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As anyone who has hailed a cab, booked an airline ticket or purchased goods online can attest, technology has the ability to transform established industries, seemingly overnight. Yet other industries appear immune to the impact of technology, with customer experiences that appear frozen in time.

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Heading this dubious short list would be the healthcare and mortgage industries, which bear interesting similarities. Both represent a significant share of the economy, impact a majority of the population and feature a customer experience that is ripe for change. So why isn’t it happening more quickly?

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Some would point to the complexity of each industry’s “delivery system.” In the case of healthcare, coordinating the activities of employers, government agencies, insurers, providers and life science companies, each with their own processes, is clearly challenging. In reality, it is likely the approach to change that is to blame for the slow pace of innovation. In each industry, early efforts to “reinvent the wheel” typically involved a single player seeking to develop and deliver a revised end-to-end process, with technology a key enabler. Unfortunately, these early efforts ultimately collapsed under their own weight, given the required cross-industry expertise and investment.

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This end-to-end approach was quickly followed by the emergence of specialized point solutions, each aimed at a specific component of the industry value chain. In healthcare, this took the form of patient engagement apps and in mortgage, the borrower mortgage application experience. While promising on their own merits, addressing only one component of the issue does not solve the larger problem. It still takes an average 40+ days to close a mortgage.

Fortunately, a “third way” has emerged.

In healthcare, firms such as Change Healthcare are integrating their own best-in-class point solutions, such as secure transaction processing, with those of their partners to create a seamless, end-to-end process and a superior customer experience. Within the mortgage space, Capsilon is adopting a similar approach, investing to integrate best-in-class partner solutions, such as Optimal Blue’s pipeline and rate lock management APIs, with its own. Here the integration of Optimal Blue’s rich feature set with Capsilon’s loan officer portal enables loan officers to perform more of their day-to-day tasks within the intuitive and user-friendly Capsilon platform. The net effect? Loan officers are able to run real-time pricing and loan scenarios, and can instantly lock rates, making it possible to complete an application and issue a pre-approval in half the time, delighting borrowers and real estate agents alike.

The “moral of the story?”

Those who are willing to collaborate with and leverage the expertise of partners, while investing the time and effort necessary to create a seamless, integrated solution, will be successful. Like-minded technology leaders will ultimately provide tremendous value to the borrower and drive the mortgage industry forward.

In such a collaborative environment, we all win.

About The Author

Sanjeev Malaney

With more than 17 years as Capsilon’s Founder and CEO, Sanjeev Malaney has proven himself as a visionary, a pioneer and a leader when it comes to the quest for bringing to market the true end-to-end digital mortgage. Capsilon has transformed the traditional mortgage process, enabling enterprise lenders to deliver a better borrower experience, help loan officers close loans up to five times faster and lower overall production costs by as much as 50%, by reducing massive staffing expenses that lenders ultimately have to pass on to the borrower.

Vendor Expands Its Digital Platform

Capsilon has expanded its digital mortgage platform through the addition of big data capabilities and a new set of smart tools designed to improve back office workflows and accelerate loan production. With this new data audit functionality, Capsilon can reduce manual data entry and speed up data auditing across the loan process. Here’s how:

The company claims that this new functionality enables companies to automate up to 80% of manual processing. In addition, Steve Viarengo has joined Capsilon as Senior Vice President, Product Management. With more than 20 years’ experience, Viarengo brings to Capsilon a deep expertise in building enterprise software solutions that not only scale, but also drive significant process innovation. Viarengo was most recently Vice President Product Management at Oracle HCM Cloud.

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“Capsilon has made an extensive investment in building its digital mortgage platform, which enables the development of new tools that use deep learning technologies and automated workflows. This is the first in a series of product rollouts intended to leverage Capsilon’s proprietary intelligent process automation capabilities, and I look forward to driving the next generation of tools that transform how mortgages are delivered,” says Steve Viarengo, SVP of Product at Capsilon.

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Capsilon seamlessly integrates all stakeholder workflows, from the borrower to loan officer and underwriter, to third party originators and servicers, to deliver cost and time-saving improvements. For every mortgage, Capsilon collects data from direct sources and documents. Its patented data recognition and extraction software distils this data into accessible, user-friendly information. That, combined with Capsilon’s proprietary rules engine and intelligent datasets, powers its back office workstations so that each stakeholder can make smarter, faster decisions, at the right point in the process. With the new data audit capability, the platform can dramatically reduce manual processes across functions.

“By automating manual workflows and acting as a data clearinghouse, Capsilon ensures the best data goes into our loan origination system,” says Kevin Peranio, Chief Lending Officer at Paramount Residential Mortgage Group (PRMG). “This maximizes our investment in our existing infrastructure, improves the efficiency of our LOS and accelerates our loan production.”

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“We’ve been working towards this level of process improvement since we launched Capsilon more than fourteen years ago,” says Sanjeev Malaney, Capsilon’s Founder and CEO. “We began by solving the problem of document management, which gave us a unique understanding of the complexity of data and how that information can be used to make mortgage decisions. It is this knowledge that has laid the foundation for this next evolution of productivity built on our digital mortgage platform. We now have the complete architecture to power a more streamlined way to deliver a mortgage, and it doesn’t stop here.”

