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FirstClose Partners With Chicago Title Insurance Company To Provide Wider Range Of Services

FirstClose, a provider of technology solutions for mortgage lenders nationwide, today announced a partnership with Chicago Title Insurance Company.

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Through this integration, the FirstClose Report now provides financial institution clients with Chicago Title’s property search, legal and vesting products and services. The property search report includes items such as the last grantee of record, a legal description of the property, a list of mortgages and liens on record, the permanent index number and the latest transfer deed on file. This report can be used with residential or commercial properties.

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In addition, FirstClose and Chicago Title’s full legal and vesting services include the last grantee of record, a legal description of the property in text format and the latest transfer deed on file.

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“Our comprehensive title products and services enhance FirstClose’s home equity and refi suite of offerings to add efficiencies and further expedite closing times for lenders,” said Thomas Curry, vice president of Chicago Title.

“We are thrilled to be working with Chicago Title and know that this partnership will only improve our product offering and allow us to better serve our clients,” said Tedd Smith, chief executive officer of FirstClose. “Giving our clients options when it comes to products and services has always been a key part of our business. Partnering with a powerhouse like Chicago Title will help us continue to drive our business forward.”

Credit Interlink Integrates Income Verify With LendingQB For Faster Verifications

Credit Interlink, a provider of SaaS mortgage origination technology solutions, has integrated its Income Verify, with LendingQB, a provider of SaaS loan origination technology solutions, to facilitate quicker and more efficient 4056-T verifications.

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Thanks to certification through Fannie Mae’s Day One Certainty, Income Verify has direct access to tax transcript verifications through the IRS in order to expedite the time needed to process requests within LendingQB’s LOS. Likewise, the solution better prevents the risk of fraud through its secure interface, creating a more cost-effective way to collect borrower data.

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“In a world growing more dependent on digital technology, borrowers have come to expect the lending process to replicate experiences they experience in other areas,” said Mark Yoder, Vice President of Business Development, Credit Interlink.  “With Income Verify, borrowers are able to provide their information up front and loan officers are able to verify it without adding unnecessary delay to the origination process, all in a secure manner.”

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LendingQB’s web browser platform provides mortgage lenders with core LOS capabilities using modern web-optimized technology, enabling robust integrations to other web platforms such as Credit Interlink. Using LendingQB’s API framework, Credit Interlink is able to extend the capability of lenders, expediting the origination process and allowing more direct interaction with borrowers and other parties to the loan.

“Credit Interlink’s streamlined approach to data verification, credit and fraud is innovative and perfectly fits the ever-changing mortgage industry,” said David Colwell, vice president of strategy at LendingQB. “By utilizing Income Verify, our lenders are able to verify borrower data in a fast and safe manner, enabling them to reduce the time needed and the overall cost to originate loans.”

Allowing For The Seamless Transfer Of Bank Data

ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), a provider of enterprise financial risk mitigation software solutions, has integrated with BankVOD, the company that pioneered the electronic risk interface for asset verifications. This integration, which provides a direct, seamless connection between ARMCO’s ACES Audit Technology and BankVOD’s Verification Hub, enables ARMCO clients the ability to order Asset Verifications, 4506-T, Employment and Occupancy and Liens & Judgments on a batch or flow basis, and receive the data via a secure electronic transfer directly into their ACES instance.

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BankVOD is the exclusive provider of bank statement verifications for 18 of the country’s top 50 banks. Prior to this integration, organizations were required to leave their QC software system, then order and receive IRS tax transcripts and bank verifications from BankVOD’s secure web-based portal. In addition, they were not able to order IRS transcripts or verifications on a bulk basis.

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“This integration doesn’t merely make the verification process faster, it also makes it more consistent and secure, which are two big factors in achieving quality,” said Phil McCall, president of ARMCO. “At ARMCO, we feel lenders should never have to choose between quality and time or resources. That’s why we are constantly pursuing ways, like this integration, to make quality faster, easier and more accessible to achieve for lenders of all sizes.”

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“Industry leading companies like ARMCO always appreciate our unflinching commitment to providing the most secure way that files are exchanged and data is handled,” said Tim Portley, co-founder and managing partner of BankVOD. “We’re pleased to partner with ARMCO to offer lenders an even faster and more efficient way to verify bank data, and we’re elated to discover new ways to make the user experience the best it can possibly be.”

