Wish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld site

first_imgLettings app Movebubble has signed a deal with sustainable developer EcoWorld to market build-to-rent homes on a site where Pink Floyd records were once made.Be:here Hayes is the first development from EcoWorld that will feature on Movebubble.The complex is part of the Old Vinyl Factory redevelopment of the 18-acre former EMI record plant in Hayes, Middlesex, where groundbreaking albums by The Beatles and Pink Floyd were once pressed.The site is located just 300 yards away from Hayes & Harlington railway station, also a stop on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) scheduled to open in 2021.EcoWorld is an award-winning Malaysian-based property developer focused on providing sustainable property around the world.Be:here Hayes (pictured below) offers 119 one and two-bedroom apartments. The development is pet-friendly and features on-site concierge services and free super-fast 30Mbps broadband for residents.Leisure facilitiesThe development also features restaurants and leisure facilities and has a 7,000 sq ft roof terrace for residents.The Old Vinyl Factory also taps into its musical past with a live music venue.Movebubble CEO Aidan Rushby welcomed the partnership with EcoWorld.“Our exciting partnership with EcoWorld allows us further to increase the number of high-calibre spaces available on the Movebubble platform while collaborating with a partner that champions sustainable practices in the property industry,” he said.“Renters are becoming more aware of companies with a green ethos, and developments such as be:here Hayes provide renters with such renting opportunity in the capital.”Vinny Bhander, managing director of residential investment at EcoWorld, added: “Be:here Hayes is an exciting development that was built for the modern-day renter, and Movebubble provides the perfect platform to market it to London’s growing number of renters.”Ecoworld Hayes Vinyl Factory proptech firms London rental property eco-homes March 11, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Wish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld site previous nextLand & New HomesWish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld siteThe lettings app Movebubble has signed a deal with Malaysian developer, EcoWorld, to market rentals on the site where Pink Floyd records were made.Richard Reed11th March 20200530 Viewslast_img read more

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An open letter about the Oxford Union

first_imgFirst of all, I’d like to apologise to Union members. There has been wrongdoing and immaturity on all sides in this term’s elections, and the society’s members deserve better. I don’t deny that I played a part in this, and for that I am sorry. The internet memes I had a hand in creating were in bad taste, but it’s worth saying that they were taken out of context, and were motivated by personal (admittedly petty) rivalry with one individual, and not remotely by sexism. While some of my behaviour may have been immature and tasteless, the actions of others against me have been far more malicious and at times illegal.Much of the wrongdoing of the past few weeks has gone unreported. In the week prior to the election, my computer was hacked into, and then wiped. The evidence illegally obtained from my computer was then used as blackmail to stop me from taking up my position, and to stop Crawford Jamieson from taking part in the upcoming election. Crawford, though in no way implicated in the allegations levelled against me, decided to submit to the demands of the blackmailers in order to help save my reputation. What Crawford did for me, as a friend, was an honourable act which shows the best facets of Union politics. The evidence against me, having already been used for intimidation and blackmail, was then leaked to the press in an attempt by others to ruin my character. Here is my side of the story.On 30th May, I left my laptop locked in one of the Union’s offices after speaking in a debate about banking. I didn’t take it back to college with me, and instead returned the morning after to submit my nomination for Secretary of the Union. I opened my laptop to a blank, white screen. In the middle of the screen, there was a flashing question mark. This symbol, it transpired, meant that my laptop and all its contents had been wiped. I lost an entire year of work, along with pictures, music, and all my other files. I have no way of proving exactly who it was that hacked my computer, blackmailed me, and spread malicious rumours.In the days following, screenshots of my laptop were shown to various senior members of the Oxford Union committee, all dated to the night of the debate, between 02:55 and 05:58 in the early morning. From the evidence that was subsequently leaked to Cherwell, it is clear that whoever hacked my computer did so with the sole aim of discovering something — anything — that could be used against me and Crawford in the Union election. With the threat of press involvement growing, both Crawford and I decided it would be easiest to give in to these tactics. We felt that such a furore over a student society election was not worth the weeks of worry that would follow.Though there has been wrongdoing on both sides, the treatment I have endured has been much worse than any student deserves. I never expected for my hard drive to be wiped, my personal emails to be used for blackmail and intimidation, and for my political opponents to use this illegally obtained evidence to spread malicious rumours about me amongst the student population. In the last two weeks, I received many texts from friends around Oxford who had been told that I was sent down as a result of the allegations against me — entirely false. Whatever immature jokes I have been responsible for pale in comparison to the personally damaging allegations that I know were circulated against me, not to mention the vicious way I have been treated by those who wished to ruin my reputation.last_img read more