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.

And The 2018 Winners Are …

Prominent mortgage executives gathered to see who the Executive Team of PROGRESS in Lending named the top industry innovations of the past year at the Eighth Annual Innovations Awards Event. This honor is the Gold Seal when it comes to recognizing true industry innovation. All applications were scored on a weighted scale. We looked for the innovation’s overall industry significance, the originality of the innovation, the positive change the innovation made possible, the intangible efficiencies gained as a result of the innovation, and the hard cost and time savings that the innovation enables industry participants to achieve. The top innovations winners are:

Lodasoft

PROGRESS in Lending has named Lodasoft a top industry innovation. To address the CFPB requirements of improving the borrower experience, the first big wave of innovation has come out of Silicon Valley. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the consumer facing aspect of the borrower application. The term “digital mortgage” has been coined and a flood of shinny new mortgage websites and apps have been created to deliver borrowers an Amazon type borrower experience. However, the majority of dollars invested, have focused almost solely on the online application for borrowers. The problem is that mortgage lending is significantly more complicated than just a shinny new app. The right digital mortgage platform helps to drastically reduce the chaos in daily lending processes while improving communication to help lenders close more loans faster. Therefore, in 2017 Lodasoft introduced its truly innovative “Digital Mortgage Platform” featuring Intelligent Loan Manufacturing to address these industry challenges head on.

Capsilon

PROGRESS in Lending has named Capsilon a top industry innovation. A truly innovative mortgage process means more than borrower-friendly loan selection and document submission, it is an end-to-end solution that keeps all stakeholders in the loop throughout the process. In 2017, Capsilon introduced Point of Sale Portals (POS), enabling the creation and delivery of quality loan packages that streamline every process step from application to closing. Capsilon’s POS Portals are powered by Intelligent Process Automation to supercharge loan production from intake to delivery of complete and compliant loan packages. This is an industry first, dramatically improving loan quality and speed, while drastically reducing production costs. Lenders are pressed to meet the challenges of production, compliance and profitability, as well as soaring borrower expectations. Instead of simply streamlining the traditional loan process, in 2017, Capsilon launched Point of Sale Portals that are fully integrated with its patented back-end technology to deliver on the promise of a true digital mortgage.

WebMax

PROGRESS in Lending has named WebMax a top industry innovation. According to Inc. Magazine, Millennials make up 66% of first-time homebuyers and 66% of them plan to buy a home in the next 5 years. Moreover, the same report found that Millennials associate home ownership with the American Dream more than any other generational demographic. The October 2017 composite forecast of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association for 2017 mortgage origination volume is approximately $1.8 trillion. If Millennials compose 50% of this mortgage volume, and two-thirds of them apply online via digital applications, that represents $600 billion in digital mortgage origination. This number is massive. Better yet, it’s conservative. Millennials expect mobile-responsive mortgage lending sites and applications with a responsive layout from their potential lender. They want their mortgage application to be as easy as buying a t-shirt from an online retailer. Therefore, WebMax developed its innovative point-of-sale solution in 2017, called START, to not only meet the demands of borrowers, but to exceed their expectations and revolutionize the entire process. With START, WebMax provides a single location for the loan to exist for both the borrower and loan officer. There’s no shifting documents back and forth or waiting for verifications. START’s integrations to mission-critical third parties allows for the technology to do the work, streamlining workflows, reducing costs, and minimizing frustration.

Paradatec

PROGRESS in Lending has named Paradatec a top industry innovation. Other OCR solutions typically expect relevant data points to consistently appear in the same locations (or ‘zones’) on a document. If the data shifts due to changes in layout (again, think of bank statements), the zone-based approach will fail unless another layout template is created, making for a greater administrative burden with these solutions. A high volume, scalable OCR automation initiative requires the flexibility of Paradatec’s Advanced Mortgage OCR solution to process an unlimited number of document layouts without needing to develop specific templates for each layout variation. This capability is unique to Paradatec and a vital feature for creating an effective unstructured document classification and data capture solution. Paradatec’s Advanced Mortgage OCR solution is designed to make mortgage lending faster and more accurate. In 2017, Paradatec’s Mortgage OCR solution processed over 1,500,000,000 images (representing over 2,500,000 loans), helping lenders and servicers streamline their onboarding and compliance obligations.

Asurity Technologies

PROGRESS in Lending has named Asurity Technologies a top industry innovation. In 2017, MRGDocs was acquired by Asurity Technologies and introduced MRGDocs’ cloud-based platform which revolutionized the security of its dynamic document generation software featuring a secure system infrastructure to increase the protection of consumer data and deliver safer, faster, and more user-friendly systems while maintaining the content and support quality that has long been the hallmark of MRGDocs’ services and document packages. This solves for several mortgage industry challenges: the costs to secure big data, protecting the myriad of personal identification information collected, and managing compliance through a hyper secure platform. In 2017, MRGDocs built a comprehensive data security capability on a robust foundation that allows for the type of growth and expansion needed to serve even the largest of financial institutions, implementing a hyper-converged, virtual server platform with 24/7 SIEM-managed security monitoring.

