LendingTree: Small town living pricier than top metros; MGIC integrates with Lender Price on PPE engine; Geneva hires Tiffany Graves as head of underwriting

LendingTree: Small town living pricier than top metros; MGIC integrates with Lender Price on PPE engine; Geneva hires Tiffany Graves as head of underwriting

SMALL-TOWN LIVING MAY NOT BE AS AFFORDABLE as once thought. Data show both the median price in Vineyard Haven, Mass. and Summit Park, Utah are more expensive than the median price in Los Angeles, primarily due to their location. The report notes that, at the same time, Americans living in the most expensive small towns are likely to earn…

MORTGAGE GUARANTY INSURANCE CORPORATION (MGIC) CONTINUES to digitize operations including via two recent integrations. One is the MGIC Lender Price technology integration, which automates the delivery of MGIC’s PMI rate quotes giving mortgage loan officers live access to insurance information they can immediately include in…

PRIVATELY OWNED MORTGAGE LENDER GENEVA FINANCIAL HOME Loans based in Chandler, Arizona, announces that Tiffany Graves has joined the company as national head of underwriting. In her role, Graves “will focus on achieving industry-leading rapid underwriting turn-times” while maintaining the integrity of the company's underwriting policies and standards. She joins Geneva from JP Morgan Chase where she served for…

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CERITA BATTLES KNEW, AT 10, SHE WANTED TO BE A BANKER. That tells you something, right there.  Because what 10-year old growing up in a beautiful, historic, seaside, Florida city, says her ultimate career goal is to be a banker?Olympic swimmer, maybe? Marine biologist, possibly? Lead singer in a band, or top vet at a zoo, or Mariah Carey, maybe? But banker? I don’t think so. (Or, let’s just say, it’s not likely. At 10, I mean. For me, personally, anyway.) But this, of course, is not your typical 10-year old. Not even close. Let me introduce you to Cerita J. Battles, of St. Augustine, Florida. She’s pretty much always known what she wanted in life. And today, (yes) she’s a successful banker. And I have no doubt she was one, smart, ambitious, independent-minded, 10-year old…

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#NEXTraordinary People: Megan Darnell

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#NEXTraordinary People: Suzy Lindblom

#NEXTraordinary People: Suzy Lindblom

“SUZY LINDBLOM LOVES A CHALLENGE” BY JANET REILLEY HEWITT — Suzy Lindblom has built an amazing career. But she’s not the type to brag about it. Self-promotion is not in her DNA. Chest thumping is just not a part of who she is.

Lindblom is a detail person, an efficiency expert. One of those people who likes to let results speak for themselves. And in her case, boy, do they ever.

She is chief operating officer for Planet Home Lending, Meriden, Connecticut. And if she was put in charge of all mortgage lending on the planet, she could probably get that done. (Just kidding, but, maybe not?)

Lindblom’s resume reads like the yearbook of someone who has run operations for some of the biggest, most marquee names…

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