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Housing cuts raise concerns for Oxford’s homeless

first_imgHousing charity Oxford Homeless Pathways has launched a petition to protest a proposed 38% cut to the Housing Related Support budget recently announced by Oxfordshire County Council.The proposed cut is part of the council’s wider plans to save £64 million over the next four years, and would reduce the current Housing Related Support budget of £4 million by £1.5 million. Currently, over 350 people in Oxfordshire are receiving support from charities part-funded by the council, with an additional 550 receiving direct support to prevent them from becoming homeless.Oxford Homeless Pathways has published an open letter to the council on Change.org, warning that the move would cause problems for Oxford’s homeless. The petition reads, “Failing to help people can be every bit as expensive, especially in the long term,”“Cutting these vital services will harm the people who need their support. It will damage our community and increase costs for the tax payer.”Over 500 people have signed the petition so far, which aims to gain 1000 signatories.Leslie Dewhurst, chief executive of the charity, expressed fears for the future of the three hostels in Oxfordshire that currently house about 60 homeless people each.“It depends how they are going to carve the cuts up. They could decide to just close one of the three hostels in the city – I think it could be a possibility. But each of us have about 60 people and that is another 60 people sleeping rough.”Mark Hankinson, who has been homeless for 11 years after losing his job and serving a prison sentence, is a resident at O’Hanlon House, one of the hostels run by Oxford Homeless Pathways. He said, “For homeless people the hostel is a big help. It is not just a matter of a bed and a meal – we have a worker who supports you.”With the money saved from the cuts to the Housing Related Support budget, the council argues, an estimated £7m can be added to its adult social care budget. The council plans to save an additional £3 million by encouraging more people with learning disabilities to live at home with support.Oxfordshire County Councillor Arash Fatemian defended the cuts at a meeting at County Hall on Tuesday 17 December. “The sums we are talking are £50,000 here and £100,000 there, but that quickly adds up to £1 million,” he said. “My question for them is would they rather I found that saving in the adult social care or children’s services budgets?”Oxford students have expressed broadly positive reactions to Oxford Homeless Pathways’ petition.Some students question Fatemian’s assertion that the proposed council cuts make sense economically. “Homeless people are more likely to make use of expensive public services, including the NHS, prison and the police. Investment now in decreasing the number who need social support is likely to save money in the long term,” said Scarlett Harris, a medic at Magdalen. “Cutting the Housing Related Support budget will not necessarily help the council to save money.”George Christofi, a Classics student, expressed concern for the people who would be most affected by the cuts. “Budget cuts are necessary, but they ought to be fairly apportioned and not focused on the most vulnerable among us,” he said.last_img read more

