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LenderLive Acquires Compliance, QA Company

LenderLive Services, LLC (LenderLive), a mortgage services provider, has acquired reQuire Holdings, LLC (reQuire), a group of technology-enabled companies that provide compliance, quality assurance and valuation solutions for the residential and commercial real estate market. LenderLive acquired reQuire from L2 Capital Partners, a Devon, PA-based private equity family office. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Virginia Beach, reQuire offers diverse services, including lien release tracking, title search and reporting services, title curative services, due diligence, quality assurance, asset valuation and business process management (BPM) technology solutions. reQuire’s current products will complement LenderLive’s document and settlement services offerings and enable the combined companies to provide additional compliant solutions to their clients.

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“When John Surface and I joined LenderLive nine months ago, we said one of our priorities would be to use strategic acquisitions to build out the services side of our business and enhance the capabilities of the broader organization,” said Rob Clements, chairman and chief executive officer of LenderLive. “We look forward to joining forces with Al Will and his team at reQuire as we execute on our long-term growth plans.”

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“The acquisition of reQuire strengthens our current franchise and solidifies LenderLive’s position as a leading provider of financial and compliance services,” added John Surface, president and chief operating officer of LenderLive. “The transaction deepens our management team and gives us a broad set of adjacent products that significantly expand our ability to serve our clients.”

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“We are very excited to join the LenderLive family. This combination significantly enhances our scale and capabilities that will enable us to deliver even greater value to our clients and new opportunities for our employees”, said Al Will, chief executive officer of reQuire.

Evercore acted as LenderLive’s financial advisor and Ballard Spahr LLP acted as legal counsel to LenderLive in connection with the acquisition.

ATTOM Acquires Onboard Informatics

ATTOM Data Solutions has acquired Onboard Informatics, a provider of neighborhood data and data-enabled turnkey products to the real estate industry.

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“Onboard has a long and accomplished track record as an innovator in enhancing and democratizing neighborhood data assets, paralleling our own mission of powering real estate transparency,” said Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM Data Solutions. “This acquisition will benefit existing customers of both companies — and the entire marketplace — by providing complementary datasets in a one-stop data shop.”

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Onboard’s neighborhood data is being integrated into the ATTOM Data Warehouse, which blends property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties. A persistent, unique ID assigned to every property record in the ATTOM Data Warehouse — the ATTOM ID — will be used to link the new Onboard neighborhood data with all other datasets, and the combined data will be available through ATTOM’s flexible delivery solutions, including bulk file license, APIs and customized reports in a one-stop data shop.”

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“This acquisition by ATTOM will enable Onboard’s customers to conveniently access robust tax, deed and mortgage data, that, when combined with Onboard’s neighborhood data, completes the full property data picture needed to improve decision-making, increase lead generation and grow revenue,” said Marc Siden, CEO and Co-founder of Onboard Informatics.

Founded 15 years, ago, Onboard Informatics fuels sales and feeds decision-making for some of the largest U.S. brands, including Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Weichert. Its data products include area data (neighborhood, metro and residential boundaries along with school attendance zones), point of interest data (restaurants, banks, shopping and more), and community data (crime, population, education, weather and commuter times).

“Not only will our customers now be able to access a broader set of property-related data from one vendor, they’ll also have more flexible options for consuming that data through the various ATTOM data delivery solutions including the ability to consume neighborhood data as bulk files,” said Jonathan Bednarsh, president and co-founder of Onboard Informatics.

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Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.

Acquisition Furthers Automated Data Verification

QuestSoft, a provider of automated mortgage compliance software, has purchased Laguna Hills, Calif.-based IMARC, a leader in data verification and audit services to the financial services industry. The acquisition adds IMARC’s services to QuestSoft’s new Verification and Audit Services division, “QuestSoft Verifications.”

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The acquisition enables QuestSoft customers to easily conduct loan audits, as QuestSoft Verifications will now offer all of IMARC’s verification and audit services to QuestSoft’s existing 4506-T and SSA-89 capabilities. This new division brings Verification of Employment (VOE), Verification of Income (VOI), Asset and Occupancy Verifications as well as full loan audits to QuestSoft customers, eliminating the need to use time-intensive manual orders to verify all information needed to ensure loan compliance.

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“Combining IMARC’s verification and audit services with QuestSoft’s compliance software gives lenders a one-stop shop for all of their compliance needs,” said Leonard Ryan, founder and president of QuestSoft. “IMARC also brings with it a strong tradition of outstanding customer service and a dedication to providing high quality services quickly and efficiently, blending well with the QuestSoft commitment to our customers.”

