*LOS Acquisition Ups The End-To-End Ante*
**By Tony Garritano**
***The loan origination space is heating up for sure. We’ve seen some noted acquisitions and today I’ve been given the scoop on another such deal. Let’s understand, LOS companies have to add value. In this case an LOS is not getting acquired, but rather is doing the acquiring to be able to offer its customers that much more value. I told you last week that I would bring you some exclusive news from Mortgage Builder when it was good to go. Today Mortgage Builder has acquired an industry mainstay. Here’s the scoop:
****Mortgage Builder has entered into an agreement to acquire GCC Servicing Systems, a leading loan servicing software provider that shares 35 years of history with its new owner. A sale price was not disclosed. GCC is the creator of G/Serv, a mortgage servicing software popular with mid-tier lenders, community banks, credit unions and mortgage companies, a market sector also well-served by Mortgage Builder. The teaming of the two technologies comes at a time when many lenders are retaining servicing rights and responsibilities rather than using subservicers and selling loans on a servicing released basis.
****“More lenders need servicing software now than at any time in recent history,” says Keven Smith, Mortgage Builder’s CEO and president. “With the acquisition of GCC, Mortgage Builder now offers a complete lending system that empowers lenders to control all aspects of the process,” he notes. “And with their common DNA, the platforms work extremely well together, making it far simpler for lenders to make smooth transitions into loan servicing.” The GCC staff will join Mortgage Builder and GCC will operate as a separate division with Jeff Augenstein, vice president of GCC, responsible for the day-to-day operations.
****GCC Servicing Systems was founded in 1977 as Glenn Computer Corporation by Glenn Liebowitz in Southfield, Michigan as a mortgage servicing, loan origination, and accounting service bureau. The loan origination product was spun off in 1998 to become Mortgage Builder Software. G/Serv brings Mortgage Builder a comprehensive loan servicing platform that automates all servicing administration functions, along with default management and full reporting capabilities. Like Mortgage Builder, G/Serv has evolved greatly since it was first released, and is now designed for Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery for fast, cost-effective implementation, and is hosted in a SAS-70 Type II/ SSAE-16 Type II compliant data center.
****“This acquisition puts Mortgage Builder into a unique class of technology providers,” says Kelli Himebaugh, corporate vice president of Mortgage Builder. “As a nimble, independent company, we are well accustomed to working with regional and mid-tier lenders” she says. “We can now bring our highly personalized approach to lenders choosing to become servicers to maximize returns and improve borrower service levels,” she says. “A new era is dawning for the mortgage industry and with the addition of GCC, we are able to provide a full range of exceptional technologies for America’s lenders.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.