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Hoboken mayoral candidate condemns Charlottesville violence, says she is ‘not Donald…

first_img× HOBOKEN — City Council President and mayoral candidate Jen Giattino posted a Facebook message last weekend in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and Donald Trump’s subsequent statement condemning violence on “both sides.”She also may have been responding to a Hoboken Reporter cover article over the weekend in which the various council candidates gave their opinions on the Trump administration. Months ago, Giattino, a Republican, had declined to comment on Trump, but then later said she did not vote for Trump.On Facebook over the weekend, she wrote, “As I continue to talk to neighbors and reflect on the events in Charlottesville as well as the marches in Boston, I am coming to realize that some may believe my party affiliation defines who I am. This only makes me more determined to ring every doorbell in Hoboken and meet each of you personally,” she wrote. “Anyone who knows me understands that I am not Donald Trump. I am not someone else’s words or ideas. I am me, I have my own principles and my own conscience, and I go my own way in the office I hold, just as I will when I am mayor.”“I reject entirely Donald Trump’s mixed message on tolerance and the room he gave hate groups and white supremacists,” she added. “It saddens me that the president and his administration didn’t immediately condemn unequivocally the hate and violence that led to Heather Heyer’s death and make it clear that there is no room in our nation for hate groups and racism and bigotry.”She added, “As committed as I am against all intolerance, I am just as committed to taking care of people. It’s really that simple, whether in a significant crisis or in their everyday lives.”She added that she believes in smart city government spending, developing local business, and in combating flooding, parking, aging water mains, and overdevelopment.She added “I want to see diversity in our schools. I worry about the displacement of long time residents who find living here increasingly unaffordable. I believe in civil and women’s rights. I don’t need to have a gun. And I’m concerned about the effects of climate change on our city and our children’s future. That’s the beginning and the end of it.”She added, “I am eager to speak with every single member of our community who has a concern about the city’s direction and where I would steer it. I am sure that after that conversation you will know that labeling people might be convenient, especially around election time, but rarely paints a full picture of who they are.”last_img read more

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Millers welcome decision to suspend set-aside rules

first_imgNews that 3.8 million hectares of EU farmland will be allowed back into arable production next year has been given a cautious welcome by grain traders and millers.The decision to suspend the set-aside rules that helped reduce Europe’s grain mountain to 2.5 million tonnes this year came as prices for November-traded milling wheat hit £174/t on the Liverpool grain exchange, fuelling further flour price increases and making it impossible to insulate consumers from a retail hike this autumn.The country’s second largest miller ADM announced on Tuesday that it was to add £68.13/t to all flours from August 20, reflecting similar increases by rival miller Rank Hovis. Others are expected to follow suit.According to the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA), the premium for UK bread-making over feed wheat has rocketed by £25/t to £36/t since May. Question marks over both the quality and quantity of the UK harvest, due to get into full swing this week following almost two months of unremitting rain, mean prices are unlikely to stabilise soon.”Very few millers have taken any wheat cover and they are all going to be pretty short from next week onwards,” said one trader. “Prices for milling wheat are moving up dramatically. It’s a very thin market and the millers are looking for cover, but the rest of the world’s in the same state.”Predictions that cutting set-aside would bring as much as 17 million tonnes of grain back on to the market from next year were misplaced, he said. “The problem in the UK is that with the water damage being done to the soil structure, will it be dry enough to even plant the extra acreage? Meanwhile, every wheat-growing country has reduced its crop expectations and continues to do so on a daily basis.”Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson said the net effect of reducing set aside to zero was likely to be negligible, since far-mers were not compelled to plant milling wheat.last_img read more

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Food Innovation Centre offers free support to bakeries in the Midlands