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All IMARC employees transferred to QuestSoft’s corporate headquarters in Laguna Hills, California. Bob Simpson, founder of IMARC, is now serving as QuestSoft’s senior vice president and director of the Verifications Division.

“High quality products, ease of use and outstanding service are the three pillars that build strong relationships between vendors and lenders,” Simpson said. “By combining our services with QuestSoft, we have created the best resource for lenders to handle all of their mortgage compliance, verification and audit needs.”

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Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.

CRM Mainstay Acquires Point-Of-Sale Vendor

LoyaltyExpress, a provider of marketing automation and cloud-based CRM solutions for mortgage companies and banks, has acquired Lending Manager, a point-of-sale and website creator for lenders of all sizes.  The acquisition and integration of both companies’ technologies will help automate lead flow and associated marketing for all aspects of the loan process.  The combined company services 115 lenders with over 15,000 loan officers across all platforms. No sale price was disclosed.

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“The ever-increasing expectation of consumers during the lending process led us to this merger,” said Wayne Steagall, Founder of Lending Manager.  “We are thrilled to partner with LoyaltyExpress. We look forward extending our solutions backed with the power of the LoyaltyExpress creative and fulfillment teams.”

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“After extensive due diligence and market research, it became immediately apparent that Lending Manager delivers incredibly efficient and automated lead capture systems and attractive corporate and loan officer websites,” said Jeff Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of LoyaltyExpress.  “Wayne and his team have developed integrations with over 75 CRM, loan origination, lead management, and point-of-sale systems which is a growing requirement of any solution in the mortgage industry. We look forward to integrating CustomerManager with Lending Manager.”

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LoyaltyExpress simplifies CRM and marketing automation for banks and mortgage companies, including one of the top three retail lenders in the nation. Its flagship solution, CustomerManager, is an enterprise-wide, Software-as-a-Service platform that combines lead management, email and direct mail campaigns with a 360-degree view of each loan officer’s customers, partners and prospects. The MarketingCentral service delivers a web-based, sales collateral store powered by custom content creation and integrated print fulfillment. LoyaltyExpress eliminates the need to share sensitive customer data with multiple vendors and has a team of world-class marketing and branding experts with extensive experience in the mortgage industry. LoyaltyExpress is backed by New Capital Partners.

Lending Manager builds custom corporate and loan officer websites for lenders of all sizes. The Company delivers point-of-sale solutions with over 75 integrations with the leading mortgage technology providers. Lending Manager is based in Newark, Delaware.

The M&As Continue

We’ve seen big technology acquisitions when Ellie Mae bought Velocify and CoreLogic bought Mercury Network, but let’s not forget to look at the lending side of the business, as well. For example, Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”), a premier private equity firm investing in middle market growth companies, acquired a majority interest in Ten-X, LLC (the “Company” or “Ten-X”), the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace. Members of Ten-X’s senior management team, Stone Point Capital, and CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), among others, will continue to hold minority positions in the Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Irvine and Silicon Valley, California, Ten-X provides an online real estate marketplace that allows individuals and investors to buy and sell residential and commercial real estate properties using both desktop and mobile channels. By leveraging its market-leading technology platform and extensive international network of buyers, Ten-X empowers consumers, investors and real estate professionals with unprecedented levels of flexibility, control and simplicity to easily complete real estate transactions online. Since its inception, Ten-X has enabled over $50 billion of residential and commercial property sales on its platform.

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The recapitalization will ensure Ten-X has the resources it needs to build on its proven platform, pursue additional monetization opportunities, and execute on its growth objectives. The Company will retain its corporate headquarters in Irvine and Silicon Valley, and will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer Tim Morse along with other members of its senior management team.

“This investment gives us the scale and resources to accelerate our growth and further expand our platform and product offerings,” said Mr. Morse. “With the support of THL as a partner going forward, we can fully execute on our vision, build on our position as a leader in the online real estate market, and continue to provide our customers innovative products and services.”

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“We are very excited to be partnering with Ten-X, a clear market leader in the real estate industry,” said Jim Carlisle, Managing Director at THL. “We are looking forward to working closely with Tim and the talented management team at Ten-X to further enhance its leadership position and maximize this incredible growth opportunity.”

Wells Fargo Securities LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisors and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP acted as legal advisor to Ten-X. Guggenheim Securities acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to THL.

I’m sure we’ll see more deals like this before the year closes. Stay tuned …

About The Author

Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.