STRATMOR Group

PROGRESS in Lending has named STRATMOR Group a top industry innovation. MortgageSAT is an online customer satisfaction measurement program that allows consumers to provide direct feedback on their satisfaction with the mortgage process, and provides lenders actionable insights from the results, all available via an online portal. Put simply, it’s Business Intelligence based on consumer insights. Why did STRATMOR create MortgageSAT? For many years, mortgage lenders have struggled to capture actionable feedback from borrowers by means of post-closing email or closing-table-completed surveys. By means of its powerful borrower satisfaction management tool called MortgageSAT, developed in partnership with the CFI Group, STRATMOR has led the way to fundamental change the way lenders manage and apply borrower feedback. MortgageSAT is the first and only borrower satisfaction monitoring tool to score satisfaction at all levels of the organization as regards retail, consumer direct and broker production. As a consequence, many MortgageSAT clients tie their employee reviews and, in some cases, compensation both to these scores and a review of borrower comments. When everyone’s performance review includes a measure of their contribution to borrower satisfaction, a borrower-centric culture is fostered that is aligned with the emerging competitive paradigm of “optimizing the borrower experience.”

Maxwell

PROGRESS in Lending has named Maxwell at top industry innovation. No matter how digital the process, every mortgage is saddled with documents and data, over 500 pages, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. As a result, an average of 20 days during the mortgage process is consumed by the search, preparation and review of those documents. Maxwell, the leading digital mortgage solution for small and midsize lenders, removes this friction with its platform. Sitting as the digital interface between the lender and their borrowers, Maxwell manages collaboration through the loan process, significantly reducing cycle times and driving delight. Originating teams on Maxwell are able to focus on what they do best, advising and coaching clients through the largest transaction of their lives, while Maxwell’s technology handles the rest. As one head of production attested, “Maxwell allows us to focus on what we love: working with real people. While loans get done faster and my team is happier.”

PromonTech

PROGRESS in Lending has named PromonTech a top industry innovation. The Borrower Wallet is the first offering from Promontory MortgagePath’s technology arm. From a lender’s perspective, the Borrower Wallet captures leads and fosters borrower/lender collaboration to drive enterprise efficiency and improve loan pull-through. In addition, its built-in collaboration tools deliver high-quality data and documents needed to feed and accelerate the downstream underwriting process. As a white-label offering, the Borrower Wallet makes the latest technology accessible and affordable to mid-size and smaller lenders, enabling them to compete with mega lenders. PromonTech’s culture of mutual respect between “techies” and mortgage industry experts made it possible to create a mass-market POS where both consumer and lender needs are equally important. The Borrower Wallet is not the first digital POS, but it’s the first to engage consumers while anticipating lender needs in such a balanced way. It combines creative design, industry analysis and data governance to create a unique user experience.

MCTlive!

PROGRESS in Lending has named MCTlive! a top industry innovation. Over the past year, MCTlive! developed a major mortgage technology advancement with the addition of what the company branded its “Bulk Acquisition Manager” (BAM) solution, which is accessible via MCTlive! BAM is a Digital Loan Trading solution. BAM completely automates the process of packaging and transferring bulk loan bids, which benefits investors, lenders and MCT’s team of in-house mortgage loan traders. The result is a much quicker pricing process for bulk bid tapes, greater data security, better communication between counterparties, increased transparency for all parties, process consistency for investors within their existing platform, and centralization of data. BAM helps facilitate digitize loan trading on the secondary market. The effectiveness of the BAM technology has already gained 100% adoption by the ENTIRE investor community on the secondary market — across the board. And the level of transparency it offers between buyer and seller is hugely attractive and makes investors and lenders feel at ease.

Ellie Mae

PROGRESS in Lending has named the Ellie Mae Encompass NG Lending platform a top industry innovation. The Encompass NG Lending Platform allows lenders, service providers, and independent software vendors the ability to build custom applications in the cloud, integrate external systems and data, and extend Encompass in order to meet any and all industry challenges. Mortgage lenders and mortgage service providers can build, integrate, or customize solutions, and get them to their customers and market quickly. Lenders, partners, and third-party providers gain access to data and systems across the mortgage ecosystem. In the end, all participants can easily view and share loan date, sales pipeline, loan events, documents, and order services. A shared system of record allows all parties in the loan process to see the same up-to-to-date information in the same format. Everyone in the ecosystem can easily share, interact, and collaborate without having to create and support new channels.

 

 

Technology Can Be The Magic That Makes Loan Officers Shine

Will 2019 be the year technology replaces the loan officer? While this is the hot topic of conversation and the burning desire of venture capitalists, most realists have a different view, and I certainly don’t see a world where loan officers are going away anytime soon. While many homebuyers have quickly adopted tech to start the loan process, our research has shown most people still want guidance from a finance professional they can trust. Today’s borrowers want the accuracy, speed, and ease of use that they have come to expect from the always on and instant gratification that technology has enabled in their everyday lives, but they want it in tandem with advice from their chosen expert. As a result, today’s digitally inclined borrower is forcing lenders to re-think the front and backend tools they use to fund loans. With 99% of borrowers still relying on a loan officer to help close their loan, lenders who make it easier for loan officers to deliver on their borrowers’ expectations will win more volume.

