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Informative Research’s Shannon Santos Wins Mortgage Stars Award

IRVINE, Calif., July 19, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Informative Research, a leading technology platform that delivers data-driven solutions to the lending community, announced today that Shannon Santos, Executive Vice President of Data Solutions, has been selected for the Mortgage Stars Award by Mortgage Women Magazine. This award recognizes exceptional women leaders making significant contributions to the mortgage industry.

LenderLogix Q2 2024 Homebuyer Intelligence Report Data Shows Home Buying Activity and Fees Collected by Fee Chaser Remain Steady Thus Far in 2024

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LenderLogix, a leading provider of mortgage point-of-sale and automation software for banks, credit unions, independent mortgage banks, and brokers, today announced the latest release of the Homebuyer Intelligence Report, a quarterly summary of insights into borrower behavior during the home buying process based on data collected by the LenderLogix suite of tools. The latest report covers data collected during the pre-approval and borrower application process during the second quarter (Q2) of 2024.

Matrix Advises Pump N’ Pantry, Inc. on its Sale to United Refining Company

RICHMOND, Va. and BALTIMORE, Md., July 15, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., a leading, independent investment bank, has advised Pump N’ Pantry, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, “Pump N’ Pantry” or the “Company”) on the sale of its convenience retail assets to United Refining Company. Headquartered in Montrose, Pennsylvania, Pump N’ Pantry is a leading, regional convenience retailer, operating 14 convenience stores throughout central Pennsylvania.

Alliance Group’s Carlos Vazquez Elected to The University of Georgia’s Latino Alumni Council

ATLANTA, Ga., July 15, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Group is proud to announce that Carlos Vazquez, its esteemed Marketing Coordinator, has been elected to the University of Georgia’s Latino Alumni Council. Carlos will serve a two-year term, spanning July 2024 to July 2026. The University of Georgia Alumni Association extended their heartfelt congratulations to Carlos.

Asset Defense Team and Vast Solutions Group Announce a New Joint Venture for Asset Protection and Tax Strategy

SEATTLE, Wash., July 15, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Asset Defense Team and Vast Solutions Group (VastSolutionsGroup.com) are pleased to announce their joint venture, VastAssetDefense.com. This partnership brings together two leading companies in the asset protection and tax strategy industry, combining their expertise and resources to provide top-quality services to clients around the globe. The alliance is introducing an advanced AI platform called “Einstein” and is currently in Beta 4.0 and is also introducing a community called Vast Vault.

Click n’ Close Chief Operations Officer Kara Lamphere Selected in Mortgage Women Magazine’s Annual Mortgage Star Award Program

ADDISON, Texas, July 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Click n’ Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, today announced Kara Lamphere has been named a Mortgage Star in Mortgage Women Magazine’s annual awards program.

MMI’s VP of Strategic Partnerships Heidi Iverson Named a Mortgage Star in Mortgage Women Magazine’s Annual Award Program

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI), a leader in data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries, today announced Heidi Iverson, vice president of strategic partnerships, has been named a Mortgage Star by Mortgage Women Magazine.

Falling Home Prices and Purchase Mortgage Locks Reveal a Stagnant Late-Spring Housing Market

PLANO, Texas, July 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Optimal Blue today released its June 2024 Market Advantage mortgage data report, which revealed a stagnant late-spring housing market as home prices dropped for the first time in 2024 and purchase lock counts fell 8% over the previous year. All mortgage lock figures in this news release have been controlled for fewer market days in June.

Informative Research Adds Brandon Hall as New EVP of Operations

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., July 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Informative Research, a leading technology platform that delivers data-driven solutions to the lending community, has named Brandon Hall as its new executive vice president (EVP) of operations. Hall brings over 20 years of experience driving operational excellence within the financial services sector and is known for implementing innovative process improvements, fostering cross-functional collaboration and leading through change.

Dovenmuehle’s Bernadette McDonnell named 2024 Mortgage Star Award Winner by Mortgage Women Magazine

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., July 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc. (Dovenmuehle), a leading mortgage subservicing company, announced today that Vice President Bernadette McDonnell has been selected by Mortgage Women Magazine for its 2024 Mortgage Star Award. McDonnell was chosen for her significant contributions to the industry and dedication to Dovenmuehle over the past four decades.

