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Radian Acquires Five Bridges Advisors

Radian Group Inc. has acquired Five Bridges Advisors, LLC, a developer of proprietary software, data analytics and predictive models leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and traditional econometric techniques.


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The acquisition is consistent with Radian’s growth and diversification strategy, as well as its focus on the core product offerings of its Title, Mortgage and Real Estate Services. Five Bridges is a thought leader in mortgage, consumer and real estate analytics and its cloud-based portal utilizes deep analytics to provide customers with valuation and risk management tools that span the entire loan lifecycle, from underwriting and origination to servicing, secondary market purchase, and securitization.


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Radian Chief Executive Officer Rick Thornberry commented, “We are delighted to welcome Five Bridges to the Radian family of companies, expanding our capabilities and providing our customers across the country with new levels of service and innovation across the residential mortgage and real estate spectrum. This acquisition is another example of how Radian is reengineering and revolutionizing existing industry business models to enhance the overall value proposition for our customers.”


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Five Bridges will operate under its current brand and provide the same level of quality products and services to its customers through its offices in Bethesda, Maryland. Co-founders Steve Gaenzler and Michael Youngblood, PhD, will both continue with the business. Mr. Gaenzler will continue to run the day-to-day operations and will report to Eric Ray, senior executive vice president, Technology and Transaction Services for Radian. In 2019, Five Bridges will transition to the new One Radian brand identity as an integral part of the company’s Title, Mortgage and Real Estate Services.


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Radian offers products and services that include mortgage insurance and a comprehensive suite of mortgage, risk, real estate, and title services. The company is powered by technology, informed by data and driven to deliver new and better ways to transact and manage risk. 

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Mortgage Cadence Enhances Enterprise Lending Center Through Integration With Radian

Mortgage Cadence, an Accenture company, has integrated Radian’s mortgage insurance service into its Enterprise Lending Center solution, further expanding on-platform access to top-tier services.


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Enterprise Lending Center (ELC) facilitates lending in all forward and reverse mortgage channels and across all mortgage products, including home equity. Through the Radian integration, Mortgage Cadence clients can quickly obtain Radian MI rate quotes, order insurance, and receive order status updates without ever leaving ELC.


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“At Mortgage Cadence, our goal is to help our clients connect to the providers they want to work with and operate at optimal efficiency,” said Brian Benson, executive manager of services at Mortgage Cadence. “This integration extends our provider network and offers direct, on-platform access to Radian’s mortgage insurance services.”

The integration centralizes all data and documents related to the mortgage insurance transaction and stores this information within ELC to avoid rekeying of information from external sites. This single-system approach benefits lenders by eliminating the risk of human error, reducing labor and accelerating loan closing.


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“Radian’s integration with Mortgage Cadence is a testament of our commitment to making it easier for our customers to do business with us,” said Brien McMahon, chief franchise officer, Radian. “With this integration, customers can obtain accurate Radian MI rate quotes with greater speed and accuracy, while continuing to focus on their business.”

Integrations That Make Sense

As we all know, lenders have a lot of needs that can’t be fulfilled by any one vendor. So vendors have to integrate to help their clients. For example, Mortgage Cadence, an Accenture company, has integrated Radian’s mortgage insurance – (MI) service into its Enterprise Lending Center solution, further expanding on-platform access to top-tier services.


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Enterprise Lending Center (ELC) facilitates lending in all forward and reverse mortgage channels and across all mortgage products, including home equity. Through the Radian integration, Mortgage Cadence clients can quickly obtain Radian MI rate quotes, order insurance, and receive order status updates without ever leaving ELC.


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“At Mortgage Cadence, our goal is to help our clients connect to the providers they want to work with and operate at optimal efficiency,” said Brian Benson, executive manager of services at Mortgage Cadence. “This integration extends our provider network and offers direct, on-platform access to Radian’s mortgage insurance services.”


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The integration centralizes all data and documents related to the mortgage insurance transaction and stores this information within ELC to avoid rekeying of information from external sites. This single-system approach benefits lenders by eliminating the risk of human error, reducing labor and accelerating loan closing.

“Radian’s integration with Mortgage Cadence is a testament of our commitment to making it easier for our customers to do business with us,” said Brien McMahon, chief franchise officer, Radian. “With this integration, customers can obtain accurate Radian MI rate quotes with greater speed and accuracy.”

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Radian Acquisition Adds New Real Estate Information And Valuation Solutions

Radian Group Inc. has acquired Independent Settlement Services, a national appraisal and title management services company. The acquisition is consistent with Radian’s growth and diversification strategy, and its focus on the core product offerings of its Title, Mortgage and Real Estate Services businesses.


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Independent Settlement Services provides real estate information and valuation solutions in all 50 states, and offers proprietary disruptive technology through Vendor Information Bridge (VIBe), a web-based, fully-integrated, real-time vendor management and settlement services technology system. VIBe provides lenders, appraisers, servicing firms, due diligence firms, and appraisal-management companies with a fully-automated platform to manage the ordering and delivery of products and services.


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“We are pleased to welcome Independent Settlement Services to the Radian family of companies, expanding our capabilities and providing our customers with the real estate information and valuation solutions they need, powered by best-in class technology,” said Radian’s Chief Executive Officer Rick Thornberry.


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Independent Settlement Services will operate under its current brand and continue to provide the same level of quality products and services to its customers through its office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ed Chezosky, one of the company’s founders, along with the existing senior management team, will continue to lead the day-to-day operations with a focus on serving their customers and growing their business, as well as exploring additional opportunities to offer new and existing services to Radian’s established customer base. In the coming months, Independent Settlement Services will transition to the new One Radian brand identity as an integral part of the company’s Real Estate Services business.

Radian Integrates With Path To Offer MI

PathSoftware’s  Path LOS is now integrated with Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance (MI) subsidiary of Radian Group Inc.

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This direct connect integration allows Path users to obtain rate quotes and order MI on both a delegated and non-delegated basis, and submit documents without leaving their LOS. MI premiums are also auto-populated into the appropriate fields in Path to help streamline the MI ordering process, improving efficiency and productivity.

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“We’re proud to partner with a forward-looking loan origination platform like Path to make it even easier for lenders to do business with us,” said Brien McMahon, chief franchise officer at Radian. “This integration enables us to deliver real-time quotes and simplify the MI ordering process for current and prospective customers.”

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Path was designed to simplify and streamline mid- to enterprise-level, multi-channel loan origination. As a portal with a single point of entry, all loan data, lock data, products, pricing, automated underwriting system findings, loan estimate and closing disclosure documents emanate and are reconciled within one system. In addition, the LOS’s configurable workflows, with role-based functionality, provide visibility into every loan at every stage—so financial institutions can ensure their business rules are followed.

“Direct integrations with our partners are essential to streamlining the mortgage origination process for our customers,” said Doug Mitchell, director of sales and support at PathSoftware. “By partnering with Radian, our clients can now easily order MI directly from one of the nation’s top providers.”