Google maps introduce street view safari

first_imgGoogle Maps has announced a partnership with Save the Elephants (STE) to promote wildlife conservation. One can take a walk through Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust via Street View. The project allows Internet browsers to go on safari from the comfort of their home and hopefully be inspired to learn more about the wildlife they find along the way.The Google Maps team explored 64 sq miles of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve’s roads in February 2015, photographing elephants, zebras, and leopards along the way.While travelling through Samburu, users can read about various elephant families, identified by their thematic names.More than 100,000 African elephants fell victim to poaching in 2010-2012. Conservationists believe the trading of ivory and loss of habitat are placing the currently vulnerable African elephant population in danger. STE shares the latest estimates of total African elephants to range between 419,000 and 650,000.Primarily based in Samburu, STE conducts research and provides scientific insight on elephant behaviour, intelligence and long-distance movement. The organisation works with global partners to apply their research to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.last_img read more

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Travelport launches new version of agent desktop

first_imgTravelport has revealed a new version of its travel agency point-of-sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint.Available for all Travelport-connected agencies, including those using the Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan GDS, Smartpoint 6.5 incorporates new features designed to improve the user experience besides allowing extra revenue generation for agents.  A new hotel search facility will search for accommodation using a full or partial address. It also integrates a hotel billback solution utilising Virtual Account Numbers, or ‘VANs’, as provided by eNett International.In the airline space, Travelport has now integrated SeatGuru into Smartpoint, allowing travellers to view airline seating arrangements and in-flight amenities. The products and services of many airlines are now presented in a more visually stimulating manner through the use of Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding.“Travelport Smartpoint is designed to give our travel agents the most effective selling experience possible, allowing them to deliver value to their customers and sell smarter,” explained Jason Clarke, Travelport’s Managing Director for agency commerce.last_img read more

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Jordan Tourism Board conducts wedding planners FAM from India

first_imgJordan Tourism Board recently held a Mega Wedding Planners FAM to Jordan from India. The participants were from prominent wedding planning companies from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.The group travelled from Amman to the Dead Sea, Petra, Jerash, Ma’ain Hot Springs and Aqaba to scout potential locations and venues of Jordan for holding Indian destination weddings. Jordan is slated to become an exotic and promising wedding destination, as Indians increasingly look for newer venues and exciting options for themed weddings.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka gears up to attract 25 million tourists in 2017

first_imgSri Lanka is determined to lure in nearly 2.5 million tourists in the year 2017. In 2016, this beautiful island country was able to draw as much as 2,058,000 tourists that marked a 14% increase over 2015, as declared by the Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, John Amaratunga.Though the number of tourist arrivals last year was below the target of the regional government of 2.2 million tourists, Amaratunga said that it was the highest ever. He also added that it was a good signal for the industry. He said that the earnings from tourism in 2016 were estimated to be around $3.5 billion.According to Amaratunga, SriLankan Airlines has also pulled out some of the key tourism markets like Germany and France and the airlines would also launch a long-delayed international tourist marketing campaign this year.Sutheash Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board, said that the growth is actually from China and India. These two regions have emerged as the greatest sources of tourist arrivals, with high growth rates. He went on to add that  in 2017, they are planning to increase digital marketing in leading markets like Germany, France and United Kingdom.last_img read more

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Kerala Tourism organises Carnatic Music Festival to woo tourists

first_imgIn order to attract tourist footfall, DTPC Palakkad recently organised the week-long Kalpathy National Music Festival in association with the cultural department. The six-day festival was designed to promote the classical music as well as the culturally rich state of Kerala as a prime tourist destination. A K Balan, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Kerala inaugurated the closing ceremony of this iconic cultural event on November 13. The opening ceremony of the event was inaugurated by M B Rajesh on Purandaradasa Day (November 8) and was presided over by Shafi Parambil, MLA.Speaking on the occasion, Dr. P Suresh Babu, IAS, District Collector and Chairman, DTPC Palakkad stated, “We want to promote “Kalpathy Sangeetholsavam” as one of the best music festivals in India and encourage tourists’ footfall at the pristine destinations of Kerala.”During this weeklong vibrant music festival, various cultural programs were organised such as – vocal concerts by some of the prominent musicians, violin performance by R K Shreeramkumar and N M Brahmadathan, Mridangam performance by Srimushnam Rajarao and N Nagaraj followed by Ghatom performance by S V Ramani.last_img read more