first_imgSource: Food Innovation CentreThe Food Innovation Centre, based at the University of Nottingham, has offered free support to bakeries in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.Experts at the Food Innovation Centre will offer help with product development, packaging, measures to adopt a more sustainable approach, ways to switch to online sales and making the most of a new consumer trend, such as nutritious food.It is available under the three-year Driving Research and Innovation project, which runs until the end of December 2022. Run at the University’s School of Biosciences, the support is exclusive to SME businesses, including bakeries and food and drink manufacturers in the in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) area.Over the past few years, the Food Innovation Centre has provided bakeries with expertise to aid growth and development. Clients include long-standing bakeries and newer start-ups, it said.“Our bakery clients have come to us with many different technical challenges, such as how best to use gluten-free flour or how to incorporate high protein flours into dough, for example. We’ve also been able to offer support with packaging queries, provide key marketplace knowledge and a whole lot more, as a result of the resources we have to hand,” said Richard Worrall, head of the Food Innovation Centre.Three food technologists are on hand with experience across soft drinks, the dairy sector and confectionery in large and SME businesses. Bakers can also seek advice from brewing experts and two research associates for help focussing on sustainable production and healthy eating, as well as up-to-date and accurate global knowledge.The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It is also in collaboration with the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory in the School of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and coalition The Midlands Engine.“The whole ethos behind the Driving Research and Innovation project run by the Food Innovation Centre is providing solutions to industry challenges. We share our expertise to help businesses to develop and flourish,” Worrall added.Businesses are encouraged to get in touch for support.The Food Innovation Centre has already supported over 170 food and drink manufacturers in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area, including bakers, pie makers and pizza base manufacturers.Riddings-based Luke Evans Bakery turned to the Food Innovation Centre for technical advice, market research information and new product development support.“It’s incredibly useful to have a resource like the Food Innovation Centre to support bakeries in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Luke Evans is a bakery with a long history and as part of our future we are continually developing, with new products and new processes,” said Helen Yates, operations director at Luke Evans Bakery.“We have lots of ideas for development and it’s really beneficial to be able to turn to the Food Innovation Centre for support, whether that’s for the technical specifications of new product development or market research to advise us on the latest trends in the bakery sector.”last_img read more

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Phish Announces Four-Night New Year’s Run At Madison Square Garden

first_imgAfter months of speculation, Phish has finally confirmed their plans for New Year’s Eve. As expected, the band will be hitting the famed New York, NY venue Madison Square Garden for four nights, from December 28th through the 31st.The run of shows marks the second straight year that Phish will spend New Year’s at MSG, and also the sixth NYE MSG performance in the last seven years (with 2014 as the sole exception). The shows came just two months after the band’s currently-scheduled fall tour, which ends on October 31st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The band will also release a studio album, Big Boat, on October 7th.A lottery system for tickets is currently underway, and all details can be found here. We’ll see you at the Garden!Phish New Year’s Run12/28 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY12/29 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY12/30 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY12/31 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NYlast_img read more

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Sex differences influence organ transplant rejection rate

first_imgMen and women who receive donated organs can have different rates of transplant rejection, in some cases influenced by the sex of the donor, according to a new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).The study assesses what is currently known about the influence of biological sex differences, possible mechanisms that may explain discrepancies between rejection rates for male and female recipients, and what questions remain to be explored. Their analysis is published this week in Trends in Immunology.“In solid organ transplantation, the importance and implications of the sex of both the donor and the recipient have long been underappreciated,” said Stefan G. Tullius, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at BWH and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. “The differences may be subtle but I think they are very relevant, particularly as we move toward individualizing immunosuppression and try to find ways to be more specific in our treatment. I think understanding the relevance of sex differences will play a significant role in this.”Data on transplant rejection rates have been correlated with specific patterns of donor and recipient sex in several types of transplanted organs, including kidneys and hearts. In kidney transplantation, female donor sex has been associated with an increased rate of transplant rejection, especially among male recipients. In cardiac transplantation, organs from female donors have also had lower rates of success than organs from male donors; however, in contrast to kidney transplantation, these differences are only consistently present in male recipients, and are absent in female recipients. The authors also note the importance of age — among women 45 and older, they observed a positive effect among female recipients, especially when they received a transplant from a female donor.Tullius and his colleagues describe two important categories of molecular sex differences that may influence immune response and help account for the different rates: genetics and hormones. Approximately 50 genes on the X chromosome have immunological functions, and may be more variably expressed in females. The Y chromosome, on the other hand, harbors genetic loci for male-specific antigens. Different hormonal environments in males and females may influence multiple immune cell types that express hormone receptors.The team also notes that certain therapies that target hormone receptors — such as selective estrogen receptor modulators — could be used in the future to target these hormonally mediated differences between male and female immune responses. Further analysis in experimental and clinical models will be needed to determine if this kind of therapeutic approach may be helpful for organ transplantation.Transplant rejection is a complicated phenomenon with many contributing factors, and the researchers note that mismatched sex of a donor should not be cause for concern for transplant recipients.This work was supported in part by NIH grant RO-1AG039449.last_img read more

