Category Archives: Corporate

CFPB’s ‘Project Catalyst’ Report Highlights FinTech Advances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report, “Project Catalyst report: Promoting consumer-friendly innovation” to coincide with the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo 2016 in Boston. The 27-page report highlights many areas in which the bureau is actively involved with bank and non-bank innovators, ranging from large, established institutions to small startups, to …Read more

Are You the Weakest Link?

If you’re looking for the most vulnerable points of a network, you need only look in a mirror. According to Symantec, 97 percent of cyberattacks start with social engineering. That means cybercriminals are getting access to systems by deceiving individual users – you and your employees. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the real estate …Read more

Anatomy of Wire Fraud

This post may affect many of you not only professionally, but also personally. JP Morgan estimated 27 percent of wire transfers in 2014 were affected by either attempted or actual fraud. Imagine the worst: the funds in the transaction did not transfer from buyer to rightful seller and are now unrecoverable. People’s life savings are …Read more

Stewart’s Dawn Lewallen speaks on a panel discussion at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference

Stewart’s Compliance Counsel Dawn Lewallen spoke on a panel discussion entitled “Bringing the new Closing Disclosure to the closing table” at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The panel of experts discussed the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations that will impact quoting title insurance and …Read more

CFPB Fact

The integrated mortgage disclosure rule from the CFPB affects much more than loan forms and consumer qualifications. Every third-party service provider a lender deals with must be able to comply with regulations – and if they can’t, the lender is held responsible for mistakes. To reduce that risk before the CFPB rule goes into effect …Read more

CFPB Fact

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created to watch over the interests of American consumers in financial products and services of all kinds. On August 1, 2015, the bureau’s rule governing integrated disclosure forms for mortgage lending will go into effect – bringing a significant change to industry practices and standards. Are you prepared? …Read more

To Tap Into the Millennial Wave, Think Creatively

Most of us in the real estate industry have watched millennials1 grow up. We’ve seen them go to college, get into debt, face a weak job market and move back home. But they’re adults now, getting ready to start households, and they’re about to change the homebuilding sector. By now, we’re all familiar with stories …Read more

A Community of Sharing

For more than 120 years, Stewart has been a trusted partner, helping consumers realize their dream of homeownership. Today, our commitment to excellence is pushing us beyond the limits of impossible, and our reputation as a community partner reveals the heart of Stewart, our people, our values in giving back. Serving others, whether donating volunteer …Read more

The more things change, the more they are the same

In the 1800s, Alphonse Karr penned the phrase: “The more things change, the more they are the same.” While it is difficult to imagine a time where the pace of change was not continuously accelerating, the basic tenets of success seem to remain eerily consistent. The economy has not performed as well as was predicted …Read more