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Qatar Airways launches Qsuite on Mumbai and Bengaluru routes

first_imgQatar Airways announced recently that its award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, is now available on flights to and from Mumbai and Bengaluru.Patented by Qatar Airways, Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, as well as private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways said, “Since its launch, Qsuite has received tremendous attention globally, and we are delighted to introduce this revolutionary product on our Mumbai and Bengaluru routes. With Qsuite, Qatar Airways has transformed premium travel by bringing a first class experience to the Business Class cabin. We look forward to welcoming passengers from Mumbai, Bengaluru and points beyond onboard.”Flights on the Mumbai and Bengaluru routes will be served by a Boeing B777 aircraft, with one aircraft flying daily to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Bengaluru International Airport.Qsuite is currently available on select Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft. The expansion to Mumbai and Bengaluru follows the introduction of the product to various destinations around the globe, including London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Houston, Shanghai and Canberra.last_img read more

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Minnesota Leads in Q2 Mortgage Fraud Activity

first_img More mortgage brokers, loan officers, and others chose Minnesota over all other states in which to bilk homeowners and lenders, placing the northern state first for mortgage fraud activity and making it the most unlikely hotspot for criminal behavior. An index released by “”MortgageDaily.com””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/ bore witness to a 27-percent surge in mortgage fraud activity for the North Star State over the second quarter, with other contenders seeing a rise in fraudulent behavior quarter-over-quarter.[IMAGE]Releasing the _Second-Quarter 2011 Mortgage Fraud Index_, the mortgage Web site tallied up the total number of criminal and civil cases in which prosecutors alleged that defendants secured their gains from fraudulently obtained loan proceeds.Minnesota shot up to 1261 for the index, while the _Minnesota Mortgage Fraud Index_ jumped to 15 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the highest in five years’ worth of data compiled by the index.According to MortgageDaily.com, 194 cases around the North Star State alleged $1,587,573,586 in losses from fraudulent credit and loan applications over the second quarter this year. [COLUMN_BREAK]These reflect a spike from the first quarter, during which Minnesotans heard about 150 cases involving $1,247,615,165 in alleged losses to lenders and homeowners.That said, none of the cases or alleged losses of funds matches evenly with $2,248,657,052 in losses found by MortageDaily.com over the second quarter last year. The losses resulted from 266 cases.Other unlikely states for highs in mortgage fraud activity: Colorado, Iowa, Oregon, and Utah. The index released by MortgageDaily.com saw cases dip overall by 78 percent in Oregon, while Utah leapt forward.Dollar volume for these cases rose by more than $340 million than the amounts recorded over the first three months this year, with a large share owned by the caseload in Minnesota. The North Star State laid claim to approximately $161 million more in alleged mortgage fraud.MortageDaily.com found that dollar volume nonetheless fell by some $661 million over the second quarter nationally. California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania assumed overwhelmingly less as well, with the former seeing $300 million less on a year-over-year basis and mortgage fraud activity by dollar volume falling for the latter two by $218 million and $198 million, respectively.A statement from the Web site faulted North Carolina and New York for their role in upping overall mortgage fraud activity by dollar volume. The Empire State accounted for $72 million more in second-quarter cases, while North Carolina observed an increase in mortgage fraud activity to the tune of $67 million. Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2011-09-12 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Minnesota Leads in Q2 Mortgage Fraud Activity September 12, 2011 493 Views last_img read more