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The loan officer is like an air-traffic controller, juggling the needs of many stakeholders while guiding the borrower towards a successful landing, the loan funding. They are under tight schedules, have to effectively communicate with stakeholders at the right times, are accountable for the accuracy of information and most importantly – everyone is relying on them to ensure the airplane makes it safely to the gate. When they succeed, everyone is happy — the buyer gets their home loan and everyone gets paid! To help loan officers, lenders need to provide the tools to make their jobs easier.

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The best technologies for loan officers will integrate well with other systems to digitally take the process from application to close. Lenders should look for web-based solutions that not only simplify the loan application, submission and closing process but also balance ease of use with compliance and security. Right from the start, the best solutions will give instant pricing, enabling faster lead response, and automatically issue the loan estimate (LE) so compliance is not delayed. Look for integrated systems that utilize machine learning and intelligence process automation to do the heavy lifting and reduce manual data entry and analysis. Loan officers that leverage technology have realized that they can build a better brand and see higher repeat and referral business.

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It is important that loan officers realize that technology is not replacing what they do, it is enhancing what they do to deliver a better and faster borrower experience.  Think of it as the magic that happens behind the scenes so that the star can shine!

About The Author

Sanjeev Malaney

With more than 17 years as Capsilon’s Founder and CEO, Sanjeev Malaney has proven himself as a visionary, a pioneer and a leader when it comes to the quest for bringing to market the true end-to-end digital mortgage. Capsilon has transformed the traditional mortgage process, enabling enterprise lenders to deliver a better borrower experience, help loan officers close loans up to five times faster and lower overall production costs by as much as 50%, by reducing massive staffing expenses that lenders ultimately have to pass on to the borrower.

Assembling Your Symphonic “Dream” Team

I know that when lenders think about Capsilon, they think of it as a digital document management company. Little do many know that over the last several years, Capsilon has been stealthy developing a streamlined series of product solutions that together will deliver an end-to-end digital mortgage. With the shifting of its product offering from a single solution to a comprehensive service, the company has evolved to a point where a new approach was needed to take it to the next level.

Less than a year ago, I joined Capsilon as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, I was charged with fundamentally transforming the business to accelerate growth, expand lending partnerships and further tech innovation. While I have over twenty years of experience in a variety of roles leading enterprise SaaS companies and was most recently a General Manager at Oracle, I realized, as much as I was ready to roll up my sleeves and dive in, I couldn’t do this job on my own. I needed a “dream” team, and fast.

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Building a leadership team is a little bit like staffing a symphony. For the orchestra to perform optimally, each performer needs to be in sync with the music, the conductor and each other.  One instrumental section cannot be more dominant or take attention away from another and each musician needs to practice on their own time so that when they come together they can create beautiful music. Often musicians have been playing together for years, so they are comfortable with each other. The conductor leads the musicians by keeping time to the music and guiding the transitions, but this can only happen if the conductor trusts musicians to do their job, so that they can do theirs. Too much focus on one section, the “more cowbell” Saturday Night Live sketch with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken comes to mind, and the beautiful music of a symphony turns into a cacophony.

With a focus on scale and growth, our symphony needed to evolve. In 2001, long before the emergence of any FinTech startups, founder and CEO Sanjeev Malaney had the vision to build a company that would leverage technology to automate and streamline the traditional error-prone, time consuming, and outdated mortgage process. A pioneer in the industry, he focused his energies on developing single solution products with the goal that they would one day work together to deliver a comprehensive solution. The company’s digital mortgage platform is built around Sanjeev’s patented technologies for automated document recognition and data extraction, which has helped make the concept of a paperless mortgage a reality. As a result, Capsilon was first-to-market with an end-to-end digital mortgage solution that helps lenders save time and money and delivers a better experience for loan officers, correspondent lenders and borrowers, yet few know about it. And while Capsilon’s customers are thrilled with the ability to close loans faster and radically reduce labor costs, the makeup of Capsilon’s existing customer base of the mortgage industry’s most innovative companies, including three of the 10 largest residential mortgage lenders in the United States, makes it imperative that Capsilon’s product technology continue to innovate and scale.

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Bringing to market a truly innovative mortgage process that improves both the borrower and loan officer experience from application to closing is a complicated undertaking that requires expertise in a range of disciplines. To optimally build a stellar leadership team, I focused on balancing the expertise and unique strengths of each stakeholder.  I looked to hire experts in their fields who I had a history with and who were comfortable not just innovating an industry, but were looking to disrupt it.

