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The Industry Pulse: Updates on Optimal Blue, LenderClose, and More

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on Optimal Blue, LenderClose, and More in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Industry Pulse: Updates on Optimal Blue, LenderClose, and More The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Optimal Blue, a provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, recently announced the release to augment and expand their support for Non-QM and Expanded Guidelines products. Earlier this year, the company decided to make a substantial investment to further enhance support for these unique mortgage loan products after observing significant growth in this area. Currently, Optimal Blue’s Expanded Guidelines monthly lock volume exceeds $1 billion, a threshold 2.5 times the volume experienced just 18 months earlier.“Sprout Mortgage congratulates Optimal Blue on the release of its new Non-QM product selection capabilities and thanks them for creating this industry leading technology,” said Mike Strauss, President of Sprout Mortgage. “While only requiring minimal user inputs and established data feeds from leading loan origination systems to automatically pre-populate additional values, Sprout has found Optimal Blue’s Non-QM filters to fully support its product line with complete accuracy.”_____________________________________________________________________Iowa-based fintech startup LenderClose has expanded its staff, adding three new employees. To meet demand from its growing client base of community lenders nationwide, LenderClose has increased its workforce by more than 15 employees in the first half of 2019.Joining the LenderClose team in July are sales representatives Troy Allen and Kathy Bell, and software developer Caleb Salt.“We’re building out our team to support steady growth, which continues to affirm our belief that we’re offering credit unions and community banks the best digital lending platform,” said LenderClose COO Ben Rempe. “We’re always evaluating the size and skills of our staff to maintain the best possible customer service experience, and to find new ways to enhance platform features and functionality.”_____________________________________________________________________Gateway First Bank announced it renewed its annual partnership with Folds of Honor. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has carried forth its mission to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.Beginning in May of 2017, Gateway announced that for every mortgage loan closed through its mortgage centers nationwide, it would donate $5 to Folds of Honor. Gateway extended its partnership with the non-profit organization in May of 2019 for an additional year, whereby the company continues its pledge to support the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Gateway is already on track to surpass its total donation of $76,635 in 2018, having donated over $44,000 to in the first half of 2019.“At Gateway, we strive to make a difference in the communities we serve and believe strongly in supporting our country’s military families who have made great sacrifices to protect the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Stephen Curry, CEO of Gateway. “Every time a new homeowner closes a loan, we make a donation to Folds of Honor, and thanks to our team members’ hard work, we expect to exceed our prior year’s donation to Folds of Honor. We look forward to another year of growth and giving back to our military.”  Print This Post Tagged with: industry pulse Military Tech Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago From new features and key hires to new partnerships, click through to learn the latest industry buzz. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago industry pulse Military Tech 2019-07-25 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Update on National Vacancy Rates Next: Ask the Economist: First-Time Buyer Misconceptions and the Global Economy July 25, 2019 1,083 Views last_img read more

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At least 25 dead in attack on Afghan Sikh-Hindu temple

first_imgAfghan leaders’ ‘failure’ IS has a history of targeting Afghan Sikhs and Hindus.In recent months, the jihadist group has suffered mounting setbacks after being hunted by US and Afghan forces as well as Taliban offensives targeting their fighters, but it still retains the ability to launch major assaults on urban centers.To add to Afghanistan’s woes, Washington slashed the amount of aid to the country this week after President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who has also proclaimed himself president, failed to resolve their standoff.Following a visit to Kabul, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would immediately cut $1 billion and was prepared to pull another $1 billion in 2021.The US and the Taliban signed a deal last month that was supposed to pave the way for talks between the Afghan leadership and the insurgents, but with Kabul unable to agree who is in government, the talks stalled.The issue of the prisoners has been a major sticking point in the weeks since the signing.But on Wednesday Afghanistan’s National Security Council said the Taliban and Ghani’s government would meet to discuss an initial release of 100 insurgent prisoners by March 31. It is believed that it will be the first time ever that the Islamist extremist Taliban and Ghani’s government have met in an official capacity.”To carry out these further discussions, a Taliban team will meet with the government face-to-face in Afghanistan in the coming days,” the NSC said.Zalmay Khalilzad, the US negotiator who brokered the US-Taliban deal, confirmed on Twitter that “prisoner releases by both sides will start March 31.””This is a positive development,” he said.The United States, hoping to pull its thousands of remaining troops out of Afghanistan to end 18 years of involvement, has said the coronavirus pandemic makes prisoner releases urgent.In Washington on Wednesday, Pompeo called the temple attack “horrific” and reiterated his frustration at the failure to bridge the divide between Ghani and Abdullah.But he said both — plus Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar — were committed to a peaceful solution to end Afghanistan’s years of war.Pompeo said it’s time for the political process to begin “with all the Afghans coming together around the table.” He added: “I’m still optimistic that we can get there.” There were conflicting accounts about how many gunmen were involved, with security sources giving differing numbers, between one and four. At least one attacker was subsequently killed by security forces in an hours-long clearing operation. Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, a Sikh member of the Afghan parliament, told AFP about 150 people had been inside the temple, where several families also live and worshippers gather for morning prayers. “Some people inside the temple are hiding and their phones are off,” Honaryar said while the attack was ongoing.Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said 25 civilians had been killed and eight others wounded, while 80 people had been rescued. Graphic images posted online showed several bodies as well as terrified people who appeared to be Sikhs running from the scene.”Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of [the coronavirus] pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers,” the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement. Sikhism and Hinduism are rooted in India. The Taliban denied any involvement in the latest attack, for which the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE intelligence group. Witness Raju Singh Sonny told AFP a man in a police uniform burst into the temple in central Kabul, shot a guard and started attacking worshippers in the main hall.”Several other attackers also entered the building and they were going from room to room shooting people,” Sonny said.Only a few thousand Sikhs and Hindus are estimated to reside in what is an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. At least 25 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a Sikh-Hindu temple in Afghanistan’s capital where worshippers were offering morning prayers, the latest brutal assault claimed by the Islamic State group.The incident, highlighting the country’s ongoing violence, came several hours before Afghanistan’s National Security Council announced that the Taliban and government officials would hold a historic meeting face-to-face over a prisoner exchange.Along with a raging insurgency, impoverished Afghanistan is reeling from a massive cut in US aid while it struggles with political deadlock and rising coronavirus cases. Topics :last_img read more