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Keller Williams Realty Expands Overseas

first_img Share “”Keller Williams Realty, Inc.””:http://www.kw.com/kw/, unveiled that it recently expanded its international franchise into Indonesia and Southern Africa, helping add to the bottom line of one of the nation’s largest real estate companies.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, the Austin, Texas-based company continues to mastermind operations in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Pretoria, South Africa.Tertius Zitzke, CEO of “”AccTech Systems””:http://www.acctech.biz/, will assist with technology solutions that help move the locus of activity involving Keller Williams Realty overseas. Also joining the transfer team: Stefan Swanepoel, a _New York Times_ best-selling author, who will oversee and speak about topics related to leadership and personal development.””We are proud to be joining a company with such a strong system of beliefs and policy of putting real estate agents first,”” Tony Eddy, chairman and CEO of “”Tony Eddy & Associates””:http://www.tonyeddy.com/, said in a statement. “”We are excited to see how we’ll thrive in the Indonesian market with the support of our new Keller Williams partners.”” Keller Williams Realty Expands Overseas September 20, 2012 452 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Company News Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-20 Ryan Schuette in Origination, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

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Report White House Preparing to Replace DeMarco

first_img December 10, 2012 406 Views Edward DeMarco’s days directing the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx (FHFA) may be numbered, according to a report from “”_The Wall Street Journal_””:http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2012/12/10/white-house-seeking-new-regulator-for-fannie-freddie/.[IMAGE]””People familiar with the discussions”” told _The Wall Street Journal_ the White House is preparing to nominate a new director. According to those sources, administration officials are still in the process of gathering names for potential nominees.DeMarco has no shortage of nemeses both in and out of Washington, and many experts speculated that no matter who won the presidency in November’s election, his time at agency would not last much longer.Perhaps his most unpopular policy has been his staunch opposition to principal reductions for loans owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which are held in conservatorship by FHFA. In a “”response””:http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/24113/PFStatement73112.pdf earlier this year to congressional inquiries over whether or not FHFA would direct the GSEs to implement the Home Affordable Modification Program Principal Reduction Alternative (HAMP PRA), DeMarco concluded that the benefits of such a program would not outweigh the costs and risks.””Given our multiple responsibilities to conserve the assets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, maximize assistance to homeowners to avoid fore closures, and minimize the expense of such assistance to taxpayers, FHFA concluded that HAMP PRA did not clearly improve foreclosure avoidance while reducing costs to taxpayers relative to the approaches in place today,”” he wrote in July.The response brought down a firestorm from critics, including Nobel Prize-winning economist and _New York Times_ columnist Paul Krugman, who “”replied with a piece””:http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/fire-ed-demarco/ titled simply, “”Fire Ed DeMarco.””Not everyone has been critical of his performance, however. Supporters hail DeMarco as a director who refuses to gamble the future of the GSEs (and taxpayer money) on policies whose benefits are not certain. “”_The Washington Post_””:http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-08-01/opinions/35490860_1_fannie-and-freddie-principal-reductions-taxpayer-aid called his decision “”a defensible judgment call on a politically polarized question that is, in policy terms, actually very close.””””Mr. DeMarco’s statutory mandate includes the responsibility to make sure Fannie and Freddie ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôpreserve and conserve’ their (taxpayer-supplied) capital, as well as operate ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôconsistent with the public interest.’ That can be read to include not only the fiscal impact of two organizations that have already absorbed more than $188 billion in taxpayer aid but also the market repercussions of offering principal reductions to some people who have stopped meeting their contractual obligations while others have sacrificed to keep theirs,”” the publication said in an August editorial.Should DeMarco be forced to depart his post, it seems likely that his successor will be someone friendlier to the idea of principal forgiveness and other oft-discussed assistance programs. Report: White House Preparing to Replace DeMarco Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Principal Reduction Processing Service Providers 2012-12-10 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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Genworth Implements Mortgage Capital Insurance Plan