To help drive Capsilon’s go-to-market engine, we tapped Ginger Wilcox as SVP of Marketing, and Mark Gordon as SVP of Sales. Ginger, a startup veteran and recognized leader in the mortgage, real estate and technology industries, is responsible for leading marketing, brand positioning and growth for all Capsilon products. Most recently, Ginger was part of the team that launched digital mortgage startup, Sindeo, serving as CMO and Chief Industry Officer, and prior to that she was at Trulia. In addition to deep industry expertise, Ginger has solved some really tough problems for top-performing mortgage, real estate and software companies. She was an early adopter of technology and uses it to drive growth in unconventional ways. Capsilon will benefit from her deep understanding of the borrower journey and the pain points that impact the mortgage process combined with her cutting-edge approach to marketing and growth. And, of course it helps that she is one of the most-connected people in the housing industry, which enables us to think about partnerships in entirely new ways.

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With more than twenty-five years of experience as an enterprise technology sales leader primarily focused on enterprise SaaS solutions, Mark is responsible for managing and developing the sales organization. Prior to joining Capsilon, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Success at iTradeNetwork, where he led sales of enterprise-level SaaS solutions for trading networks and business intelligence. Since joining, Mark has already impacted Capsilon’s bottom line by changing how the sale team interacts with prospective customers, evolving from a product feature focus to a customer-centric mindset and providing the solutions lenders and services need to modernize their mortgage production and servicing operations. As a result, the sales team doubled bookings in less than six months, which we attribute to adding a great coach to an already strong offering and team. Bringing Ginger and Mark together has given us the opportunity to elevate our go-to-market strategy and tell our story in a different way.

When it came to product and engineering, I had a different challenge. I wanted people that Sanjeev could also trust to manage these departments and also help Capsilon continue its transition from a single solution to a complex, multi-layered product suite that could scale to meet the needs of the biggest lenders. Steve Viarengo, SVP Products, and Dimitri Daveynis, SVP Engineering were the perfect combination to lead this effort.

It’s always nice to be able bring the band back together and recruit people you’ve had great experiences working with in the past. I’ve known Steve for 19 years and worked with him for eight years. Early in our careers, we worked together at CommerceOne and later, I had the opportunity to work with Steve at Oracle in his role as VP of Product Management for Oracle’s HCM Cloud. Steve brings deep expertise driving product development and building enterprise software solutions that not only scale, but also delight users. And because we have worked together for so long, we immediately started off hitting the “right notes.” Steve is now responsible for all of Capsilon’s critical product functions.

We had the same challenges with engineering as we did with product. Sanjeev wanted to find someone that could continue to innovate the product and scale the infrastructure, and fortunately, we have found that in Dmitri. Not only does Dmitri have more than two decades of software engineering and technology operations leadership in high-growth SaaS environments, he has the personality and “good guy” traits that Sanjeev can truly trust. Dimitri is responsible for Capsilon’s global engineering team tasked with delivering innovative solutions that accelerate production for large mortgage companies. Prior to joining Capsilon, Dmitri served as Senior Vice president of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer at Quantros, a leading healthcare technology company focused on improving healthcare quality and safety performance. While there, Dmitri built a high quality, scalable and secure platform serving more than 2,000 healthcare facilities and 7,000 retail pharmacies. With this background, Dimitri is well qualified to build a solution that benefits large scale lenders.

As you can see by my highlighting each individual’s background and expertise, a symphonic “dream” team marries a wide range of skills, perspectives, disciplines and expertise. While each has their own sphere of influence, they all must have the right personalities and willingness to work together as a team. I am happy to say, nearly a year later, that driving Capsilon’s innovation is a seasoned and successful management team with significant mortgage, SaaS and FinTech industry expertise, including top executives from Oracle, IBM, iTradeNetwork, Quantros, Sindeo and Trulia. These accomplished leaders, with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences to guide them, are infusing Capsilon with fresh ideas and new approaches to old problems.  I am energized by their willingness to take risks and work together to realize their shared passion of delivering the true end-to-end digital mortgage.

About The Author

Jim Obsitnik

Jim Obsitnik is Capsilon’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for all business operations including sales, marketing, product operations, support and services. With over twenty years of experience in a variety of roles for leading enterprise SaaS companies, Jim joins Capsilon most recently from Oracle, where he served as General Manager for two of Oracle’s cloud-based talent management businesses in its growing cloud-based Human Capital Management division.

Capsilon

Capsilon builds enterprise technology that transforms the speed and economics of the mortgage production process. The cloud-based Capsilon Digital Mortgage Platform, which includes the Capsilon Point of Sale (POS) Portals, enables lenders to boost loan velocity and quality while driving down production costs. Only Capsilon leverages Intelligent Process Automation to transform the mortgage production process into a modern digital mortgage factory that provides innovative lenders with a disruptive competitive advantage. To learn more about Capsilon solutions, visit http://go.capsilon.com/pil

New Digital Platform Emerges

Capsilon, a provider of cloud-based digital mortgage solutions for mortgage companies, today unveiled its vision for the future of mortgage production and servicing with the announcement of the Capsilon Digital Mortgage Platform, powered by Intelligent Process Automation.

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Nearly a decade of regulatory changes has dramatically increased the cost of mortgage production and buy-back risk, while squeezing margins from origination to sevicing. And, today’s consumer increasingly expects the mortgage process to mirror other frictionless transactions they conduct online. These industry dynamics have forced originators, loan purchasers and servicers to reevaluate their operations to reduce production costs, ensure data integrity, and provide consumers with a user experience that rivals other highly rated online transactional experiences.

