With Remote Work Here To Stay Lenders Focus On Options For Overseeing Employees

By KIMBERLEY HAAS It is estimated that more than one in five Americans will work remotely by 2025 and lenders are finding ways to remain compliant as loan officers choose that lifestyle. According to a recent USA Today report, workers in all professions are taking advantage of remote options. Just over one-third of workers in the U.S. who can work remotely do so full-time, and 41% of people who can be on a hybrid schedule are. At the same time, 58% of white-collar workers prefer to work remotely at least three days a week and only 16% of white-collar workers would consider a job that doesn’t offer the option of working remotely at least one day a week. Banks, mortgage…

Atlantans Adjusting To Post-Pandemic Work Environment

By SCOTT KIMBLER As the debate about returning to the office continues nationwide, people in the city of Atlanta and its surrounding communities are adapting to the reality that hybrid and remote work are likely here to stay. Over six million people live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has long been a hot market for housing for a variety of reasons, including job opportunities with companies such as Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, and UPS. When the pandemic hit in 2020, a lot of changes happened as the region was introduced to shelter-in-place, which morphed into a work-from-home model. Now in the post-pandemic period, many companies have adopted a hybrid work schedule, with employees driving into the city about three…

Impacts Of Office Space Changes Continues To Be Hot Topic In Commercial Real Estate

By KIMBERLEY HAAS As companies work to determine what their office demands will be post-pandemic, commercial real estate experts continue to debate the impacts on the industry and the banking system. With office vacancy rates hitting an all-time high in August, it is feared that if office buildings become obsolete, banks will be left to weather the losses. But during a webinar hosted last week by Marcus & Millichap, a California commercial real estate firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research, and advisory services, it was agreed that office commercial real estate loans make up a small percentage of total bank outstanding loans. Jeffrey DeBoer, founding president and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable, a nonprofit public policy think tank…

Remote Office Inspection Helps Financial Companies Comply With Laws And Agency Guidelines

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Leaders at ActiveComply say their new digital service helps companies in highly regulated industries stay compliant while employing remote workers. Banks, mortgage lenders, credit unions, and investment banking firms have to follow strict agency guidelines, as well as state and federal laws. Remote Office Inspection allows compliance teams at those institutions to document their efforts when employees are working outside of the office. Rob Nunziata, co-founder and CEO of ActiveComply, uses the example of FHA home loan files, which must be protected under rules established by officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nunziata said the most important thing to regulators is that consumer data is protected. “We had a conversation with HUD early…

Remote Work In Lending: Are UWM Employees Being Unreasonable?

By KIMBERLEY HAAS United Wholesale Mortgage turned heads in the industry last week when it was reported that health officials are investigating the company after receiving complaints about how they are handling COVID, which lead some people to ask why employees in lending are expected to be in their offices to begin with. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Director Bart Pickelman confirmed to The Mortgage Note Wednesday that his agency has received 50 complaints against UWM since November 1, 2021.  “MIOSHA currently has one open investigation and other investigations that are currently progressing through the appeals process. MIOSHA cannot provide information on an open investigation,” Pickelman said. A former employee told Fox 2 in Detroit that people who work at…

A New Gold Rush For Lenders? Benefitting From The Great Resignation

By KIMBERLEY HAAS As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and workers reevaluate their commitment to metropolitan life, lenders in smaller cities stand to benefit from what is being termed the “Great Resignation.” It is estimated that about 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September after months of dramatic departure numbers, which means those employees are looking for and taking new jobs, often choosing to live in a different location if they have the option of working remotely. Since 87% of employees say they would like to work remotely at least one day a week, and one in three workers would not want to work for an employer that required them to be onsite full time, potential homebuyers are taking these…