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-01 Esther Cho “”Genworth Financial””:https://www.genworth.com/ got the go-ahead to implement its comprehensive capital plan for its mortgage insurance business. The plan has been fully implemented as of April 1, Virginia-based Genworth announced. [IMAGE] The company first revealed its “”capital plan””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/genworth-announces-capital-plan-for-mortgage-business-2013-01-16 in January. The plan is expected to reduce Genworth Mortgage Insurance Company’s (GMICO) risk-to-capital ratio by about 15 points and lower the combined risk-to-capital ratio of the U.S. mortgage insurance subsidiaries by about 10 points. [COLUMN_BREAK] The plan should also decrease the likelihood mortgage insurance subsidiaries would need additional capital, ensure the ability to write new business, and decrease the risk of a default for Genworth’s senior notes.One action that is part of the plan involved transferring ownership of the European mortgage insurance subsidiaries to GMICO. Under the new plan, should adverse conditions occur, Genworth has the future option of implementing a “”NewCo”” structure to continue writing new business in all 50 states. Genworth also injected $100 million into GMICO on April 1 as part of the plan. “”We are very pleased to have received all the necessary regulatory approvals and fully implement the comprehensive capital plan for the U.S. mortgage insurance business announced in January 2013,”” said Martin P. Klein, EVP and chief financial officer. “”U.S. mortgage insurance is a key component of our Global Mortgage Insurance Division, and the plan increases our financial flexibility while bolstering capital in the business to continue writing profitable new business and returning the business to profitability over time.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Genworth Implements Mortgage Capital Insurance Plancenter_img Share April 1, 2013 440 Views last_img read more

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Consumer Sentiment Falling Despite Rosy Economic Forecast

first_img Conference Board Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment Housing Industry U.S. Economy University of Michigan 2015-02-27 Seth Welborn Share Consumer Sentiment Falling Despite Rosy Economic Forecast in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img February 27, 2015 491 Views While Fannie Mae’s February 2015 Economic Outlook released on Thursday predicted a boost for housing this year based on strong economic growth, consumers may not be quite convinced, based on two consumer sentiment indices released this week.The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters Index of Consumer Sentiment released Friday tumbled down to 95.4 for February after reaching its highest level in 11 years, 98.1, in January. Even with the month-over-month decline, however, February’s reading was still at its highest level in eight years and still much higher than the 81.6 reported for February 2014.”The underlying strength that has kept confidence at high levels has been job gains,” said Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Survey of Consumers. “While buffeted by harsh weather and lower gas prices, consumers have remained focused on gains in jobs and wages. Consumers intend to increase their spending during the year ahead, but they also want to keep a tight rein on their debt as well as to increase their precautionary savings. Few consumers believe that gas prices will not increase in the future, and even fewer think the economy will no longer suffer downturns. Without more robust wage increases, consumers will increasingly condition their spending on the availability of reduced prices.”Many economists and analysts have insisted that robust wage growth among Americans is needed to facilitate a complete recovery in housing – and particularly needed among milliennials, those ages 25 to 34, who are the key to household formation.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Summary released in early February reported an average hourly wage gain of 12 cents month-over-month, from $24.63 to $24.75. Still, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said after that report was released that more wage growth is needed in order for the economy, and hence the housing industry, to recover.”Over the last year, we’ve seen average wages going up, a little over 2 percent,” Lew said in an interview with CNBC earlier this month. “We need more wage growth than that for people to really feel it, but it’s something to be that’s starting to be something that’s a trend in the right direction. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to help drive that trend forward.”The University of Michigan Index is not the only consumer index released this week that saw a decline, however. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, released earlier this week, took a dive in February down to 96.4 after hitting 103.8 in January. In fact, consumers’ outlook was less optimistic in February than in January across the board – Conference Board data for the month indicated declines in consumers’ appraisal of current conditions, optimism about the short term outlook, and the outlook for the labor market – despite recent reports from the Obama Administration proclaiming that the labor market is at its healthiest since the turn of the century.”After a large gain in January, consumer confidence retreated in February, but still remains at pre-recession levels (September 2007, Index, 99.5),” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at the Conference Board. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remained positive, but short-term expectations declined. While the number of consumers expecting conditions to deteriorate was virtually unchanged, fewer consumers expect conditions to improve, prompting a less upbeat outlook. Despite this month’s decline, consumers remain confident that the economy will continue to expand at the current pace in the months ahead.”last_img read more

