autumn is what they look forward to all year. The beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains is only enhanced by the delicate palette Mother Nature pulls out during that fleeting moment in fall. Like she is sorry to take it all away come winter so she gives us one last fireworks show.Even if you aren’t particularly enamored by the colors of seasonal transition, take advantage of the cool weather and low humidity by getting up into the higher elevations. The best, albeit not the easiest, way to do this is by taking a cycling tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luckily, there is now a Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide app for iPhone and Android phones.The best elevations for fall color likely will be in the 2,000-4,000 range, but even if you are looking down on it, the leaves will still be spectacular wherever you are. Just driving on the Parkway and stopping at the pullouts would get you an eyeful, but getting in the saddle to ride up is much more satisfying. Two of the best sections to ride at the southern end of the BRP are between Black Balsam and the Parkway’s highest point at Richland Balsam or the engineering marvel of the Linn Cove Viaduct coming out of Blowing Rock. Both provide sweeping panoramas and are less strenuous than other quad-busting sections.View Weekend Cycling BRP in a larger maplast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2009 El Salvador has declined to host four of seven sports assigned to it for the IX Central American Games, which the country will hold jointly with Panama and Guatemala in March, due to the damage suffered by its stadiums during November’s rains, an official announced. The Games should have taken place this month in Honduras but were suspended as a result of the political crisis, for which reason the Central American Sports Organization decided to reschedule them in three locations, the president of the Salvadoran Olympic Committee, Eduardo Palomo, said. Seven sports were initially assigned to El Salvador, but due to November’s torrential rains, which left around two hundred dead and millions of dollars in damage, including damage to sports venues, the country declined to organize four competitions and will only host three, rowing, fencing, and archery, Palomo said. “An effort is being made at the federation level, trying to decide whether the four sports that we can’t host here can be hosted in the other locations,” he said. The sports rejected by El Salvador are squash, skating, bowling, and weightlifting, the official explained. The IX Central American Sports Games, which were going to take place this month in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, will be held from 2 to 14 March 2010, and their opening ceremony will be in Panama. “The Central American Games have not followed the normal course that a set of games should follow,” Palomo acknowledged.last_img read more

first_imgEditors note: As I finished this post, something seemed familiar. Well, there was a reason. I wrote about this day before. I thought about scratching it and starting over, but I looked back at the day a bit differently this time. I hope you don’t mind. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img by: Anthony  DemangoneHe was struggling.Our best 11-year-old pitcher was on the mound. But he has lost his touch. And as the pitches soared this way and that, I could see his frustration grow.He loaded the bases with walks.And then I heard it.“Just throw strikes.”That was the head coach. And he didn’t say “just throw strikes.”  He growled it.Four more pitches. Four more balls.He walked in a run. I’ve pitched before, and there’s no worse feeling than losing control. I saw the pitcher’s head drop.“Just throw strikes,” bellowed the coach.I was the assistant coach that season.‘Let me handle it,” I said.last_img read more