Capsilon’s vision for the modern digital mortgage factory defines a new standard for an end-to-end digital experience that goes beyond just an online application to offer a data-driven digital process that streamlines the mortgage production and servicing process through artificial intelligence-driven automation. The Capsilon Point of Sale (POS) Portals, also announced today in a separate news release, are seamlessly integrated entry points to the digital mortgage factory. By integrating POS portals with the digital mortgage factory, lenders are able to elevate the customer experience throughout the entire mortgage process with increased production velocity and improved collaboration.

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The new Capsilon Digital Mortgage Platform doesn’t replace a loan origination system (LOS). Rather, it integrates with leading LOS’s and uses Intelligent Process Automation to automatically complete key steps throughout the mortgage production process, from the initial loan application to delivery to investors. Unlike Robotic Process Automation, which uses computer programs to mimic simple manual tasks, such as data entry, Intelligent Process Automation uses contextual artificial intelligence to understand which documents, data and rules are required to accomplish key tasks at every step of the mortgage production process, and automatically completes these steps. Human intervention is required only for items that fall outside of established parameters.

“UWM shares Capsilon’s vision of how the mortgage industry needs to transform,” said Mat Ishbia, President and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage. “We’ve partnered with Capsilon for years and think their technology has been key to helping UWM become the #1 wholesale lender in America.

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“The Capsilon Digital Mortgage Platform transforms the speed, user experience, and economics of the mortgage process,” said Sanjeev Malaney, CEO of Capsilon. “By leveraging the power of the cloud and intelligent process automation, the platform automates existing mortgage production and servicing processes into a modern digital factory that offers a true end-to-end digital process that delights consumers and gives mortgage companies a disruptive economic advantage.”

Built with a rich API set, the Capsilon Digital Mortgage Platform is an open platform with a strong, and growing, ecosystem of integrated complementary technology solutions that enable lenders to build the digital mortgage factory that meets their business goals.

Smart Lending Strategies

Eric Kujala, Enterprise Sales Manager at Capsilon Corporation, which provides comprehensive cloud-based document and data management solutions for the mortgage industry, recently joined the PROGRESS in Lending Association Executive Team. He is a real visionary individual with strong feelings about how the industry can and should improve going forward. Capsilon did a recent study that found that 70 percent of mortgage lenders report that they expect total loan product costs to continue to rise in 2017. So, how do lenders embrace smart automation to stop this trend? Here’s what Eric told us:

Q: How did you get started in the mortgage industry?

ERIC KUJALA: I joined Flagstar Bank as a loan officer in 2002 and became a VP of the Direct Lending branch soon afterwards. We took our branch paperless in 2005 using shared drives, and that was my first experience implementing technology to improve the loan production process. Flagstar then adopted the DocVelocity document and data management platform to speed loan production, and in 2008 I was asked to drive implementations of DocVelocity at our wholesale lender customers. I loved introducing DocVelocity to Flagstar’s wholesale lenders because I’d already experienced first-hand how the technology optimized our workflow at my branch, and knew how thrilled our wholesale lenders would be. With DocVelocity, our average days to close fell from 33 days to 17 days.

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In 2013 I joined Capsilon Corporation, the makers of DocVelocity, as one of its first enterprise sales executives because I really believed in the technology and knew it could solve many of the problems the mortgage industry faces in regards to optimizing loan production while ensuring quality. Since then, I’ve been helping large mortgage companies speed loan production, improve the overall quality of loans, and reduce loan production costs with Capsilon solutions. And, 10 years later, I’m happy to report that Flagstar Bank is still a Capsilon customer! I’m especially proud that our earliest customers still rely on our products today.

Q: You mentioned loan quality a couple times. The industry has been discussing loan quality for years. Is this still an issue?

ERIC KUJALA: You’re right. Most lenders have been focusing on loan quality for years, but few have examined their entire operations to understand how they can improve data integrity. Despite the availability of technology solutions that can greatly increase a lender’s ability to ensure the integrity of the data used to make underwriting or purchase decisions, many lenders have been reluctant to take advantage of this technology. Instead, they rely on humans to “stare and compare” across documents to verifying loan information for accuracy and completeness. This reliance on labor is time-consuming, costly, and error-prone. Lenders who rely on this approach are plagued with inaccurate, inconsistent, or incomplete data that increases compliance risk. Many lenders then throw more labor at the problem.

The approach is changing because lenders now realize that the only way to ensure loan quality and achieve compliance in a cost-effective way is by leveraging technology. I’m now seeing lenders, including most of my customers, moving quality control to the front of the loan process by leveraging technology that extracts loan data from the appropriate documents as they come in, and using this extracted data for automated review and analysis of the loan file as soon as possible.

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Data extraction technology makes it easy to compare data in the system with data on the original documents, and spot anything that requires additional validation early in the process. I believe this trend of using technology to ensure data integrity is positive for the entire mortgage industry because technology can help lenders improve the consistency and quality of loan information throughout the lifecycle of a loan, while reducing the cost of validating loan data.