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Financial Woes Causing Marital Rifts

first_img Financial Stress LendEDU 2017-02-12 Staff Writer February 12, 2017 612 Views Share Low-income couples face more financial-related relationship stress than those of other income tiers, according to a recent survey by LendEDU, with 51.66 percent saying finances are the single most stressful facet of their relationship. Only 47.46 percent of middle-income earners said finances were the most stressful factor in their relationship, and for high-income earners, the number was even less—just 42.86 percent. The survey also found that financial stress was more common with married couples than those simply in a committed relationship. More than 52 percent of married people said they consider finances the most stressful facet of their relationship, while only 45 percent of unmarried, committed couples say the same.The survey also found stark differences between genders. More females (39.75 percent) believe their significant other is bad at managing money than males (29.5 percent). Additionally, females tend to be less confident in their significant other’s spending habits; just 55.5 percent of women believe their significant other spends money wisely, while 70.75 percent of men believe it.“Two different statements could be made after analyzing this question,” LendEDU’s report stated. “It could be true that women spend money more wisely, or men spend money less wisely. Alternatively, it could be true that women are more critical of spending habits, or men are less critical of spending habits.”Surprisingly, a large portion of both genders believe honesty about finance is more important than honesty about fidelity. In fact, 36 percent of men feel that way, while 28.5 percent of women do.LendEDU’s Relationships and Personal Finance Survey polled 800 individuals in “significant” relationships—50 percent married and 50 percent unmarried. It was also split 50-50 between genders, and surveyed individuals in all income tiers: low-income ($0 to $49,999), middle-income ($50,000 to $99,999), and high-income ($100,000 to $150,000-plus.)To view the full results of LendEDU’s survey, visit LendEDU.com. center_img Financial Woes Causing Marital Rifts in Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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SingleFamily Housing is Going Green

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Single-family home builders are going green according to a recent study from Dodge Data & Analytics in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).According to the study, of those surveyed, at least one-third of single-family builders said green building accounts for more than 60 percent of their portfolio. NAHB and Dodge believe by 2022, this will increase to nearly half of builders.“Dedicated” green builders, or those that have green building as more than 90 percent of their portfolio, made up 20 percent of those surveyed in single-family. According to NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, this shows that green building has become an established part of the residential construction landscape.”It is no longer a niche business; our members recognize the value of building green and are incorporating these elements into their standard business practices,” MacDonald said. Net zero homes, or homes that produce as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year, are becoming more popular, too. Twenty-nine percent of single-family builders have built the homes in the past two years, and 44 percent expect to do so in the next biennium.The study showed that builders are seeing increased demand and competitive advantage for net zero homes as the top two drivers to begin developing them, but the added use of renewable technologies is also driving the rise in their popularity. Nineteen to 23 percent of builders reported using solar photovoltaic panels, part of a renewable energy home, in the last two years, and 43 percent expect to use the technology in the future.”As consumers become more familiar with the impact that their homes can have on their health and well-being, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the influence of this factor continue to grow,” said Steve Jones, Dodge’s Senior Director of Industry Insights Research.To see the press release, click here. Share Single-Family Housing is Going Greencenter_img September 27, 2017 588 Views Green Housing National Association of Home Builders 2017-09-27 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