first_imgby: Brian DayConsumers are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to conduct financial transactions and other banking functions from anywhere, anytime.The convenience and ease-of-use mobile banking offers is becoming more popular among consumers looking to conduct financial business on the go. In fact, a recent Carlisle & Gallagher survey suggests many American consumers are frequent mobile banking users. Specifically, the study of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers found 55 percent consider mobile banking a habit. That number is expected to increase, as mobile device growth will likely continue to rise in the coming years.The survey also found 84 percent of those polled conduct banking on their laptop or desktop, while 52 percent said they use their smartphones. Survey data indicates consumers most often utilize mobile banking to:Check balancesTransfer fundsPay bills continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgPart one of my Finovate recap focused on a pair of big ideas intent on upending conventional fintech wisdom.Innovation in banking often is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, however, and more of this year’s showcase tilted toward market-ready solutions offering incremental improvements to existing models, including several with particular relevance for credit unions.Much attention was devoted to the monetization (and de-papering) of the mortgage process:• AI Foundry suggests that while it’s fairly easy to get to “yes” online, conversion issues emerge during the follow-up paperwork.The firm’s Agile Mortgage product applies machine learning to provide greater insight to application status—for both the applicant and loan officer—during the remainder of the trail. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe speed and depth of the current COVID-19 pandemic has created a once in a lifetime challenge for many credit unions. The member marketing and service strategies in place at the beginning of the year have become obsolete in a matter of weeks. How are you navigating your credit union through this turbulent time?  One tool that has proven useful is a simple topline segmentation analysis of your member base to articulate member service strategies, define segment messaging and coordinate operational resources.The primary benefit of using this strategy framework is that you don’t need sophisticated software; just someone in your office who knows how to run reports from you core system and the basics of excel.The framework works with two primary variables that tend to have the most influence on the context of your member interactions.  The two variables are:Member service delivery preferences including; online, mobile, customer service, automated phone banking, in-branch, drive-up and ATMs.Accounts utilized by individual members. It is simpler and you can be just as effective by using account categories such as; checking, time deposits, IRAs, car loans, mortgages and HELOCs.If you match these two variables in a cross-tab it creates a topline strategy roadmap for member account, service migration and messaging.  The illustration below is a rough example of what your strategy grid might look like.  Given the social distancing requirement, the primary focus is to move all members who use the branch as their primary servicing channel to another available channel.  Secondary priorities include; emergency loan modifications to business and individual members, as well as, personal financial management assistance to help members respond to the crisis.It’s possible to further refine this type of segment roadmap by incorporating the number of accounts/services of each member household or use an aggregate household balance of all accounts to provide further definitions within each segment.Tactics can also be driven from this framework.  As an example, you can provide the list of members who prefer in-branch service and have your branch associates call these members to discuss new service options and benefits. These calls can be made with your front line associates already knowing the accounts and service preferences of the members they are calling.   Many of these in-branch member interactions can be replaced with either scheduled appointments or use of the drive up window.  Many credit unions have expanded their drive up hours to increase the convenience of this service option.For those members who do not use online or a mobile banking application, incentives can be offered to individual members for a first online deposit or any online transaction such as payroll deposit, debit card or balance transfer. This group typically can be 15% – 20% of your member base.This is a stressful time for everyone, so it is especially important to make members feel you understand their situation and can provide the help they need to make it through this crisis.  By creating a strategy framework for addressing required member service changes, all your associates will be working off the same page and as a result messaging will be consistent across all communication channels.  Consistent and coherent messaging goes a long way to creating confidence in your institution. Stay strong, be kind to those who need your help, and we will all get through this crisis together. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Koechlein Frank Koechlein is the President at Empower Your Analytics and coauthor of the marketing resource book “The New Marketing Analytics”. Frank has over 40 years of marketing experience in the … Web: empoweryouranalytics.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgNews broke this week that all of Team Dignitas’s investment ventures will be consolidated into a new holding company called Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment.Dignitas owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer own teams across many sectors of professional sports such as the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the Premier League team Crystal Palace FC. Team Dignitas is their first esports venture which they acquired in late September of 2016 and merged with League of Legends Team Apex.“As we continue to expand our scope in the world of professional sports and entertainment, we’re excited to launch Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment,” Harris stated. “We believe this endeavor allows us to continue to grow strategically and innovatively.”Image courtesy of Team DignitasThe new holding company is planned to be used as Harris and Blitzer’s means of investing into their further global sports expansion. The company will also include a number of different franchises on top of Team Dignitas, including the 76ers, the Devils, the Delaware 87ers, the Binghamton Devils, the Sixers Innovation Lab, the Prudential Center as well as the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center.The new company brought in David Sholler as the VP for Communications as well as various promotions including moving Chris Heck to President of the Sixers.CEO of the 76ers, Devils and the Prudential Center Arena, Scott O’Neil, echoed Harris’s statement about expansion, stating that he is committed to the brand’s growth.“The commitment to growth, which started with the acquisition of the Philadelphia 76ers, has quickly emerged as a growing and dynamic sports and entertainment company. The formation of HBSE is a signal that this is just the beginning of an incredible future.” Esports Insider says: Establishing Team Dignitas as its own entity as opposed to an esports team belonging to two NBA team owners, demonstrates a further interest into investing in the esports industry.last_img read more

first_img“He says some things that can be construed as racist,” Barkley said. “Some things he says are very wrong and flagrant. … There are some things he says that really need to be — especially when he has an opportunity to denounce white nationalism and things like that, he can do a much better job.CHARLES BARKLEY on TRUMP:“Do I think he’s a racist? I’m leery of calling people ‘racist.’ He says some things that can be construed as racist. Some things he says are very wrong and flagrant.”pic.twitter.com/njHfCg17HT— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) July 30, 2019Barkley also said he is supporting Pete Buttigieg but has not picked a front-runner yet. Barkley has been outspoken about these issues before and took a lap through the debate’s spin room to talk to media ahead of the event.”I think all politicians take black votes for granted,” he said. “They talk to black folks every four years and that’s about it, how they’re going to make our lives better and they do nothing about it. Both parties suck in that aspect. It is not a Republican or Democrat thing. It’s not a liberal or conservative thing. It’s an economic thing, economic opportunity and that’s what both parties are neglecting.”He was then asked about his feelings on Trump. Charles Barkley was in attendance at the second Democratic Party presidential debate Tuesday.The former NBA player and current analyst weighed in on who he is supporting — a trio of candidates that includes San Antonio mayor Julián Castro — candidates on both sides taking black votes for granted and President Donald Trump.last_img read more