Mortgage Professionals Should be Optimistic About the Future

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Th e M Rep o RT | 7 on the web from the source failure to remove snow from sidewalks, reducing liability from personal injury, enhancing curb-appeal and improving ease of access to potential buyers." Sparks-Beebe said the alert system includes more than 40 severe weather and disaster alerts that are customizable to fit clients' needs year-round. For example, she said the new technology can be used to prepare for tropical storms or to make sure cleanup of a property is executed in a timely manner, or that properties are dry and damage-free after heavy rainfall. "We are proud to offer this technology to our clients and look forward to a long partnership with Earthvisionz," she said. RockTop Partners Chooses RIO Genesis to Guide Growth As it experiences "tremendous growth," rocktop needs A technology plAtform to help mAintAin momentum. R ockTop Partners, a Texas-based buyer of residential loan portfolios, has selected RIO Genesis as its technology platform provider, the software firm announced. As a company specializing in loans and properties with title problems, RockTop has seen "tremendous growth" in recent months, according to Jason Pinson, president and founding partner, and only expects that trend to continue—necessitating the addi- tion of a technology platform to help handle management and marketing, communica- tions, compliance, due diligence, and more. "An American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey determined that title problems are found in up to 36 percent of all residen- tial real estate transactions," Pinson said. He added that RockTop's own experience work- ing with title defects shows at least 10 percent of loans in any given portfolio have defects "serious enough to trigger reps and warrants, impair servicer loss mitigation execution, and/ or negatively impact asset price. "Because of this, we believe it is critical to our continued success that we utilize all the power of the RIO Genesis technology," he continued. "RIO Genesis is actually more than a simple software program; it is an inclusive, affordable solution for running all aspects of a real estate- related enterprise," said Michael Krein, CEO of RIO Software Solutions, Inc. "We are delighted to be associated with RockTop Partners, who are always on the lookout for properties to purchase as one-offs or in bulk, and we look forward to building a very strong business rela- tionship in the months and years ahead." Share This: Everything We Know About Sony, The Interview, and North Korea While the story was still developing, reporters Alex Altman and Alex Fitzpatrick put together this fascinating guide to the hack attack on the studio behind the big-screen comedy about two journalists asked to kill Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Clearly, somebody somewhere wasn't laughing. With its question-and-answer style, multiple links to sidebars, and can- you-believe-this tone, the article makes engaging reading. Taken as a cautionary tale of cyberterrorism run amok, the piece becomes a frighteningly compelling look at the future of economic warfare. Read This A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello When Peter Drucker died in 2005 at the age of 95, he was easily the country's most widely followed—and certainly its most famous—management guru. The author of more than three dozen books over a span of almost 70 years, he remains required reading to generations of executives. Now, longtime Drucker disciple and collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello distills into one volume a 52-week management course based on some the master's previously unpublished work, as well as on a few of his greatest hits. Arranged as weekly lessons centered around Drucker's core themes, the book is filled with anecdotes, aphorisms, reading lists, and real-world tips on how to apply his ideas to your office. If you've never read Drucker, this is a good introduction. If you're already a devotee, consider it a quick, but comprehensive, refresher course. Watch This Real Money with Ali Velshi Al Jazeera America Even if you've never considered watching Al Jazeera America, you may want to catch CNN veteran Ali Velshi's nightly hour of economic news—one of the year-old network's ratings draws. Velshi covers business news with wit and depth. There may be other TV anchors who can boast that their staffs have read every single word of the voluminous legislation that created Obamacare, but one doesn't spring to mind. Some of Velshi's asides are priceless. A report on millennials was replete with cracks like "You'll recognize them. They wear the earbuds at work." And, there are precious few reporters who would have the imagination to discuss the ins and outs of international trade with one of the co-founders of Miss Jenny's Pickles. Tweet This @Nouriel Worried about the next housing bubble? Then you should be following the economist who accurately predicted the bursting of the last bubble years before it happened. Nouriel Roubini's gloomy—yet eerily accurate—predictions earned him the sobriquet Dr. Doom. Yes, bad news has been good for Roubini, the former senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration and a one-time senior adviser to Barack Obama's former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Now a consultant and economics professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, Roubini is still making predictions that we'd all do well to heed.

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