Vice Capital Markets Launches Integration with Fannie Mae Mission Score API

NOVI, Mich., July 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Vice Capital Markets, a leading mortgage hedge advisory firm for independent lenders, banks and credit unions, announced today it has integrated the Fannie Mae® Mission Score application programming interface (API) into its trading portal, allowing current clients to take advantage of pricing and best execution decisions to improve gain-on-sale.

Eighteen homebuyer assistance programs offering up to $117,000 are available to help people with disabilities and family caregivers purchase or modify a home

ATLANTA, Ga., July 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of Disability Pride Month in July, Down Payment Resource (DPR) is highlighting 18 U.S. homebuyer assistance programs that are specifically designed to support people with disabilities and their family caregivers on their journey toward homeownership. While people with disabilities may be eligible for any of the 2,300-plus U.S. homebuyer assistance programs in DPR’s database, 18 are specifically developed to promote accessibility and inclusivity for aspiring homeowners with disabilities.

ProNotary Announces Exciting New Partner Program

DALLAS, Texas, July 8, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ProNotary™, an intuitive and user-friendly digital signing solution, has announced a new partner program. Designed to enable businesses to notarize documents online, ProNotary is excited to collaborate with new partners and generate new income streams for everyone involved.

Floify’s President and General Manager Sofia Rossato named to 2024 HousingWire Women of Influence and Inman Best in Finance lists

BOULDER, Colo., July 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Floify, the mortgage industry’s leading point-of-sale (POS) solution, today announced that Sofia Rossato, its president and general manager, has received two new honors, being named to HousingWire’s Women of Influence and Inman’s Best in Finance list. The Inman award is the second in a row for Rossato.

Down Payment Resource expands team to keep pace with a rising number of DPA programs and increasing demand

ATLANTA, Ga., July 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Down Payment Resource (DPR), the housing industry’s leading technology for connecting homebuyers with homebuyer assistance programs, today announced the addition of three new team members to support growing demand for down payment assistance (DPA) programs.

The Mortgage Collaborative Advocates for Lender Concerns at Federal Housing Agencies During June DC Visits

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC) hosted its second Advocacy Committee trip to Washington, DC June 4-6, 2024, with 13 of its IMB and depository Lender Members meeting with key federal agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ginnie Mae, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac to discuss the impact of recent and upcoming policy changes on small to mid-size lenders.

MCT Integrates with Fannie Mae’s Mission Score API and New Product Grids to Empower Originators to Take Advantage of Market Incentives for Mission-oriented Lending

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 27, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, announced the launch of new integrations with Fannie Mae’s Mission Score application programming interface (API) and Mission Score 2 and 3 product grids that provide better transparency and pricing for mortgages aligned with Fannie Mae’s mission objectives.

EnergyCAP Named Market Leader in the Summer 2024 Energy Management Software Customer Success Report

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., June 27, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EnergyCAP has been named a Market Leader in the Energy Management Software category for the Summer 2024 Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers. FeaturedCustomers is the leading customer success content marketing platform for B2B business software & services helping potential B2B buyers make informed purchasing decisions through vendor validated customer success content.

Optimal Blue Launches Competitive Data License to Help Lenders Optimize Margins With Competitive Loan Pricing Data

PLANO, Texas, June 25, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Optimal Blue announced the release of Competitive Data License, a collection of key national mortgage pricing data that enables lenders to price products competitively, operate more profitably, and react swiftly to changing market conditions. Competitive Data License draws upon direct-source loan data from the Optimal Blue PPE, which is used to price and lock over 35% of loans in the United States.

New Book by Helen Braswell Kakouris Teaches Financial Literacy to Kids

MIAMI, Fla., June 24, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Helen Braswell Kakouris, CPA, an award-winning financial expert and entrepreneur, proudly announces the upcoming release of her new children’s book, “A Dollar Is Magic” (ISBN: 979-8218428693), scheduled for publication in September 2024. In “A Dollar Is Magic,” Braswell Kakouris merges her professional knowledge and personal experiences as a mother of three to simplify complex financial concepts for young readers.