Taking LOS Integrations A Step Further

By now, most lenders can agree that there are countless benefits to integrating their Loan Origination System (LOS) with a technology provider’s software. For one, it eliminates the front-end data entry of having to visit multiple vendor websites and rekeying data they have already entered into the LOS. With a true “lights out” integration, the lender doesn’t have to ever leave the LOS; they can order everything they need within one system, saving valuable time.

In addition, LOS integrations eliminate copying and pasting on the back-end of the process once the order is complete. When the report is delivered back to the lender, not only is the PDF imported to the “manage files” section of the LOS, but key data elements populate important data fields. When done correctly, the LOS automatically populates the legal description and vesting information from the title work, the value of the property from the Automated Valuation Model (AVM), desktop valuation or appraisal, and valuable flood zone and HMDA data from the flood certification. Populating these key data fields saves the lender from copying, pasting or rekeying the information into the LOS. It also mitigates the risk of potential human errors associated with manual data entry; for example, the “w” and “e” keys, located right next to each other on the processors keyboard, could be accidentally keyed incorrectly which would present a problem for legal documents and recordation if “E. MAIN ST.” inadvertently becomes “W. MAIN ST.”

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Lenders partnering with a provider that enables a true “lights out” LOS integration surely experience benefits. However, if their provider is not a middleware aggregator, they are still missing out on ways to improve their loan processing. By partnering with an aggregator, lenders can take their LOS integration a step further and distinguish themselves among competition.

In most LOS integrations, a technology provider integrates into a lender’s LOS in order to enable access to their own brand of products and services. An aggregator, on the other hand, provides lenders access to all brands within one platform. Even if a lender wanted to integrate with multiple providers, the process to include all of their vendors could take months to complete. With an aggregator, lenders can go live with hundreds of vendor choices available to them on day one.

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Some aggregators even give lenders the ability to add their own vendors that may not be integrated with the aggregator; such as small, local title companies or appraisers. With User Defined Vendor (UDV) technology, the lender selects which vendor they would like to utilize and the aggregator delivers the order to the preferred vendor. Local vendors looking to access an aggregator’s system on the back-end can easily upload their documents to the system with data elements and the PDF so that the aggregator can convert the forms to XML and deliver them back into the LOS. UDV technology enables lenders to add their preferred companies into their LOS in days as opposed to months.

Another important tool that lenders should look for when choosing an aggregator is escalation intelligence. This type of technology programs the systems to automatically know what the lender wants to do next if orders receive a “no hit” or if the underwriting guidelines dictate that a more robust type of product needs to be ordered. For example, if a lender orders an instant property valuation and there is not enough information on the property for the system to return an AVM, the system will automatically order a desktop valuation, drive-by appraisal or full appraisal, depending on the underwriting guidelines, risk tolerance and cost savings objectives of the lender. The same technology can be applied to instant title searches, full property reports and title insurance products.

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Finally, an aggregator has the ability to mimic the lender’s underwriting guidelines to provide additional efficiency and “automated decisioning” technology. They provide configurations that intelligently know what products to order based on credit scores, loan amounts, LTV and other underwriting criteria, then auto-order the appropriate products and services that are required for that specific loan. This type of technology eliminates the need for the processors to determine what to order and when to order it, thereby reducing the risk of human error.

LOS integrations with middleware aggregators result in reduced processing and closing times for lenders. The aggregator delivers faster integrations with more vendors, manages vendor turnaround time on behalf of the lender and even calculates Loan to Value (LTV) and Combined Loan to Value (CLTV) to automatically populate on the lender’s system. While general LOS integrations are beneficial, it is clear that the most competitive lenders use middleware aggregators to take their integrations to the next level.

About The Author

Tedd Smith

Tedd Smith is chief executive officer of Austin, Texas-based FirstClose, provider of end-to-end technology solutions to mortgage lenders nationwide. The FirstClose reporting suite is the first, comprehensive solution with capabilities to deliver title, flood, valuation and other important data elements in one report. For more information, visit www.firstclose.com.

RoundPoint And Matic Join Forces To Make Homeowner’s Insurance A Snap For Homebuyers

Matic, a digital insurance agency whose technology enables borrowers to purchase homeowner’s insurance during the mortgage transaction, today announced a wide-ranging integration with RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation (RoundPoint), a mortgage loan originator and one of the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage servicing companies. The integration will make Matic’s one-click “get quote” button available to both customers and employees of RoundPoint.

RoundPoint services over $75 billion worth of mortgage assets as a fully licensed subservicer for commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage companies and hedge funds.