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Di Maria ‘close’ to PSG move

first_img United’s tour of the United States ended on a disappointing note in the early hours of Thursday morning as they lost 2-0 to PSG in Chicago. Despite being named in United’s party for the final stage of United’s tour, Di Maria was not in the matchday squad. “Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult but we are close to the end,” Blanc said. Reports in France claim PSG will pay around 65 million euros (£46million) for the Argentina international, who failed to settle at United last year. The midfielder’s form dipped alarmingly after a strong start and he had to move out of his Cheshire home after an attempted burglary in February. Di Maria is not the only problem Van Gaal has at present. Goalkeeper David De Gea has also been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer. Real Madrid want to sign De Gea this summer following the departure of their long-standing captain Iker Casillas. United are adamant they will only do a deal with the 10-time European champions if they get defender Sergio Ramos in return. With Ramos said to be close to signing a new deal with Madrid, De Gea’s move looks further away than ever before. Van Gaal only played the Spaniard for the opening 45 minutes of United’s defeat in the Windy City and he put in a poor performance, hesitating when coming off his line for Blaise Matuidi’s opener and being easily beaten from close range by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second goal. Van Gaal has praised De Gea’s attitude on two occasions this summer, but the Dutchman appeared to hint that all was not well with the goalkeeper after the defeat to PSG. “We have a situation that is not favourable for David De Gea, neither for us and neither for the club that, maybe, he wants to go,” Van Gaal said. When asked what the best solution was for all parties, Van Gaal added: “We have to wait and see. It is the same question as your predecessor.” Van Gaal admitted at the weekend he had signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero because he feared De Gea could still leave. He said on Sunday: ”I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David De Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season and I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that because you have to handle it very quickly when it may happen with David de Gea.” Van Gaal refused to chastise his players for their weak defensive showing in Illinois. “It’s better when you win but I was rather satisfied,” said the 63-year-old, who guided United to victory in their first three tour matches. The Dutchman and his squad flew back to Manchester directly after the game in Chicago. United’s next match is their first game of the Barclays Premier League season against Tottenham at Old Trafford on August 8. In fact, the 27-year-old’s whereabouts remain a mystery to his manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman claimed he had no idea why Di Maria did not report for duty in the States as expected last Saturday and his stance had not changed when asked about the £59.7million midfielder on Thursday. “I don’t know where he is,” the United boss said after a blunt exchange in his post-match press conference at the Soldier Field. “You can ask that every week but I don’t answer that question.” The only other comment Van Gaal made was when he was asked by a reporter from Kurdistan where Di Maria’s next club would be. “He is not going to Kurdistan,” Van Gaal said. Blanc was slightly more forthcoming on the matter. The PSG boss believes the protracted transfer saga surrounding the former Real Madrid player is finally coming to an end. Laurent Blanc claims Paris St Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mavericks dominate Lakers:End 10 game winning streak

first_imgAfter fighting through a thrilling triple-double showdown that just slipped out of his reach, Luka Doncic was bound and determined to avenge last month’s overtime loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon.Thanks to a huge second-half run, that’s exactly what he did.Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks flew past the Lakers 114-100 on Sunday at the Staples Center, snapping Los Angeles’ impressive 10-game win streak.The Lakers jumped out of the gate to a 10-point lead, appearing more than ready to keep their win streak alive. Yet after rallying just before halftime, the Mavericks took off in the third quarter.Dallas mounted a massive 28-5 run spanning nearly nine minutes to start the second half, easily snagging a 20-point lead. Doncic dropped 16 of his 27 points in the third quarter, too, while helping the Mavericks hold the Lakers to just 17 total team points — their lowest output in a single quarter so far this season.From there, the Mavericks’ lead was simply too much for the Lakers to overcome.  Dallas cruised to the 14-point win, marking its seventh in its past eight games.Doncic finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double, ending the night with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds while shooting 10 of 23 from the field. Delon Wright added 17 points off the bench, and both Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell added 15 points.Despite his near-triple-double, Doncic started out the day shooting just 2 of 9 from the field.Anthony Davis led the Lakers with a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds. James finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Even though they now have a marquee win against one of the best teams in the league under their belt, Carlisle said his focus going forward is keeping his team on track.last_img read more