Fiserv To Acquire The Assets of PCLender

Fiserv has acquired the assets of PCLender, LLC, a leader in next generation enterprise internet-based mortgage software and mortgage lending technology solutions. This acquisition will enhance the Fiserv suite of mortgage origination services, which enable Fiserv clients to deliver the experience today’s consumers and mortgage lenders expect. Financial terms will not be disclosed.

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Mortgage lenders operate in an evolving marketplace in which they are challenged to deliver a more efficient lending process in tandem with a compelling borrower experience. Fiserv is working to simplify today’s lending experience for financial institutions and borrowers, delivering powerful tools to originate, process, underwrite and deliver loans in a secure, paperless environment.

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“Rapidly evolving consumer expectations require a seamless approach to banking experiences, including mortgage origination,” said Jeffery Yabuki, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiserv. “PCLender provides Fiserv with a full digital suite of mortgage origination solutions for banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders. We welcome the existing clients and talented team members to our company.”

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A complement to the existing Fiserv lending solution suite, these assets provide a set of simple, easy-to-use internet-based mortgage solutions for banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders. This fully managed, end-to-end solution simplifies origination, document collection and compliance reporting, streamlining consumer direct and retail mortgage and HELOC loan origination. The technology offers a feature-rich user experience and improved operational efficiency for mortgage lenders with existing resources. Supporting lenders of all sizes, PCLender provides solutions for lenders funding up to 5,000 loans per month.

“Joining Fiserv accelerates our ability to scale our solution, while simplifying solutions for every phase of the loan process to benefit our clients,” said Lionel Urban, Chief Executive Officer, PCLender. “We look forward to leveraging our combined expertise to deliver greater client value and an enhanced experience for their customers.”

About The Author

Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.

An Acquisition That Makes Sense

As vendors look to serve an evolving mortgage market, they have to broaden their scope of services and their reach. Good vendors are going down this road as we speak. For example, Optimal Blue has just acquired Comergence Compliance.

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Comergence is a provider of third-party oversight solutions in the mortgage industry. Founded in 2008, Comergence provides an array of third-party originator (TPO), appraiser, and social media risk management solutions that verify third-party compliance in real-time, a capability unmatched in the industry.  Comergence has been widely recognized by the industry for its innovations in due diligence automation and ongoing surveillance services. No sale price was disclosed.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Comergence to the Optimal Blue family and we are looking forward to extending their network management platform to our customers,” said Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue. “Comergence solutions help build trust and confidence among marketplace participants by verifying third-party compliance in real-time, a capability unmatched in the industry.”

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“We provide the best due diligence and ongoing surveillance services in the industry,” noted Greg Schroeder, President of Comergence. “We believe that by being part of Optimal Blue we can bring the benefits of our technology and expertise to an even larger segment of the mortgage marketplace.”

Michael Stallings, Executive Vice President of Comergence said, “Recent Comergence innovations, including an analytics tool to help account executives identify new TPO opportunities and a breakthrough solution for social media risk monitoring, strongly complement Optimal Blue’s existing product offering.”

“Optimal Blue and Comergence are well-aligned around our principal mission of facilitating transactions between buyers and sellers of loans,” added Scott Happ. “We are very pleased that Greg, Michael, and the entire Comergence team will be joining Optimal Blue as we execute our shared growth plans.”

About The Author

Tony Garritano

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 tony@progressinlending.com.

New Valuation Acquisition

Require Holdings, LLC, has completed its acquisition of Service 1st Valuation and Settlement Services, Inc.

Service 1st is a leading provider of valuation risk management services, including: desk reviews, valuation risk analysis, field reviews and market data.

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The Company will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Require Holdings, joining their portfolio of companies, which include: reQuire Real Estate Solutions, Covius Technology Solutions and Covius Real Estate Services.

Service1st will remain under the leadership of current President and CEO, Mark Oliver, who will report to Require Holdings CEO, Al Will.

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“I am absolutely thrilled about this deal,” Oliver said.

He added, “It is very rare that one company in our space can be acquired by another, where all of our services are complementary, and few redundancies. This is definitely a case where the sum of the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts.”

The Require Holdings CEO echoed Oliver’s excitement.

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“Service 1st has proven itself to be a leader in objective valuation risk management solutions, and also an invaluable resource to clients by providing extraordinary service in a complex regulatory environment,” Will said.

“Their commitment to customer satisfaction isn’t just a part of their name, but it is reflected in all that they do. We share their commitment and are pleased to have found a like-minded partner to further our growth in technology enabled real estate transaction services,” he continued.

The acquisition comes a year after Require Holdings’ acquisition of Covius.