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Whats the Score

first_img Buying a home is the biggest purchase most consumers will ever make, and many buyers will feel the impact of applying for a mortgage on their credit score long after moving in. A report from LendingTree shows that credit scores will eventually recover, but how quickly?LendingTree found that on average, credit scores fell by 15 points over a nearly five-month period following a mortgage, and it took an average of another five months to return to prior levels.“Mortgages do not appear on credit reports immediately after closing,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist LendingTree. “Typically, the mortgage lender starts reporting to the credit bureaus after your first payment and depending on the lender’s reporting cycle. Thus it may take about 60 days after closing or even longer for it show up and start affecting a score.”The site also identified which cities saw the fastest rate of credit score recovery following a mortgage. At the top of that list was Richmond, Virginia, where credit scores took an average of 266 days to recover, and scores saw a 13 point average decline. Other fast-recovering cities include Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, where mortgage borrowers could see their credit scores recover in an average of 701 or 704 days, respectively.On the opposite end, Milwaukee saw the longest recovery times, with credit scores taking an average of 384 days to recover following a mortgage, followed closely by Austin and Riverside, California, where credit scores recovered in 377 days and 375 days, respectively.“As time passes, making on-time payments helps a borrower improve their credit score as they demonstrate they are managing their new mortgage account well,”  Kapfidze added. “Having a mortgage also increases the diversity of accounts in the credit file, which also boosts the score. Eventually, the score returns to its pre-mortgage level and in most cases, surpasses it.”Find the full report from LendingTree here. October 31, 2018 783 Views Buyers Buying Credit Score mortgage 2018-10-31 Seth Welborn What’s the Score?center_img in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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ClosingCorp Integrates Plaza Home Mortgages BREEZE LOS

first_img ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, has announced that its SmartFees service is integrated with Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc.’s BREEZE loan origination system. The integration provides wholesale mortgage brokers the option of creating, previewing and delivering loan estimate (LE) disclosures at the point of sale. SmartFees provides an automated fee solution that gives Plaza mortgage brokers immediate access to vendor-verified closing costs with an audit trail and a data-backed guarantee. The integration allows BREEZE users to quickly search for and select a closing agent and title company in their specific markets. SmartFees will integrate the loan file information, transfer tax and recording data, as well as service provider fees, including land surveys and other services required depending on the property’s location, from more than 70,000 rate cards. Lender business rules and other requirements are also feed into BREEZE—allowing Plaza Home Mortgage brokers the ability to originate mortgage confidently and compliantly. “Lenders want proven applications to help them meet compliance requirements,” said Bob Jennings, chief executive officer of ClosingCorp. “Our partnership with Plaza Home Mortgage will improve their efforts to provide accurate and timely data to their borrowers while also giving them peace of mind that they are in compliance.”“Our integration with ClosingCorp represents our continued commitment to streamlining the LE and disclosure form generation process for our clients,” said Jeff Leinan, executive vice president of National Wholesale Production for Plaza Home Mortgage. “Continuing to collaborate with industry leaders, like ClosingCorp, allows us to provide our clients with access to the most accurate rates and fees enabling them to close fully compliant loans.” ClosingCorp Integrates Plaza Home Mortgage’s BREEZE LOS ClosingCorp 2019-06-28 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img June 28, 2019 280 Views in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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first_img Mexican tomato growers making false claims about a … You might also be interested in He explained that while the first project had been successful, there were still a lot of difficulties and challenges for grape growers in India.”We need work together to solve these challenges so farmers can get more confident and so they can understand by themselves what the changes are they need in order to improve,” he said, adding that in Maharashtra there has been a “huge challenge of water” over recent years.”The Monsoons have been delayed which has caused a lot of challenges. We need to work out how to store the water to use it afterward for irrigation. These are the kind of problems we are trying to find solutions to through these development projects, and we involve them so they can sustain themselves for longer.”Ghosh also noted that one of the biggest challenges of marketing Indian grapes in Europe was their small sizing compared to the South African and Chilean competition. However, he said that perceptions of Indian-origin fruit have improved significantly in Europe over the last few years.”I see a huge change in the mindset, and I think Don Limón has played a huge role in that, especially with its development projects and supplying one of the biggest retailers in Germany,” he said.In the future, he said Don Limón would like to develop projects for other horticultural sectors in India, such as pomegranate and mangoes, and is also looking to work with farmers in Africa.www.freshfruitportal.com Turkish cherry industry eyes strong future in Chin … U.S.: Mission Produce sharpens brand and unveils n … center_img Germany-headquartered produce company Don Limón is currently discussing its next project aimed at supporting the Indian table grape sector.For the last four years the company for has been working in partnership with the German Government under a program called develoPPP to help Indian small-holder growers in Maharashtra, a key district in the country’s grape belt.Last year it finished the first project, which was focused on helping producers reach EU market standards.Don Limón markets the growers’ grapes in the EU, bringing them straight to retailers and cutting our intermediaries to save costs.”We are now at the very beginning stages of planning for other projects in India. They will also be in the grape sector but related to other factors like irrigation water or packaging systems,” Don Limón representative Debjit Ghosh told Fresh Fruit Portal at last month’s London Produce Show and Conference.”The last project was mainly focused on uplifting Indian grape farmers’ conditions for the European market – which they were missing in terms of documentation, residues and pesticide control. That was our main focus, along with making the farmer sustainable, so that when the project ends the farmer can continue to make a living.” USMCA passage reportedly unlikely before fall … July 04 , 2018 last_img read more