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Now, homeowners whose mortgages are serviced by RoundPoint will be notified by Matic when they could save money by switching to a different A-rated homeowner’s insurance carrier. Homeowners will also be alerted if there’s an opportunity to get more coverage without an increase in premium.

“Mortgage servicers rarely get to call their customers and offer a lower escrow payment or more comprehensive insurance coverage without a premium increase — yet these are exactly the kinds of opportunities Matic will bring to RoundPoint customers every day,” said Matic COO Benjamin Madick.

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RoundPoint will also make Matic available to homebuyers applying for a mortgage loan through the company’s retail mortgage lending division. In addition, Matic will be available to RoundPoint employees via a private-labeled web portal.

“The fact that RoundPoint is making Matic available not only to our mortgage origination and servicing customers, but also to our employees, is a testament to our enthusiasm for Matic’s innovative homeowner’s insurance experience,” said RoundPoint CEO Kevin Brungardt.

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“Matic is a key component of our Homeownership Marketplace initiative, which provides products and services that provide value, save money and enhance the overall experience for borrowers,” added Brungardt. “Our long-term goal is for every customer to custom-tailor his or her own Personal Household Economy™ within this Marketplace. The timing is perfect as we just officially launched this effort with an overhaul of our website, customer portals and overall customer experience.”

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.

Elevating The Lending Experience

Total Expert, the provider of an enterprise-grade marketing operating system specifically for regulated financial institutions, has partnered with Blend, a provider of digital mortgage workflows that improves the loan application process for loan officers and consumers.

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The partnership enables data integration between Total Expert and Blend, allowing loan officers to originate mortgage loans more efficiently and transparently while building stronger relationships with customers.

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“Partnering with Total Expert is an exciting opportunity for us, as they are clearly a leader when it comes to marketing operating systems built specifically for the unique needs of the financial services industry,” said Blend Head of Business Development, Brian Martin. “The Total Expert team has very high standards for their solutions. We are both constantly innovating, and we at Blend are excited for what this partnership with Total Expert will mean for the future of lending.”

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Loan officers using both Total Expert and Blend can now provide their prospects and borrowers within the Total Expert application a seamless, branded, and fully trackable experience through Blend when applying for a loan. Data coming from any source can be passed into Total Expert, and now, directly back into Blend to give customers a transparent view into their lending experience.

“We are proud to partner with another technology leader that continues to push the boundaries,” said Joe Welu, founder and CEO of Total Expert. “Blend is a best-of-breed technology solution that is laser focused on improving the consumer loan process. We are excited about how our integration will position loan officers for future growth and help everyday Americans accomplish their American dream.”

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.

Figuring Out The Digital Mortgage

There is much talk in the industry today about embracing a more digital mortgage process. But a lot of lenders are confused about how to do it. That’s where vendors come in. For example, Finicity, a provider of real-time financial data aggregation and insights, has integrated with BeSmartee, a digital mortgage marketplace provider, to further streamline and accelerate the digital loan origination process for lenders and borrowers. The agreement will integrate Finicity’s Verification of Assets (VoA) solution into BeSmartee’s next generation point-of-sale platform for mortgage originations.

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Finicity is committed to utilizing consumer-permissioned data in the credit decisioning space to increase accuracy and decisioning speed while reducing fraud. Through bank-validated data and data intelligence, Finicity provides solutions to lenders that assist them in digitizing and modernizing the lending process, reducing friction with borrowers while providing better, cleaner data that can shorten verification to minutes instead of days.

In BeSmartee’s platform, lenders can request an asset verification report with one click. Borrowers are prompted to complete a short online process to permission use of their financial account data, which is then used to generate a real-time verification report.

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“Finicity is improving the lending process through superior data access, quality and insights,” said Steve Smith, Finicity CEO. “We’re proud to be working alongside BeSmartee to accelerate the digital loan process, improving efficiency for lenders and transparency for borrowers.”

BeSmartee is a complete digital origination process, which gives borrowers greater control and guidance while providing lenders with a customizable platform to improve efficiency and the overall experience.

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“Integrating with Finicity is a key step in helping us continue to provide exceptional services to our clients in the form of speed, accuracy and reliability within our best-of-breed mortgage origination point of sale platform,” said Arvin Sahakian, BeSmartee co-founder. “We look forward to working with Finicity. They have great technology and, more importantly, great people behind that technology.”

Finicity is an authorized, integrated provider of asset verification reports within Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter (DU). This gives lenders a validated asset report through Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty initiative. Finicity is also part of the Single Source Validation (SSV) pilot, meaning Fannie Mae will utilize transaction data from Finicity reports to validate assets, income and employment. A broader rollout of SSV is planned later this year and will build on Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty initiative.

