Mortgage Professionals Should be Optimistic About the Future

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6 | Th e M Rep o RT chairman and CEO of loanDepot, LLC. "Our business models, our cultures, and our product offerings are highly comple- mentary. The combined company will position us to accelerate our expansion in the northeast while continuing to build our national consumer lending businesses offering both mortgage and nonmortgage lending products." Through the acquisition, loanDepot says it hopes to fuel further growth in its enterprise-level retail branch strategy while complementing its online direct-lending business, giving its customers more options for lending products, services, and locations. The latest acquisition is loanDepot's sec- ond major merger and acquisition transac- tion in the last two years. In November 2013, the company started operating imortgage, a leading retail lending plat- form with more than 85 branch locations throughout the western United States. "We will continue growing market share through organic expansion and selective strategic acquisitions and have many impor- tant milestones ahead, including the intro- duction of consumer loans," Hsieh said. As part of the agreement, Mortgage Master's founder and CEO, Leif Thomsen, will continue to lead the company's brand, along with president Paul Anastos. "We are extremely excited to join the loanDepot team," Thomsen said. "Our goal was to position Mortgage Master so we could continue offering the best programs at the best prices, while delivering more innovative products, mar- keting services, and technology resources for our employees to ensure best-in-class services to borrowers," he added. "This partnership empowers us to do this while creating substantial growth opportunity for the Mortgage Master brand." A2Z Field Services Releases New Weather Alert System New customizable, real-time disaster aNd weather NotificatioNs caN help keep skies suNNy for clieNts. O hio-based national mortgage field services provider A2Z Field Ser- vices has announced the release of a weather and disaster notification sys- tem known as A2Z Weather Compass. The new weather compass is powered by V-Alert, an Earthvisionz product, which can be configured to match exact property locations to live weather reports and events, after which alerts are sent when there is the potential for damage to the property or if the weather requires some other type of action. Ultimately, the new tool ensures the protection of assets and investors by minimizing the risk for vacant properties and allowing A2Z's clients to make sure properties are safe at all times "A2Z Weather Compass notifications allow us to provide unmatched, real-time weather and disaster data for any proper- ty in our work order management system, A2Z Compass," A2Z Field Services SVP of Operations Amie Sparks-Beebe said. "Clients can use this information in the winter to ensure their properties are free of snow accumulation, thereby eliminating the potential for fines associated with the on the web Our business models, our cultures, and our product offerings are highly complementary." —Anthony Hsieh, loandepot, llc. Our company's 150% growth nationally over the past fi ve years is attributed to remaining committed to our core values: providing industry-best in professionalism, compliance and quality reports. • Nationwide appraisal report turn time average of 6.78 days • Dedicated support personnel and quality control review team available 7 days per week Increase your bottom line by adding the Metro-West team to your panel of approved appraisers. Lenders and AMCs' competitive edge (888) 676-9237

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