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Costa Group ASX CGC is set to consolidate its p

first_img Costa Group (ASX: CGC) is set to consolidate its position in Australia’s two leading fruit export commodities – table grapes and citrus – through the acquisition of Nangiloc Colignan Farm’s (NCF) farming operations in the greater Sunraysia district of North West Victoria.The company announced today (Nov. 16 AEDT) it had signed a conditional agreement in conjunction with a subsidiary of CK Life Sciences Int’l (Holdings) Inc, through which CK would acquire the farm to be leased to Costa for 20 years. The group expects the acquisition to be completed in late 2018.NCF is a grower of high quality citrus and grapes across 567 hectares, including 240 hectares of citrus (103ha Afourer mandarins, 105ha oranges), 204 hectares of table grapes and 123 hectares of wine grapes.Costa CEO Harry Debney said the acquisition and its focus on the Sunraysia growing region opened up growth opportunities that were not available in the South Australian Riverland, an area where Costa produces approximately half of the citrus crop.“This acquisition and location in the Sunraysia region will reduce reliance on any one region in our portfolio and will also open up additional growth opportunities,” Debney said.”In particular, with respect to Afourer mandarins and navel oranges this will allow us to further take advantage of export market demand.” Costa said NCF had “attractive plantings” of proprietary table grape varieties, and it was expected the majority of table grape sales from the farm would be for export markets.Up to a third of the NCF citrus plantings are less than five years old., while Cossta plans to convert wine grape vineyards to citrus plantings over time.The operation has a main operating shed, cool rooms, machinery sheds and workshops, as well as 3,800ML of water under permanent licence and more than 100ML of irrigation dam capacity.“Over recent years Costa has embarked upon both greenfield growth and M&A activity in the citrus category. This has been fuelled by expanded favourable export markets and free trade agreements with countries including Japan, South Korea and China,” Debney said.”In order to further capitalise on this, Costa is trialling several new mandarin, orange and lemon varieties on commercial sized blocks that have market potential with improved attributes including, seedless, high brix (sugar), red flesh and different maturity timing.”With the current 2,429 hectares of citrus category plantings Costa has in the South Australian Riverland, the NCF acquisition will bring the Company’s total plantings in the Riverland and Sunraysia regions to 2,996 hectares.The deal comes just days after Bennelong Australian Equity Partners announced it had increased its stake in the company over recent months to hold 12.5% voting power in Costa, on behalf of security holders Citi, NAS, BNP, RBC and RBC Lux. November 15 , 2018 center_img You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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The 99 years lease to Del Monte comes to an end in