Dark Matter Technologies’ Richard Gagliano honored with the 2024 Inman Best of Finance award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 20, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dark Matter Technologies (Dark Matter), an innovative leader in mortgage technology backed by time-tested loan origination software and leadership, today announced that Inman has recognized its CEO Richard Gagliano with the 2024 Best of Finance award. Now in its second year, the award celebrates 150 innovative professionals demonstrating exceptional leadership and impact in the real estate, mortgage and finance sectors. Honorees are hand-selected by Inman’s editorial team.

Floify brings its industry-leading point-of-sale technology to The Mortgage Collaborative as a preferred partner

BOULDER, Colo., June 20, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Floify, the mortgage industry’s leading point-of-sale (POS) solution, today announced that it has joined The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation’s largest independent cooperative network serving the mortgage industry. As a member of TMC’s Preferred Partner Network, Floify will provide its intuitive lending platform for mortgage lenders at a discounted rate to TMC members.

Critical Defect Rate Declines Five Straight Quarters, Ending 2023 at 1.53%, Per ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report

DENVER, Colo., June 20, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced the release of its quarterly ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report covering the fourth quarter (Q4) and calendar year (CY) of 2023. The latest report analyzes post-closing quality control data derived from ACES Quality Management & Control® software.

Argyle’s Shmulik Fishman named an Inman Best of Finance award honoree

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., June 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Shmulik Fishman, CEO of Argyle, a platform providing real-time income and employment verifications for some of the largest lenders in the United States, has been named to Inman’s 2024 Best in Finance list. Now in its second year, the award honors professionals hand-selected by Inman’s editorial team for their role in shaping the mortgage and financial services industries through leadership and commitment to innovation.

Secured Signing Scales Up with Strategic Leadership and Global Expansion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Secured Signing, a leading provider of secure Digital Signatures and Remote Online Notarization platform, today announced a significant growth, fueled by a visionary leadership change and strategic team expansion. To meet the demands of its expanding customer base, Secured Signing has strategically expanded its global sales team with the appointment of two industry experts.

Dovenmuehle’s Above Average Residential Mortgage Loan Primary Servicer Ranking Affirmed by S&P Global Rankings

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., June 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc. (Dovenmuehle), a leading mortgage subservicing company, announced today that Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) has affirmed its Above Average ranking of Dovenmuehle as a residential mortgage loan primary servicer with a stable outlook. For 13 consecutive years, Dovenmuehle has consistently received an Above Average ranking from S&P.

Klingenstein Fields Advisors Adds Senior Planner to its Team

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 14, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Klingenstein Fields Advisors (KF Advisors) is pleased to welcome Andrew Vrachimis as a Managing Director. Andrew will join the Wealth Planning team, helping individuals and multi-generational families grow and protect their wealth and accomplish their estate planning and charitable goals. With a practical approach to personalized wealth planning, Andrew will guide clients through the many critical decisions surrounding their complex balance sheets, cash flow needs, legacy and philanthropic goals, and other planning considerations.

Matrix Advises Land O’Sun Management on its Sale to Anabi/Rebel

RICHMOND, Va. and BALTIMORE, Md., June 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., a leading, independent investment bank, has advised Land O’Sun Management Corporation d/b/a Fast Track on the sale of its petroleum marketing, convenience retail and quick-service restaurant businesses to Anabi Real Estate Development, LLC and its affiliates d/b/a Anabi/Rebel. Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, Fast Track is a leading petroleum marketing, convenience retail and QSR company, operating 17 convenience stores, 10 co-located QSRs, and two stand-alone QSRs in Northern Florida. [UPDATED]

MCT and Lender Price Join Forces to Improve Mortgage Pricing with Loan-Level MSR Values

SAN DIEGO and PASADENA, Calif., June 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, and Lender Price, the first cloud-native provider of mortgage pricing technology, have partnered to provide mortgage lenders using the Lender Price product and pricing engine (PPE) with loan-level MCT MSR values. MCT’s industry-leading mortgage servicing rights (MSR) grids allow Lender Price PPE clients to be more granular, profitable, and efficient when generating their front-end borrower pricing and managing their MSR portfolio.

