Tips for Identifying a Phishing Email

Phishing emails are more frequent than ever, so it’s important that we stay diligent when reviewing and monitoring our inboxes. Our team recently completed a webinar dedicated to educating participants about privacy and security. Below are some tips we found most helpful when identifying a phishing email. 

  •  Not personalized. For example: The introduction will read “Dear Customer”
  • Poor grammar, overuse of capitalization and spelling errors.
  • From a nondescript or incorrect email address.
  • Reply-To address is different than sender’s address.
  • Asks for account information.
  • Contains threats and commands,
  • No direct contact information given.
  • Before clicking a link, hover over it to confirm that you are being directed to the site displayed.

Title Tidbits: Reviewing Your Title Commitment

Below are some tips from ARS’ Underwriting Counsel/Title Manager, Kevin Weaver.

  • Always be sure to read your title commitment and Title Commitment Review Sheet. This will help identify the exceptions and requirements that may need to be fulfilled in order to meet your closing date.
  • Keep the borrower up to date on any additional documents that may be needed. For example; If  your transaction is utilizing a POA, it would be beneficial to send to your Settlement Team in advance. This will ensure that the document is in fact an original and can record at closing. Should an original death cert be required, be sure you obtain in advance as often times the vital records need to be ordered and this could delay your closing.
  • Your settlement team is ready and available, so be sure that you keep them updated on status. This will help the file close smoothly and quickly with the best experience for the borrower.

Happy Earth Day: What can you do to make a difference?

Making a difference doesn’t require you to change every aspect of your life, every act makes a positive change in our environment. One way to help our planet is by reducing your waste and limiting the use of single-use plastic.

Below are four products to kick start your efforts:

  1. Invest in a reusable straw. Click here to view straw options for every lifestyle.
  2. Switch to reusable silicon storage bags. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe options!
  3. Use beeswax food wrap instead of plastic wrap. Click here to learn about the pros and cons of beeswax food wraps.
  4. Purchase mesh or cotton produce bags to use while you are grocery shopping.

Click here to visit 4Ocean, an organization dedicated to ocean cleanup across the world. 4Ocean is currently working on a cleanup project in Haiti where they strive to pull 3000 pounds of plastic and trash from the ocean and coastlines each day. Support the cause by purchasing one of their bracelets. Each bracelet is made from recycled glass and plastic gathered during their cleanup projects. Every bracelet purchase funds the cleanup of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.


Recap: NRMLA Western Regional Meeting

Another successful experience at NRMLA’s Western Regional Meeting! The Sales In Today’s World roundtable discussion was definitely a highlight and informative. Seasoned loan originators and managerial staff shared their goals for 2019 and how they are obtaining success in today’s marketplace.

Craig Barnes, lead trainer at Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, launched a new course that shares the best practices to help you convert more leads to closed loans called If You’re Talking Too Much, You’re Losing. 

Email if you would like to hear more about what was covered at this great event.