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Dodd Frank Update conducted a live interview with Douglas G. Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae who shared his perspective on the economy and industry. Justin Wiseman and Valerie Jahn-Grandin followed Duncan to share their insights on the critical regulatory changes that lie ahead and outlined how those changes can impact your business. They also provided an update on developments and compliance trends that will occur soon and provide the latest information on:
Douglas G. Duncan
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist
Douglas G. Duncan is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae where he is responsible for forecasts and analyses of the economy and the housing and mortgage markets. Duncan also oversees strategic research regarding the potential impact of external factors on the housing industry. He leads the House Price Forecast Working Group reporting to the Finance Committee.
Under his leadership, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group (ESR) won the NABE Outlook Award, presented annually for the most accurate GDP and Treasury note yield forecasts, in both 2015 and 2016 – the first recipient in the award's history to capture the honor two years in a row. In addition, ESR was awarded by Pulsenomics for best home price forecast.
Named one of Bloomberg/BusinessWeek's 50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate, Duncan is Fannie Mae's source for information and analyses on demographics and the external business and economic environment; the implications of changes in economic activity on the company's strategy and execution; and for forecasting overall housing, economic, and mortgage market activity.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Duncan was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. His experience also includes work on the Financial Institutions Project at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and service as a LEGIS Fellow and staff member with the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs for Congressman Bill McCollum in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Duncan received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.
Nate Baker is the CEO and cofounder of Qualia, overseeing strategic vision for the company and
executing the mission to provide a remarkable real estate closing experience for everyone
involved. Since founding the company in 2015, Nate and his team have raised more than $40
million in funding and have expanded Qualia’s platform and services to all 50 states. On track
to become the U.S. real estate industry's default closing platform, Qualia's market share has tripled in under two years with now over 15 percent of all real estate transactions nationwide currently closing on Qualia.
Nate graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science, Engineering
degree in Mechanical Engineering and has received numerous accolades for his talents and
contributions. Most recently, Nate was named to Inc Magazine’s 2018 prestigious 30 Under 30
Rising Stars list.
Associate Vice President & Managing Regulatory Counsel
Mortgage Bankers Association
Justin Wiseman is an Associate Vice President and Managing Regulatory Counsel in the Public Policy and Industry Relations department at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Justin manages MBA’s Regulatory Policy team that covers legal issues, trends in litigation, regulatory compliance matters, and servicing as well as provides strategic direction to advance MBA member priorities on regulatory and legal matters. This team also analyzes pending rules and legislation, provides comments on behalf of MBA members on pending rules or regulations and helps develops MBA’s posture towards innovation and innovation policy.
Prior to this, he staffed MBA’s Loan Administration committee, providing policy development insights and working with stakeholders to advocate on behalf of the industry. Justin assisted the Department to formulate responses to policy initiatives and helps monitor relevant trends in the servicing market. Justin also worked at MBA as Associate Regulatory Counsel to analyze forthcoming legislation and administrative rule-making. Before joining MBA, Justin clerked for a federal District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee and worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies on European and Transatlantic security issues. Justin is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and Dartmouth College.
Executive Vice President & Chief Underwriting Counsel
North American Title Insurance Company
Valerie Jahn-Grandin, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Counsel for North American Title Insurance Company (NATIC), brings a wealth of commercial real estate experience to her position, including commercial acquisition, conveyance, financing and development, as well as title insurance underwriting. Prior to joining NATIC, Valerie was Senior Underwriting Counsel at Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC, in Orlando, Florida, where she provided underwriting assistance to commercial law firms, foreclosure practices and residential title agents. From 1999 to 2007, she handled all phases of commercial and residential real estate for Burr & Forman. She also managed a real estate caseload for Miami-based Shapo, Freedman & Fletcher for four years prior to that. Valerie is an honors graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar, CREW Miami and previously, CREW Orlando, where she was voted Most Outstanding Member in 2010. She serves on the task force for the Robert Traurig, Greenberg Traurig LL.M in Real Property Development at the University of Miami School of Law. She has earned the Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer designation, serves as a member of the ALTA Reinsurance Committee and is active in numerous state land title associations.
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