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March 28, 2017 - In 2017, there are many new faces guiding our nation in financial policy and procedure. As with many aspects of life, as some things change, some remain the same. The mortgage lending and servicing industry is a big cog in the engine that is our national economy. With all the talk in the news about de-regulation, some areas of credit continue to go forward.

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What is DU 10.0?

November 21, 2016 - It's hard to believe that the Lehman Brothers led economic meltdown is nearly 9 years old. Since then, the nation's real estate markets have bounced back and stabilized other than a couple areas that remain in flux. For the most part, home sales and REO foreclosure filings are on polar ends compared to 2008.

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Balancing Professional and Personal Accomplishments

June 17, 2016 - At FAS, we strive for our employees to balance professional and personal accomplishments and share their wonderful stories with us. Last week, Jimmy Alvarez shared an article with us that was several years in the making. This article was featured locally in the OC Weekly and shares his experience in the music business and the evolution of the ska genre from the 80’s through today:

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Why Are Women-Owned Bussineses Successful

March 8, 2016 - Congratulations Ladies! March 8, 2016 was International Women's Day! This is a day established to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The recognition that women have had in launching and growing their own companies around the world has arrived!

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February 29, 2016 - When you think about Generation Y, the first thought that comes to mind typically isn't the impact they may have on the nation's economy. The truth is, every generation has an immediate impact on the nation's economy in one way or another, and when we discuss economy it is pointless to neglect the housing market. There is no exact timeline as to the age of someone from Generation Y, most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. To simplify identification, most people just call them Millennials (the Baby Boomer's children).

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The Fed Rate Hike

November 19, 2015 - Here we are approaching another election year. The 2016 race has captivated our country much earlier than in years past. One of the primary election goals for any candidate is articulating how the average American will be better off if he or she is elected. For the candidate, this translates to...look how much better your checkbook will be if I am elected!

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The Importance of On-Site Appraisals

February 18, 2015 - Obtaining an accurate assessment of real estate property value is important for everything from property financing, listing a property for sale, analysis for investment purposes, and taxation of the property. The condition of a property can have a major impact on the accuracy of the appraisal, and while there are many tools currently available that can be used to assess condition remotely, such as Google Maps and online MLS photos, these methods rarely tell the true story of a property's condition. For this reason, we encourage our client's to utilize on-site inspections in order to have the most accurate estimation of a property's value.

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Which Technology Solution Is Best for an AMC?

January 26, 2015 - For an AMC, choosing the right platform can have a great impact on your business. An effective technology platform can facilitate communications with clients, manage field resources, monitor the benchmarks of quality assurance, and create overall internal and external efficiencies.

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The Price Is Right
Real Estate Investing in the New Millennium

December 31, 2014 - 2014 is in the books and 2015 appears to be a rebound year for the nations' real estate markets. All economic indicators suggest we are on the right path. That said, 2015 brings a new set of challenges for investors. If investors are unaware of these challenges, the execution on any tape an investor bids on will not matter as the losses on investments will be inevitable. Needless to say, the days where execution and the Weighted Average Coupon ["WAC" - Averaged Note Rate] were the primary considerations when investing in a note may be a thing of the past.

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Increased State Regulations Brings a Rise in Fees for AMCs

December 29, 2014 - Appraisal management companies (AMCs) are federally regulated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ["The DFA"]. In addition to federal guidelines, states are enacting specific legislation to oversee AMCs as required by the DFA.

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Broker Price Opinions (BPOs) and Automated Valuation Models (AVMs), Practices and Use

December 15, 2014 - Broker Price Opinions (BPOs) and Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) are two common alternatives utilized by mortgage servicers and industry professionals. Both of these products have their benefits and can be useful tools in determining how to handle a variety of needs on any given real estate secured asset.

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