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Mortgage delinquencies hit a 23-month high as 2017 wrapped up, surging by 164,000 year-over-year, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from the Data and Analytics Division of Black Knight, Inc. However, that figure only tells part of the story. Outside of hurricane-affected ...
[caption id="attachment_2788" align="alignright" width="293"] DAWGS Vacant Property Security[/caption] A California-based mortgage lender recently experienced break-ins, squatters and other security issues with their Chicago property portfolio. Rather than send a representative to Chic...
While the overall housing market is hot, some cities are sizzling. Which Markets are Hot for 2018? Zillow identified the 10 hottest housing markets for 2018 based on factors such as income growth, job opportunities and above-average housing appreciation. San Jose, Calif., ranked No. 1...
Drop shipping is changing the way consumers buy online. Many businesses and independent eCommerce companies are using drop shipping to transform their businesses. End-to-end customer experience and payments play a critical role in winning new business and driving customer loyalty. Key ...
Zombie Properties - Won't Die The issue of so-called “zombie homes” is a problem for any major city. “Zombie homes” is a colorful name for an old problem, and one that continues to be widespread as the nation gains more distance from the housing crisis and the Great Recession. Zombie ...
Fraud rings thrive on consumer and merchant complacency. These sophisticated fraudsters are looking for merchants who are naïve to fraud ring threats and do not have the best-in-class payment solutions in place. Fraud rings attacks can include a range of tactics, including paying with ...
Hottest Markets for 2018 Include Tech Hotspots, Southeastern Charmers The U.S. housing market is hot, with more than half (52.6 percent) of all homes nationwide worth as much or more than they were at the peak of the national housing boom in April 2007. Some markets, though, have prov...
10 Housing Markets Still Recovering Since the housing crash and recession in 2008, some metro areas have made full recoveries, while others continue to struggle. Recently released data reports that 37 major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that have not yet recovered peak values r...
Which housing markets are the hottest amongst single-family rental investors? Online real estate investment and management firm HomeUnion pored over two years of sales data to answer that very question, compiling a list of the top 10 most sought-after housing markets of 2017. Topping t...
[caption id="attachment_2826" align="alignright" width="300"] DAWGS Vacant Property Security[/caption] DAWGS Donates Vacant Property Security Services Chicago-based DAWGS (Door and Window Guard Systems, Inc.) is donating their vacant property security services to a local non-profit, Th...
We’ve reached our cruising altitude. That’s the message from the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate, an annual joint venture from the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The real estate market tends to be cyclical with a series of booms and busts, but the report indicates...
Rental properties give you, the investor, the power to determine your profits. Let's be clear: Buying a home doesn't always give you the biggest return on your money. From 1890 to 2012 the inflation-adjusted return on a house was 0.17% — a fraction of the 6.27% return for investments i...
Based on merchant feedback, PaymentsEd and Visa will discuss the new Stored Credential Transaction framework and address questions to ensure that merchants are compliant prior to April 30, 2018. What You Will Learn About Rationale behind the framework Benefits for merchants, issuers an...
  We’ve reached our cruising altitude. That’s the message from the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate, an annual joint venture from the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The real estate market tends to be cyclical with a series of booms and busts, but the report i...
Rental properties give you, the investor, the power to determine your profits. Let's be clear: Buying a home doesn't always give you the biggest return on your money. From 1890 to 2012 the inflation-adjusted return on a house was 0.17% — a fraction of the 6.27% return for investments ...
You visit a website. You register for a white paper download. You get an email. Open it, and you get another one in 2 days. Ignore it and three days later, you get another one. And so it goes. Welcome to the wonderful world of IF/THEN marketing automation statements – probably th...
PINless debit technology enables merchants to process a debit card payment without the need for the customer to enter a PIN. Whether you are already utilizing PINless, or currently evaluating the business case, this webinar will provide you with the key information you need to get the ...
We are in a bit of a quandary when it comes to social media management and automation. Brands need to interact and engage constantly with their customers via social to uphold their loyalty. If you want to turn your followers into paying customers, winging it daily is not a viable strat...
Since their discovery, gene therapies have been praised for their ability to effectively deliver cures for debilitating diseases and conditions, many of which have no other alternative treatment options available. The number of gene therapy clinical trials continues to climb both in th...
The best way to find those needles is to remove the haystack, weeding out legitimate customers and transactions in order to focus on those with the greatest likelihood of criminal intent. That requires a comprehensive fraud prevention strategy, supported by a robust machine learning mo...