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Mortgage Cadence Benefits From Big Acquisition

PROGRESS in Lending has learned that Accenture has extended the capabilities of its Mortgage Cadence subsidiary with the acquisition of BeesPath Inc.’s ClosingBridge platform, which facilitates simple, secure communications and file exchange for real estate finance transactions. Here’s why this acquisition is significant:

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The ClosingBridge platform will be provided under the Mortgage Cadence product suite and will be branded as Collaboration Center. In its first phase, the platform — which manages the communications between borrowers, co-borrowers, real estate agents, sellers, attorneys, lending staff, title agents and settlement agents on mortgage transactions — will be offered as a standalone product. In subsequent releases, Collaboration Center will be incorporated into Mortgage Cadence’s existing product portfolio.

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Todd Hougaard, president of BeesPath, will be joining the Mortgage Cadence team to help speed the integration and rollout of the solution and to spearhead product advancement going forward.

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“Taking an innovative approach to a long-standing challenge in mortgage — unsecure communications involving borrower data and information — BeesPath has created an elegant, all-digital solution that securely connects all parties involved in the closing process,” said Michael Detwiler, Mortgage Cadence’s chief executive officer. “ClosingBridge is another strategic addition to our forward-looking Mortgage Cadence platform.”

Founded in 2004, BeesPath provides web-based tools designed to bring all the people, workflow and information related to a loan transaction into one secure place, facilitating the efficient closing of loans by enabling easy communication, delivery, sharing and tracking of all loan details. BeesPath developed and released the ClosingBridge platform in 2015 to facilitate simple, secure communications and data exchange for real estate finance transactions.

“We are proud to welcome Todd and the Collaboration Center technology to the Mortgage Cadence product suite with near-immediate client availability,” said Trevor Gauthier, Mortgage Cadence’s president and chief operating officer. “Thanks to this exciting acquisition, our lenders will be able to provide their borrowers with the peace of mind that all collaboration regarding their transaction is being handled swiftly and securely for better compliance, efficiency and structured communication between all parties. In addition to accelerating our digital strategy, this asset acquisition puts more functionality into our clients’ hands sooner, enabling them to close loans more quickly while having the assurance that the loan communications are secure.”

Since the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule took effect in October 2015, the added time needed to ensure the borrower has its closing disclosures within three business days of closing has created new pressure for lenders, title agents, and settlement agents. The acquisition of BeesPath’s ClosingBridge platform brings an immediate solution to the Mortgage Cadence product suite to help address the need for these parties to securely communicate, share documents and transfer data.

“Collaboration Center is highly complementary with Mortgage Cadence’s successful loan origination technology suite, and Mortgage Cadence is the company best positioned to get this into the hands of lenders and title agents, who will benefit tremendously from this solution,” Hougaard said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this talented team and help drive this user-friendly and secure solution forward.”

Mercury Network Announces Another Big Acquisition

After recently acquiring Platinum Data Solutions, Mercury Network continues to complete strategic acquisitions. Now, Mercury Network, the valuation technology company used by more than 800 lenders and Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs), announced it has acquired Appraisal Scope, Inc., a fast-growing provider of valuation management software. Here’s what this acquisition means for the mortgage industry:

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“The nation’s housing economy depends on efficient, accurate valuation operations,” said Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network. “The acquisition of Appraisal Scope, combined with our expanded investments in R&D, allows us to offer lenders and AMCs of all sizes the most innovative collateral valuation tools from a single provider.”

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Jennifer Miller, President of Mercury Network, added, “With this acquisition the combined companies now have more than 45 staff members dedicated to product development and IT. Both platforms, Mercury Network and Appraisal Scope, will continue to be offered, and we plan to continue our investment into both.”

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“We feel great alignment with Mercury’s culture and mission,” said Jordan Rothstein, Founder of Appraisal Scope. “The combination of the two companies will allow Appraisal Scope customers to benefit from Mercury’s greater scale and infrastructure. We will thrive and continue to grow and innovate as part of Mercury.”

No sale price was disclosed. Appraisal Scope, Inc. is a leading provider of valuation management software for appraisers, BPO providers, AMCs and mortgage lenders. The company’s technology is integrated with more than 40 industry vendors and offers a single destination for AMCs and lenders, no matter how complex their valuation management needs. Appraisal Scope, Inc. is based in Baltimore, and was founded in 2011.

Mercury Network now serves almost 1,000 lenders and AMCs with six core valuation technology solutions, including the two leading appraisal management platforms, as well as Add-on modules for commercial appraisal, appraisal quality control, alternative valuations, and additional closing services such as flood certificates and income verification.