Q: What is the “hot topic” that’s top-of-mind with lenders today?

ERIC KUJALA: Once lenders had time to adjust to the new way of doing business under TRID, and began to see the negative effect that lengthening close times had on borrower satisfaction, industry conversation shifted to the customer experience. I think this conversation really began to take off with Quicken Loans’ introduction of Rocket Mortgage in late 2015, and it was amplified along with Quicken Loans’ seemingly ubiquitous Rocket Mortgage marketing campaign beginning with their 2016 Super Bowl ad. Rocket Mortgage became the catalyst that forced lenders to evaluate their digital strategies, and the hot topic of conversation shifted from regulation to the innovative technologies required to enable a digital mortgage experience.

Today, automating the borrower application experience and/or the closing process are central to the digital mortgage definition. But what I hear from many of my customers is that this definition is much too narrow. My customers think the definition needs to be expanded to include the automation of steps throughout the entire mortgage manufacturing process, from loan setup to underwriting to post-close audit. Automating these production steps will accelerate origination and contribute to the exceptional customer experience borrowers have come to expect from technology-enabled financial transactions. What good is a great front-end experience if the experience with the rest of the process falls short?

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We conducted a survey at last year’s Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Convention and Expo that probed this very topic. The results of the survey, which polled more than 100 executives from leading mortgage companies, indicate that lenders are already expanding the definition of the digital mortgage to include key “back-end” steps in the mortgage manufacturing process.

In that survey, the lenders were asked if automating the consumer experience during the application process or automating key steps in the loan production process is most important to their companies. 45 percent of the respondents stated that automating key steps in their company’s loan production process is most important, 37 percent stated that automating both the consumer experience and their loan production processes are equally important, and only 15 percent stated that automating the consumer experience during the application process is most important.

Those results tell me that the industry realizes that in order to accelerate loan origination while delivering an exceptional customer experience, key steps throughout the entire loan manufacturing process must be automated, not just the application step.

Q: Where do you see mortgage technology headed?

ERIC KUJALA: I really believe the future is in automation, and I’m really excited about some of the newer technologies that are enabling the automation of the mortgage process. I’m hearing a lot about robotic process automation, machine learning, and other advanced technologies that some lenders are already adopting in small ways.

Today, our industry is too reliant on manual labor. It’s one of the reasons that loan production costs are reaching all-time highs, and personnel expenses represent roughly 2/3 of total per-loan production costs. The entire loan process is a series of checks and re-checks that require manual labor. And with the increased regulatory scrutiny of the past several years, many lenders have hired additional personnel to ensure loan integrity, further increasing loan production costs.

This approach, with its reliance on labor, is not sustainable. Lenders need to adopt automation technology to speed loan production and decrease loan production costs. Lenders that leverage this technology will gain a huge competitive advantage.

Q: Where do you think this automation technology will have the most impact?

ERIC KUJALA: Automation technology is the key to dramatically reducing loan production costs, and every step in the process can benefit from intelligent automation. Let’s take a look at a critical step – underwriting. Today, underwriters rely on checklists to evaluate loans. The process is slow and error-prone, and critical calculations often are done manually, where errors can be costly. Using automation technology, checklists are completed in a consistent manner, and the technology flags only those checklist items that don’t “pass” and require manual review.

Using automated data extraction (ADE) technology, underwriters are able to complete checklists in seconds, cutting the time it takes to evaluate loan files by up to 80 percent. ADE technology automatically extracts critical data from loan documents, compares values across documents in a fraction of a second, runs the data through pre-defined rules engine, performs calculations, and provides alerts on any values that fall outside of established parameters or tolerances.

This exception-based model eliminates the costly and time-consuming “stare and compare” approach to verifying data across several documents, and reduces the multiple touches used today to ensure data integrity. This allows the underwriter to focus on loans that require more careful scrutiny, such as loans with non-occupant co-borrowers, loans on investment properties, loans with borrower self-reported income, and other loans with unique characteristics.

Automation also ensures that calculations are done quickly and correctly. Without automation technology, underwriters must manually enter data into a spreadsheet, a loan origination system (LOS), or some other system to perform the numerous financial calculations used in the credit process. And mistakes made while keying data into evaluation tools could result in faulty underwriting decisions that might negatively affect a lender’s ability to sell loans to investors or, even worse, lead to loan buy-backs. With automation, underwriters save time and eliminate errors with technology that performs required calculations in a standardized, repeatable way—something auditors require.

As I mentioned, every step in the mortgage production process can benefit from automation technology. Today, most functions are guided by checklists, and each function checks and rechecks what the previous function has already checked! Most of the items on these checklists can be reviewed and validated with automation technology, dramatically increasing the velocity of loan production.

Q: What can we expect to see from Capsilon?

ERIC KUJALA: I said earlier that the industry really needs to transition from a labor-centric process to a technology-driven one, similar to a digital factory. Capsilon is fully committed to delivering the technology that will power this modern digital mortgage factory. Technology that transforms the speed, user experience, and economics of the mortgage process.

