*Are You Happy With Your LOS?*
**By Tony Garritano**
***As the mortgage industry and economy begin to recover, lenders are increasingly reevaluating their technology options. According to a QuestSoft survey of 461 lenders nationwide, 18.7 percent of mortgage lenders are considering changing their loan origination software (LOS) in the next 12 months. This is the highest percentage looking to switch in the six years QuestSoft has been conducting its annual survey. Here’s the scoop:
****When QuestSoft, a leading provider of mortgage compliance software, began conducting their annual compliance and technology survey in 2008, the number of lenders considering replacing their LOS remained consistently around ten percent each year (22 of 207 lenders in the survey’s first year). However, last year, the percentage of lenders jumped to 17.75 percent, with a new high of 18.7 percent looking to change this year.
****“One of the factors in seeing more LOS changes is the reduced expense of implementation and conversion offered by hosted software companies,” said Leonard Ryan, president and founder of QuestSoft. “Another factor may be the result of acquisitions. As LOS vendors have merged, acquired customers may be using the change as an opportunity to evaluate their platforms.”
****Ryan added that many lenders also said they place a high priority on LOS providers that have comprehensive compliance functionality. QuestSoft currently integrates with more than 40 leading LOS platforms, and the LOS systems integrated with QuestSoft’s flagship product, Compliance EAGLE, are able to provide a simple interface that automates the evaluation of a loan file against a suite of more than 300 federal and state compliance regulations representing more than 10,000 pages of standards.
Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.