When it comes to email, the messages we get make up an essential part of our modern-day communications. However, sorting through them takes up an immense amount of time. That time we could spend by doing more of what we like, need or enjoy. What is inbox zero Inbox Zero is an approach ...
Find Out Where to Invest in Single Family Rentals The rankings are based on five-year projected investment returns and the attractiveness of local school systems. Data firms HomeUnion and Maponics had just ranked the top zip codes in the country for investment in single-family rent...
Mortgage Troubles in the Wake of Harvey and Irma There was a total of 54,700 new foreclosure starts in the month of August 2017, which is an increase month-over-month of 2.63 percent, but a year-over-year decrease of 20.49 percent. The number of total national properties 30 or more d...
Foreclosures on the Rise Foreclosure filings increased 13.62 percent nationally from July to August. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, a firm that tracks foreclosures, this is how the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked for foreclosure filings during August. The national av...
Before an effective fraud prevention strategy can be implemented, common schemes and attack vectors must be understood. Here are the top 5 techniques used by scammers who target the airline industry: 1. Transactional fraud Stolen credit cards are frequently used to purchase flights. In...
Nebula Systems confirm official release of NC1701 Nebula Systems confirm the release of their “NC1701 Enhanced Vehicle Communications Controller” Connected car innovators Nebula Systems has released an exciting new hardware solution to greatly increase access to valuable vehicle data. ...
              Property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is projected by Moody’s Analytics to be between $51 billion and $75 billion, but there are immense unknown costs. Given the dense population of the impacted region, stats given to DS News by Bl...
Harvey’s hit to mortgages could be four times worse than predicted—and then there’s Irma As many as 300,000 borrowers could become delinquent on their loans after Hurricane Harvey, Black Knight Financial Services says. That is four times the original prediction because new disaster z...
eGift card transactions pose greater risk for fraud than regular transactions for two main reasons: They’re instantaneous. Legitimate and fraudulent purchasers expect to be able to redeem the eGift card immediately. They’re more anonymous. A consumer is not expected to provide identity...
The payments industry’s approach to combatting the growing CNP fraud problem has the unfortunate and unintended consequence of false declines. Join PaymentsEd for this webinar as we highlight one of the most popular sessions from the 2017 Forum and dive into what players in the payment...
Rental Property: The 14 Best Places to Buy in 2017 The best places to buy rental property often have three things in common: job growth, population growth and affordability. When you find a market that has all three of these factors, you’ll probably be able to find good investment op...
Top 10 US Cities for Foreclosures Detroit is the worst city to live in, according to recent top rankings for foreclosures released by WalletHub. Considering the factors the list takes into account, it’s also likely the worse place to invest, too. In determining its foreclosures rankin...
GDPR compliance is very much a hot topic, with the EU Parliament finally having set a date for enforcing the zero-tolerance regulation to data protection and privacy. As of 25th March 2018, the stakes will be even higher for organisations failing to comply with data privacy laws; eithe...
If you’re a loan officer or a mortgage lender and you are struggling with digital marketing you are not alone. Most everyone that we talk to in the business is having a hard time with this at one level or another. Of course there are a small group of people who excel at mortgage market...
In a bold move that cannibalizes its own custom application development business, SilverTreeSystems introduces a rapid application development platform for Salesforce allowing non-coders to build workflow applications 10X faster. CHICAGO (July 21, 2017) – For years, Jon Sapir, founder ...
5 tips for building a successful fraud team Payment fraud has been with us since the beginning of ecommerce and unfortunately, there are no signs of this type of fraud slowing down anytime soon. Within the recent years, fraud has evolved to be a complex and costly problem for most of t...
Staying Afloat Over the last 12 months, the number of underwater mortgages in the U.S. has fallen 35 percent, According to the Mortgage Monitor report released by Black Knight Financial Services this morning. It dropped 16 percent in just the first quarter of 2017. In total, 1.8 mil...
          With intense competition from U.S. and foreign buyers alike, a house flippers biggest concern is just finding properties which can be acquired at decent prices. Attracting families to actually buy the homes after renovation - that's easy by compariso...
Confident fraudsters welcome such calls because they know most merchants can be fooled over the phone with just a few simple confirmations or a short conversation. Despite their confidence most fraudsters don’t place orders by phone unless they’re convinced it’s a surefire method for g...
Join PaymentsEd and Worldpay for a webinar dedicated to understanding the payments landscape in Latin America and the complexities of each market. This will allow you and your company to make better and more informed decisions when possessing card transactions in the LatAm region. What...