At the heart of the mortgage process are documents and data. And document and data management is in Capsilon’s DNA. Our DocVelocity platform has been the leading cloud-based enterprise mortgage document and data management platform for more than a decade.

We’re building on this heritage and leveraging our patented document recognition and data extraction engines, and the power of the cloud, to turn volumes of mortgage documents into intelligent, searchable digital assets necessary to convert the slow, inefficient mortgage process into a high-velocity digital mortgage factory. We use intelligent process automation to eliminate up to 80 percent of the labor involved at each step of the mortgage production process.

Capsilon is building the digital mortgage platform the industry needs, and I’m super-excited to deliver the technology that will power my customers’ digital mortgage factories, increasing the velocity of loan production while slashing loan production costs.

Industry Predictions

Eric Kujala thinks:

1.) The mortgage production process will transition from the 80% manual (20% automated) process it is today to an 80% automated process within 5 years.

2.) There will be new entrants to the mortgage lending space who will be technology-focused and will forever change the way mortgage transactions are handled.

3.) The broker comeback will continue.

Insider Profile

Eric Kujala started at Flagstar Bank as a home loan advisor in 2002 with responsibility for originating new residential mortgage business for Flagstar Bank’s Direct Lending department. In 2003, he was named team leader in the department, and in 2004 he was appointed assistant vice president, responsible for the entire Direct Lending sales team. He was promoted to vice president in 2006. In 2008, he joined DocVelocity, the flagship product of Paperless Office Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Flagstar Bancorp, where in 2013 Flagstar Bank sold the subsidiary to its long term partner Capsilon Corporation where he is currently their Enterprise Sales Manager. Eric has been an integral part of the Capsilon team which in 2016 led to Capsilon’s partnership with Francisco Partners, a growth equity firm in San Francisco, CA.

Optimal Blue Partners With New POS To Transform The Mortgage Process

Optimal Blue has partnered with Capsilon Corporation to provide a unique digital mortgage experience with highly accurate, real-time product eligibility and pricing content. Here’s the scoop:

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The Capsilon digital mortgage platform leverages the power of the cloud and intelligent process automation to evolve the existing mortgage production process into a modern digital mortgage factory. By integrating Optimal Blue’s real-time product eligibility and pricing content directly into the upcoming Capsilon mortgage point-of-sale solutions, joint clients will be able to improve overall compliance, create numerous process efficiencies, and deliver an engaging origination experience.

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“Capsilon is transforming the mortgage industry with intelligent process automation that increases the velocity and accuracy of every step in the loan production process,” said Sanjeev Malaney, CEO of Capsilon. “Our partnership with Optimal Blue provides the data connectivity, integrated pricing workflows, and process automation lenders require to accelerate the loan production process and improve customer satisfaction.”

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Optimal Blue’s eCommerce platform consumes product and pricing content from a network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by lenders, and distributes the personalized results to technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, whenever it matters most.

“Our goal is to further unite the industry with our digital marketplace and break down the traditional vendor silos that have held back industry success,” said Optimal Blue CEO Scott Happ. “Strategic integrations with digital mortgage technology leaders such as Capsilon will move the industry forward.”

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.

Lenders Expect Costs To Rise In 2017

Capsilon announced that 70 percent of mortgage lenders report that they expect total loan product costs to continue to rise in 2017, according to a recent survey conducted by the company.

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The survey was conducted during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) Annual Convention and Expo 2016, which took place October 23 through October 26 in Boston. Surprisingly, only seven percent of respondents reported that they expect total loan production costs in 2017 to be “somewhat lower” or “significantly lower” than in 2016.

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The survey, which polled more than 100 executives from leading mortgage lenders, also revealed that more than nine out of ten of the respondents are somewhat or very interested in technology that automates key steps along the mortgage loan process, and 86 percent expect to spend more in 2017 versus 2016 on technology to reduce loan production costs by enabling a digital mortgage process.

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In enabling the digital mortgage process, the lenders were asked if automating the consumer experience during the application process or automating key steps in the loan production process is most important to their companies, if they are both equally important, or if neither is important because their companies are not planning to enable a digital mortgage process. The results showed that 45 percent of the respondents stated that automating key steps in their company’s loan production process is most important, 37 percent stated that automating both the consumer experience and the loan production process are equally important, and 15 percent stated that automating the consumer experience during the application process is most important. Only three percent said that their companies are not planning to enable a digital mortgage process.

“The survey results clearly indicate lenders expect loan production costs to continue to rise, and they are looking to technology to reduce costs with automation,” said Sanjeev Malaney, chief executive officer of Capsilon. “In developing their digital strategies, lenders are right to focus on automating key steps in the loan production process, as this is where technology can deliver the speed, data integrity, and cost savings they need to gain a competitive advantage.”

Consistent with these findings, when asked what issues their companies are most concerned with, 73 percent of the respondents stated implementing the right technology, 51 percent cited rising loan production costs, 36 percent stated improving customer experience/customer satisfaction, and 16 percent cited longer loan turn times. Risk of regulatory penalties, hiring and retaining employees, and complying with TRID were each cited by fewer than ten percent of the respondents. (Total percentage is greater than 100 because respondents were asked to cite two issues.)