Digital closings have spiked 228% since 2019

Housing Wire

The number of title and settlement companies offering digital closings has increased 228% since 2019, as more of the industry moves online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in 2021, 46% offer digital closings, according to Diane Tomb, ALTA chief executive officer.

Rocket promises brokers 15-day loan closings

Housing Wire

Rocket Pro TPO has launched a program that will guarantee financing to close in 15 days, a move to entice mortgage brokers and their real estate agent partners in a scorching-hot housing market. The post Rocket promises brokers 15-day loan closings appeared first on HousingWire.

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DocMagic launches new closing solution

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The Guide to Accelerating Closings in 2022. Each of eDecision’s core capabilities provides a check on whether or not each part of the closing process can be completed digitally in a given jurisdiction. The post DocMagic launches new closing solution appeared first on HousingWire.

Qualia releases closing platform for mortgage lenders

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Digital real estate closing platform Qualia announced the release of a version of its Qualia Connect platform for mortgage originators. The automated and standardized workflows will also help errors from arising, creating a smoother closing process.

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MISMO searches for participants for closing initiative

Housing Wire

The Mortgage Industry Standard Maintenance Organization (MISMO) announced last week that the organization is looking for participants for an initiative focused on standardizing pre-closing title document data sets.

Opinion: how digital closings can help with housing affordability

Housing Wire

One avenue to reduce cost and streamline the closing process is to offer digital closings. Full e-closed loans also reduce funding time during post-closing to the secondary market and results in an improved, measurable overall return on investment, according to the study.

Freddie Mac automates pre-closing income verification

Housing Wire

Freddie Mac will now automatically verify borrower employment 10 days ahead of closing, which it says is more efficient than obtaining that information through oral or written verification. The post Freddie Mac automates pre-closing income verification appeared first on HousingWire.

How to avoid home closing delays in 2022

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HousingWire recently spoke with Tom Kriby, Vice President of Client Development and Partnerships at Westwood Insurance, about how insurance issues can hold up a home closing and how lenders can integrate insurance into their process to help their homebuyers avoid delays.

Lenders can use closing technology as a bargaining chip

Housing Wire

Additionally, borrowers have stated that the two most appreciated aspects of an online application process were “a simpler application process (55%) and reduced time to close (53%).” Creating a tech stack geared towards increasing closing efficiency isn’t just about offering eClosings.

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The Closing Exchange provides a wide variety of signing solutions for lenders looking to deliver eClosings

Housing Wire

The Closing Exchange (TCX) partners with its clients to configure solutions to support their workflow at every stage of their digital evolution. The post The Closing Exchange provides a wide variety of signing solutions for lenders looking to deliver eClosings appeared first on HousingWire.

Are consistently error-free closings within reach for lenders?

Housing Wire

But as lenders scrambled to keep up with demand, closing errors naturally crept in. A prime example, digital mortgage closing solution Snapdocs reports that its digital closing platform reduces closing errors by 80%. A more efficient, profitable closing process.

Closing costs are up, but there’s a catch

Housing Wire

The average closing costs for a single-family home increased 12.3% According to ClosingCorp, the average closing costs nationally came in at $6,837 including taxes and $3,836 excluding taxes. The report also found that refi closing costs increased by 4.87% to $2,398 from the reported 2020 average of $2,287. Bob Jennings, CEO of ClosingCorp, said that closing costs as a percentage of purchase prices actually declined this year to 1.03% from 1,06% in 2020. “So,

The future of mortgage closings

Housing Wire

A painstaking, uncoordinated movement to fully adopt remote online notarizations nationwide and complete end-to-end digital escrow mortgage closings is gaining even more traction as the real estate industry launches into a new decade in 2021. Closing HWplus

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ICE, DocMagic team up to offer closing technology

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ICE Mortgage Technology will now deploy an “eVault” solution as part of its mortgage closing platform to ensure the secure storage of digital mortgages and notes, it announced late last week. ” In the past year, DocMagic has made headlines in the digital closing space.

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Closing Costs and Closing Cost Credits Explained

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How Do Closing Cost Credits Work In real estate, there are specific terms you should understand well. Two such terms are closing costs and closing cost credits. The post Closing Costs and Closing Cost Credits Explained appeared first on Maximum Real Estate Exposure.