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‘Asian Allure’ explores growth of ND Asian community

first_imgKevin Song | The Observer The Indian Association of Notre Dame performs a Bollywood dance at Thursday night’s rehearsal for this weekend’s Asian Allure shows.Ho said this year’s performances are different from past years in that there will be no skits. Instead, the event will feature stories submitted by faculty, alumni and students along with dance and fashion elements.“Each Asian club contributed a traditional dance piece,” she said. “There are more diverse individual performers who successfully auditioned for their roles in music, dance and spoken word.“There is also a fashion show that will showcase both the traditional and modern styles of Asian culture. Though it is a production showcasing Asian culture, the cast is in fact the most diverse it has ever been in terms of age, culture and talent.”Asian Allure aims to showcase Asian culture and better connect Notre Dame with the Asian community, Ho said.“Asian Allure is the only event that showcases every Asian cultural club in addition to non-affiliated acts on campus in performance,” Ho said. “Each year presents a different theme to serve the purpose of better connecting ND with the Asian community through understanding of the different cultures.”Ho said planning for Asian Allure began in July when the board began to think of ideas for the show.“The planning process began over the summer when I was selected to be the director in the end of July,” Ho said. “The Asian Allure Board was then established, and we immediately began brainstorming ideas of what the vision of Asian Allure should be this year in contrast to past productions.”Ho said auditions were held early in fall semester and rehearsals began shortly afterward.“Auditions took place in late September and selected performers were notified of their participation the same week, after which we immediately began collaboration,” she said.Ho said Asian Allure is not just put on by students for students.“Not only are students involved, but the alumni association and faculty of ND are as well,” she said. “Many visit just to watch the performance and experience the growth of the audience in numbers and diversity since their years on campus.“Though it may only seem like a mere production, Asian Allure annually reminds Notre Dame of the special presence of the Asian community of Notre Dame and how unique each individual is. It is not only a rewarding experience to those who are involved, but also to whomever come out to watch the show.”Asian Allure is held in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame, Chinese Culture Society, the Filipino American Student Organization, Indian Association of Notre Dame, Japan Club, Korean Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Tae Kwon Do Club, Project Fresh and individual student performers.Tickets will be available for $7 at the LaFortune Box Office until an hour before each show. Tickets can also be purchased for $10 at the door.Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American Association, Asian community, Jen Ho, There and Back Again The Asian American Association will hosts its annual signature performance, Asian Allure, on Friday and Saturday in the Washington Hall auditorium, junior Jen Ho, the event’s director, said.This year’s theme, “There and Back Again,” focuses on the Asian community at Notre Dame, Ho said.“This theme addresses the growth of the Asian community in Notre Dame throughout the years,” she said. “The production will carry the audience through a transition from the traditional to the new.”last_img read more