first_imgThe 99 years lease to Del Monte comes to an end in 2022 and its renewal process has commenced.The petition by James Mwangi and Ephantus Githae seeks to halt the process until public bidding is done. Del Monte in its application argued that it was the registered owner of the land and has invested heavily in it.The company further argued that the outcome of the petition may disrupt the ongoing land renewal process.Click here to read the full article. Fresh Del Monte posts strong Q2 following “strateg … April 17 , 2019 Del Monte forms new product development team … You might also be interested incenter_img The Environment and Lands court in Kenya’s Murang’a County has reportedly dismissed an application by Del Monte Kenya to be enjoined in a case seeking to stop the renewal of its land lease, according to local media The Star.On Friday, Justice Grace Kemei dismissed the application with costs to the pineapple processor, saying it did not demonstrate how the suit would interfere with the current land ownership status of the company.Del Monte had applied to be enjoined in a case where two Murang’a residents are seeking orders to have the county government of Murang’a and the National Land Commission advertise the renewal of the land lease owned by Del Monte under the Public Procurement and Disposal Act. Court affirms Del Monte’s US$29M arbitration win a … U.S.: FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D … last_img read more

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British Airways has put fares from Australia to t

first_imgBritish Airways has put fares from Australia, to the UK, Europe and Singapore, on sale, across all cabins until 11 June 2018. The discount return fares are valid for travel until 31 March 2019 and start from AUD$1136 to the UK and Europe in economy class, and from AUD$640* to Singapore.1. Singapore – Fares start from AUD$640* in the World Traveller economy class, AUD$1,600* in the World Traveller Plus premium economy class, AUD$2,850* in the Club World business class, and AUD$4,450* in First.2. London – Fares start from AUD$1,178* in the World Traveller economy class, AUD$3,198* in the World Traveller Plus premium economy class, AUS$6,398* in the Club World business class, and AUD$9,998* in First.3. Europe – Fares start from AUD$1,136* in the World Traveller economy class, AUD$3,014* in the World Traveller Plus premium economy class, AUD$6,230* in the Club World business class, and AUD$9,830* in First.For bookings and further information visit ba.com.*T&Cs apply airlinesBritish Airwayslast_img read more

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Michael Floyd was part of the Arizona Cardinals te

first_img Michael Floyd was part of the Arizona Cardinals team that lost to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0. A rookie, Floyd caught two passes for 30 yards that day, as he quickly learned something many others already knew: CenturyLink Field in Seattle is a really tough place to play football.“We just have to stick together,” Floyd told Burns and Gambo Tuesday. “And I think, for the most part, Seattle intimidates a lot of teams and guys going out there, they feel that they can’t win.” The last visiting team to leave Seattle with a win was the San Francisco 49ers, who did so in Week 16 of the 2011 season. Since then, the Seahawks are a perfect 14-0 at home, including a couple of wins over the Cardinals.“I think we, as an offense, have to go out there with confidence knowing that we can win, that we can beat this team,” Floyd said. And, he added, what happened last year has nothing to do with what the team can — or expects to — do this time around. “That’s last year; we’re a whole different team this year, whole different offense,” he said. “We’re going to go up there with confidence and believing that we’re going to win.”Floyd said the Cardinals and Seahawks are both different teams than they were then, which is true. However, the Seahawks happen to be the only team to beat the Cardinals in Arizona this season, which they did by a score of 34-22 on Oct. 17. The Cardinals are 6-1 since that loss, though, and appear to be a better team than they were back then — and last season, too. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img LISTEN: Michael Floyd joins Burns & Gambo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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