Closing costs: Here’s how much money you really need to buy a house

Housing Wire

Understanding what expenses are required at closing to buy a house will help you budget and save more effectively. In this article, we break down exactly what closing costs are so you’re prepared when you start shopping for a home: What are closing costs?

Why 28% of mortgage applicants never close the loan

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Get $75 off your initial membership with coupon code “intro75” The post Why 28% of mortgage applicants never close the loan appeared first on HousingWire. Lonnie Glessner isn’t normally one to turn down business. But with origination volume expected to exceed $3.4

Creating a more secure closing process for everyone involved

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Redfin closes $138M deal for mortgage lender

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Bay Equity CEO Brett McGovern also touted the benefits of the acquisition, saying, “Being a part of Redfin will help us meet customers more efficiently, which means we can give Redfin homebuyers competitive rates while delivering a seamless experience from pre-approval to close.”.

Are digital closings really worth it?

Housing Wire

Many lenders are familiar with digital closings (eClosings), but they might not know just how valuable they can be to their business. Lenders don’t have to offer a full digital close to reap the benefits of eClosings. An eClosing is an online or digital mortgage closing.

Guaranteed Rate closes Stearns wholesale channel

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The email explained that the last day to register a loan is January 12, while the last day for closing a transaction is February 28. The post Guaranteed Rate closes Stearns wholesale channel appeared first on HousingWire.

Overcoming the challenges still facing digital closings

Housing Wire

Out of sheer necessity when the pandemic hit, RON and other digital closing solutions saw a massive uptick in use. There are some lenders doing it, but most of them haven’t been able to adopt a digital mortgage closing solution.”.

Zillow’s purchase of ShowingTime closes

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However, the Federal Trade Commission delayed the deal’s close by extending the review period. The post Zillow’s purchase of ShowingTime closes appeared first on HousingWire.

Multi-closing fraud risk holds steady in 2020

Housing Wire

A new annual report from CoreLogic shows multi-closing fraud risk held steady in 2020 after having decreased the past several years. According to the CoreLogic Multi-Close Alert Program (MCAP), 2020 is projected to have a similar level of findings as was seen in 2019.

2022 Tech100 nominations are closing soon!

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Nominations for the 2022 HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage and Tech100 Real estate are closing today. The Tech100 Mortgage Award recognizes the companies and solutions that are revolutionizing the mortgage process – from origination to closing, and servicing to secondary markets.

Time to close on mortgages growing amid soaring volume

Housing Wire

Ellie Mae ’s Origination Insight report for October demonstrates some of the side effects of the historically low mortgage rates we’ve seen in 2020: incredibly high volume and an increase in time-to-close. The number of closed loans increased 7.1%

Snapdocs gives lenders a proven path to adopting digital closings, powering millions of closings a year

Housing Wire

The technology components required to digitize closings – things like eSignatures and webcams – have existed for decades. But until recently, digital closings had never been adopted at scale. Technology alone does not enable closings at scale.

Purchase market will highlight closing process problems

Housing Wire

The closing process, that time between underwriting approval and the actual closing, is the mortgage industry’s not-so-secret Achilles’ heel. That’s not a knock on the good professionals who enact minor miracles choreographing the multi-faceted ballet that is a typical closing.

Mid America Mortgage rebrands to Click n’ Close

Housing Wire

Texas lender Mid America Mortgage rebranded as Click n’ Close to expand into the mortgage technology industry following the sale of the majority of its retail lending operations. The post Mid America Mortgage rebrands to Click n’ Close appeared first on HousingWire.

CFPB warns servicers it’s watching closely, again

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today said that they are closely monitoring how servicers conduct themselves to help borrowers avoid foreclosures. The post CFPB warns servicers it’s watching closely, again appeared first on HousingWire.

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CoreLogic: Jump in home-purchase closing costs outpaces refi loans

Housing Wire

Closing costs for homeowners who jumped on the refi wave in 2021 increased at less than one-third the pace of closing costs for home purchases as homebuyers had to cope with a hot market that fueled higher home-sale prices and related settlement costs.