Avenu Insights & Analytics Unveils Groundbreaking Short-Term Rental Compliance Solution: Avenu | STR

CENTREVILLE, Va., June 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Avenu Insights & Analytics, a leading provider of revenue recovery and software solutions for state and local governments, proudly announces the launch of Avenu | STR, an innovative SaaS solution designed to streamline short-term rental (STR) compliance and enhance local government revenue management.

Mortgage Interest Rate Sensitivity Triggers 25% Spike in May Rate-and-Term Refinance Activity

PLANO, Texas, June 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Optimal Blue today released its May 2024 Market Advantage mortgage data report, which revealed a 25.6% month-over-month (MoM) spike in rate-and-term mortgage refinances. The spike was a response to a modest drop in the Optimal Blue Mortgage Market Indices (OBMMI) 30-year conforming rate, which ended the month at 7.02%.

Garden Studios Bills Tenants and Identifies Energy Waste with EnergyCAP

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., June 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Garden Studios, an innovative film studio based in London, has transformed its utility management and billing processes by implementing EnergyCAP’s leading energy management platform. This move aligns with Garden Studio’s commitment to sustainability as a certified B Corporation, dedicated to responsible business practices.

Optimal Blue Names Joe Tyrrell Chief Executive Officer

PLANO, Texas, June 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Optimal Blue today announced the appointment of Joe Tyrrell as CEO. Tyrrell succeeds interim CEO Scott Smith of Optimal Blue’s parent company, Constellation Software Inc. Tyrrell brings over 25 years of experience in the mortgage, finance, and technology industries to Optimal Blue.

MCT Reports A 7% Mortgage Lock Volume Increase In Latest Indices Report

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, announced today an increase of 6.78% in mortgage lock volume compared to the previous month. To gain comprehensive insights into the market dynamics, industry professionals and enthusiasts are invited to download the complete report.

CapitalW Collective: Educating, Elevating, and Empowering Women in Mortgage Capital Markets

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 6, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — CapitalW Collective (CapitalW), the glass shattering non-profit benefiting women and their allies in mortgage capital markets, today announced its successful debut within the mortgage industry. Officially launched on May 1, 2024, CapitalW made its first appearance at the Mortgage Bankers Association Secondary and Capital Markets Conference in New York May 19-21.

Argyle CEO Shmulik Fishman honored as a 2024 Tech All-Star by Mortgage Bankers Association

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., June 6, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Argyle, a platform providing real-time income and employment verifications for some of the largest lenders in the United States, today announced its CEO Shmulik Fishman has been named a 2024 Tech All-Star by MBA NewsLink, a publication of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The award celebrates mortgage industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to mortgage technology.

ProNotary Enhances Business Efficiency with Advanced Remote Online Notarization Solutions

DALLAS, Texas, June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ProNotary, a pioneering force in the remote online notarization industry, is proud to announce its continued commitment to transforming the landscape of notary services through cutting-edge remote online notarization (RON) solutions. Founded in 2018, ProNotary has been at the forefront of innovation, providing businesses with a comprehensive suite of notarization software designed to meet the evolving needs of the digital age.

Click n’ Close to Receive Top Lender Award at USDA’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program Ceremony

ADDISON, Texas, June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Click n’ Close, a multi-state mortgage lender, today announced that it will be honored with a top lender award at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program ceremony. This recognition underscores Click n’ Close’s commitment to fostering homeownership and supporting community development through innovative loan programs.

American Pacific Mortgage Picks Fee Chaser by LenderLogix to Collect Upfront Borrower Fees

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LenderLogix, a leading provider of mortgage point-of-sale and automation software for banks, credit unions, independent mortgage banks, and brokers, recently announced the addition of American Pacific Mortgage to its roster of clients utilizing Fee Chaser. Employing Fee Chaser enables American Pacific Mortgage to efficiently and compliantly collect initial mortgage-related fees from borrowers.

iEmergent’s 2024-2026 U.S. Mortgage Origination Forecast is now available in Mortgage MarketSmart

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iEmergent, a forecasting and advisory services firm for the financial services, mortgage and real estate industries, today announced the availability of its 2024-2026 U.S. Mortgage Origination Forecast. Updated to reflect preliminary 2023 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council in March, iEmergent’s latest projections call for modest growth in purchase originations and a gradual increase in refinance loan units and dollars as a percentage of total originations.