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Buddy Kittle Buddy Kittle is the Co-Founder of Banker’s Mortgage Consulting, LLC. He began his mortgage banking career in 1993 as a Mortgage Loan Officer and later promoted to producing manager … Web: bankersmortgageconsulting.com Details It would be almost impossible to deliver one article that explained how to improve the borrower’s experience. For those of you looking to improve your mortgage operation and have word of mouth be your main source of new business, hang on. This is part one of a three part series, part one focuses on the very first step of mortgage lending, the application, part two will be processing and underwriting ending with the mortgage manager.Concerns:Compliance and regulation has increased the cost to originate and process a loan over the last five years. The most and probably largest change in regulation since Dodd Frank was introduced is lurking just around the corner August 01, 2015. The CFPB is requiring all lenders to follow the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rules or “TRID” TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule as commonly referred to by industry professionals.It seems that every software provider, mortgage lender, compliance company and attorney is embedded in some form of implementation, webinar or training to make sure their portion rolls out uneventful. Mortgage managers everywhere are making sure their staff is prepared and ready. Who has time to even think about improving the borrower experience, we are like salmon swimming upstream, we know where we want to be and hope we don’t die in search of our destination.The end result of past and new regulation has done nothing to improve the time from application to clear to close. Resulting in less than satisfactorily performance, extended rate locks, unsatisfied borrowers and frustrated staff. Our industry professionals love what they do or they wouldn’t stay in such a stressful profession. They really want to answer the phone and be told “your doing a great job” by the borrower and/or realtor. We want and need to gain referral business by delivering exceptional service.Visits:During site visits with mortgage operations I typically find frustrated staff. Loan officers tell us that processing takes too long, underwriters have too many conditions and borrowers are frustrated when we ask for documentation weeks after application. However, the processors tell us they receive incomplete applications and are lacking all the supporting documentation. Underwriters express that they receive poorly documented files.Our parents used to tell us to invest the time to do a job correct the first time and it would take less time. They were right, believe me I know since I tried the short cuts and they don’t work. So I find it interesting that we continue to struggle with taking a complete loan application especially when the average age for a loan officer today is 54. So how can we be so remiss in doing a good job when at this average age we should have refined our craft? Loan officers have responded with some of the following comments:I don’t want to trouble the borrower for information we might not need.The processor needs something to do.I have too much business and not enough time.I’m a salesperson not a technician, why do you think we have processors.The borrower gets upset when I ask for so much information.Solution:There are many additional comments that could be added to the above however this could be repaired with one word “education”. If you want a top performing origination group they must have ongoing and in depth education. The loan officer who knows how to respond to a borrowers concerns is more respected by the borrower. Borrowers want to work with professionals that know more about the industry than the loan officers of their competitors.What exactly is the best way to educate your loan officers and how do you measure their depth of knowledge? You must have in place a thorough education plan that includes the following:Setting borrower expectationsProper borrower communicationComplete loan applicationsProper documentationHow to review documentationExplaining the loan process, workflow and trailing document timeframesUnderstanding, sense of urgencyRealtor and Builder (referral networks) communicationMeasuring the success or failure of a loan officerI can’t remember a mortgage operation I worked for that provided education in any of these areas. It was always assumed that if you were a producer you knew what to do however in today’s world of regulations, compliance and costly penalties it is imperative we have a highly educated staff.Driving home to your loan officers that if they take 20 additional minutes to educate their borrower of the importance of supplying all information, then reviewing the documents and delivering a complete application they will receive more referrals. When a complete application with all documentation is submitted to processing the loan will be approved much faster with the proper workflow.Realtors refer business to loan officers that are competent, knowledgeable and have borrower approvals faster than their peer group. It’s a compliment when a Realtor or Builder refers a borrower to a loan officer; they are telling the loan officer “I trust you with my paycheck”. The loan officer should understand this and strive to maintain a high level of service regardless of loan volume. Nothing takes the place of knowledge; the better educated loan officers produce the most loan volume with fewer issues. We don’t keep going back to a restaurant that delivers poor service!The last item on the list above “Measuring the success or failure of a loan officer” is usually the hardest to track. In order to evaluate loan officers you must incorporate a quality check when they submit the loan to processing. We call this a “loan officer report card” or if you want one more acronym for the industry “LORC”. The LORC allows you to track if the loan officer has completed the application properly and if they have collected all of the supporting documentation. You can set the bar for what level of competency you want to achieve. Tracking this informs you of loan officers that need additional education. So you need to adopt this philosophy with every step of your mortgage process: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”.This may seem that I am picking on loan officers however they are the foundation for a successful loan process. I encourage you to read part two of this series where I will discuss how the processor and underwriter’s role is just as critical as the loan officer once the loan takes the next step in the manufacturing process.last_img read more

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