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UFC Phoenix: Francis Ngannou ready to begin path back to title contention

first_imgMORE: UFC Phoenix: Timing was right for Velasquez to end hiatusMiocic had other plans in mind and dominated Ngannou to win a lopsided decision. After some time off, Ngannou returned at UFC 226 against fellow slugger Derrick Lewis. Instead of getting the expected slugfest, Ngannou put on a miserable performance, doing virtually nothing for 15 minutes and losing the bout. All the shine was gone, and many viewed Ngannou as a flash in the pan. Ngannou’s back was against the wall when took on rising contender Curtis Blaydes. “Mentally, as a human being, we all have different types of energy,” Ngannou told Sporting News. “I knew I needed to come back and get a big win so I can believe in myself again. That’s where my confidence was. I was excited to get back in the cage. I wanted it to be a new beginning for me.”Join DAZN and watch Bellator 216 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWith his confidence starting to wane, Ngannou roared into Beijing and blasted through Blaydes in 45 seconds to end the year on a good note and regain some of the swagger he had at the beginning of the year. He looks to continue that momentum as he faces off with former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the main event at Sunday’s UFC Phoenix.”(The win over Blaydes) was very important,” Ngannou said. “To finish the year with a win was very gratifying considering how the year was going, to regain some confidence for myself. When you go through a hard time like I was going through, different things can happen. You can put too much pressure on yourself. I needed to get done with that and make a plan for my career and regain my confidence.”This wasn’t the first time Ngannou (12-3) had to deal with negativity and figure out a way to overcome a bad situation. Growing up in Cameroon, Ngannou went from bouncing from home to home with his parents to becoming homeless. That was before he moved to Paris to begin his MMA journey. Going through those trials and tribulations helped him overcome his first true setback as a professional athlete.”I learned that I know I have the ability to be able to overcome any kind of situation,” Ngannou said. “That is the story of my entire life. I know that I can overcome anything. It’s not something I just learned to do. I lost the first two fights of my career. I knew I had to go back and remember all the adversity I went through in my life before I got here. I know I can overcome anything. 2018 was the year that I had to remind myself exactly who I am and what I am capable of doing.”MORE: Ngannou ready to uppercut, shatter window of opportunityVelasquez (14-2), a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, returns to the Octagon for the first time in 31 months. But the opportunity to fight him first entered Ngannou’s mind before he even got into MMA. Now, he gets to live out his dream.”I saw the MMA awards when he was the champion at the time,” Ngannou said. “I went on YouTube and watched videos of him. For me to fight him would mean that I’m a monster and a great fighter. Then as I got farther into the sport and studied more, I realized that Cain is a legend. Not everyone wants to fight a legend. You have to be a good fighter too.” The heavyweight division is in a bit of turmoil. Champion Daniel Cormier is on the mend and battling some injuries. When he returns, he’s expected to fight Brock Lesnar. But with Lesnar in WWE, going back to the UFC is far from certain. Cormier wants Miocic to earn his way back to a rematch after knocking him out in the first round to win the title at the aforementioned UFC 226. Ngannou understands the landscape and feels a dominant win over someone of Velasquez’s caliber could have him jump the line and earn one more crack at UFC gold.”A win for me means a lot,” Ngannou said. “It would give me some satisfaction. It would give me a win that would get me right back to another title shot.” Francis Ngannou burst into 2018 ready to become the next Mike Tyson of the UFC. The 6-5 behemoth possessed ferocious power never been seen before in the promotion. He finished his first six opponents inside of two rounds. The icing on the cake was a vicious uppercut that nearly sent Alistair Overeem’s body flying into Canada at UFC 218 in December 2017. Six weeks later, he was set to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 220.last_img read more

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Wellington-El Dorado football rescheduled for noon tomorrow; other games rescheduled

first_img(Updated with other games) Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington-El Dorado football game has been rescheduled until Saturday at 12 p.m. at Butler’s BG Stadium.Gates will be reopen at 10:30 a.m.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but want to ensure that our athletes, coaches, parents and fans from both schools remain safe in their travels in light of the recent flooding around the area and the threat of more storms approaching this evening,” said Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. The cross country meet in Wellington on Saturday morning is still on schedule as of 2 p.m. today.In other Sumner County games:Belle Plaine at Cheney has been postponed until 6 p.m. Monday.Wichita Independent at Conway Springs has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. today.West Elk at Oxford has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. today.Caldwell at Attica-Argonia will continue as scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight.South Haven at Flinthills will continue as scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Darren · 204 weeks ago Please expand on the location, Thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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