Finicity is also an authorized Freddie Mac asset validation report provider, and Freddie Mac and Finicity are working together on new methods to validate income from payroll deposit data from bank statements.

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.

Teledata Communications And EnableSoft Partner To Streamline LOS-To-Core Integration

For a financial institution wanting to integrate its loan origination system (LOS) with its core platform, the endeavor can be both expensive and time-consuming. The core-provided connectors and APIs typically needed to push data from the LOS to the core can devour both programming hours and dollars.

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Users of TCI’s LOS products have another option: EnableSoft’s Foxtrot robotic process automation (RPA) software. A Foxtrot-powered data push can be set up in a matter of hours rather than the weeks or months it can take working with a core-provided solution. Foxtrot can also be used in both real-time and batch environments. Finally, Foxtrot costs substantially less than virtually all core connectors.

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“We offer a number of automation solutions to our clients and encourage them to evaluate each one,” said Barry Kirby, TCI’s vice president of sales, “but we fully expect Foxtrot to be the solution of choice for this important application.”

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“We like working with companies that don’t play favorites,” said EnableSoft president Richard Milam. “because we know when Foxtrot goes head to head with competing solutions, Foxtrot will likely win.”

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.

LoyaltyExpress Becomes Authorized Fannie Mae LOS Integration Vendor

LoyaltyExpress, a provider of marketing automation and cloud-based CRM solutions for mortgage companies and banks, announced that its LendingManager Digital Mortgage platform now seamlessly integrates with Fannie Mae Desktop Underwriter for greater efficiency with upfront data validation & eligibility.  Borrowers can apply for a loan or prequalify via loan officer, branch, and/or corporate websites, which LendingManager also designs, and gain immediate time savings with this integration.

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As part of the LendingManager solution, banks and mortgage companies can access the following with significant cost savings versus the majority of POS competitors:

>>Custom & Responsive Corporate, Branch & Loan Officer Websites

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>>Prequalify & 1003 Applications

>>Client Portal (Loan Status, Document Uploads, Lender-Borrower Messaging)

>>Mobile Websites and Applications

>>Over 60 LOS, CRM, Pricing, & Credit Integrations

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“We are excited to add the Fannie Mae DU integration for our clients,” said Wayne Stegall, President LendingManager.  “Integrations and efficiency are the name of the game for digital mortgage solutions and, as a result of the acquisition by LoyaltyExpress, we look forward to adding new capabilities even more frequently. This new functionality, in particular, keeps us at the leading edge of the market requirements and our competitors. Simply put, there is no provider that can deliver the breadth of functionality, automation and value we do.”

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.

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.

Integration Furthers Digital Construction Lending

Built, a provider of secure, cloud-based construction lending software, is being integrated with Black Knight’s LoanSphere platform. Black Knight is a provider of integrated software, data and analytics solutions that facilitate and automate many of the business processes across the homeownership lifecycle. The Built integration will provide digital management on any construction loan using loan data from Black Knight’s two core LoanSphere systems: the LoanSphere Empower loan origination system and the LoanSphere MSP servicing system.

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Demand for construction loans has increased with owner-occupied products and renovation markets poised for continued growth. In the past, the administrative burdens of construction loans have been a significant barrier for many lenders because of the manual processes required for spreadsheets, phone calls, email threads and other loan-related communications. With the integration between Black Knight and Built, any construction loan can be digitally managed throughout the loan life cycle – from origination through servicing.

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“We are excited to add Black Knight to our Strategic Alliance Network. Both Empower and MSP are industry-leading enterprise solutions, and this integration will provide a complete, seamless experience from loan origination through construction,” said Built President and CEO Chase Gilbert. “As construction lending heats up across the country, the timing of this integration couldn’t be better for the industry.”

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LoanSphere is Black Knight’s end-to-end platform of integrated software, data and analytics supporting the entire mortgage and home equity loan lifecycle – from origination to servicing to default. The platform delivers business process automation, workflow, rules, and integrated data throughout the loan process, providing a better user experience, cost savings and support for changing regulatory requirements.

“Both lenders and servicers will benefit greatly from Built’s integration with LoanSphere, which connects lending functions and data to help clients reduce risk, improve efficiency, and drive financial performance,” said Black Knight President Joe Nackashi. “Built’s technology complements these capabilities by offering real-time data access to improve the overall experience between mortgage professionals, builders and their borrowers.”