July 2012

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CONTENTS origination ORIGINATION 45 Feature Investing in the Environment: Lenders and commercial real estate professionals are eying environmental property investments with increasing interest, but is the trend sustainable? 40 The Latest The Fed Calls for Continued Growth in Residential Real Estate: Heralding gains for the residential housing sector, findings from the Federal Reserve's Beige Book show solid pace for economic expansion. 47 Local Edition BMO Harris Bank Expands Loan Origination Operations: The financial institution is hiring new loan officers as BMO works to accommodate an increasing demand for mortgages. 6 | THE M REPORT M servicing SERVICING 54 Feature Lessons to Learn Before the Market Turns: What residential servicers can learn from today's commercial real estate industry. 50 The Latest Fraud Task Force Issues Call to Whistleblowers: The RMBS Working Group debuts a new website targeting would-be whistleblowers. 56 Local Edition Nationstar to Acquire $10.4B Servicing Portfolio: Bank of America is selling billions in GSE- backed residential mortgage servicing rights to Nationstar Holdings. analytics ANALYTICS 65 Feature What Do Borrowers Want? Tracking today's consumer can be tricky, but a new report from the Demand Institute minimizes the guesswork in evaluating borrower behavior. 60 The Latest Don't Believe All the Downturn Hype? Statistics from Capital Economics reveal that the foundation of the nation's economic recovery remains intact. 68 Local Edition Mortgage Insurers Report $7.1B in New Primary Insurance: According to statistics from MICA, levels of newly originated mortgage insurance are on the rise. 78 Local Edition Refi Boom Set to Fuel $200B More Originations in 2012: The Mortgage Bankers Association reveals revisions, positive momentum for originations forecasts. secondary market SECONDARY MARKET 75 Feature Diligent Change: Digital Risk wants to change the way mortgage risk due diligence works—for the better. Is there enough consensus for it to work? 72 The Latest Dodd-Frank Comes Under Fire at Congressional Hearing: Republican senators vocal about the future of the Volcker Rule and other portions of the reform act.

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