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Technology Companies in The Housing Industry Partner

Two technology companies in the housing industry announced a new partnership. Iowa-based LenderClose has integrated Simplifile, which functions as an electronic liaison between lenders and county recording offices. Simplifile has deployed its e-recording platform in 50% of all U.S. recording jurisdictions and plans to help the remaining 50 percent realize e-recording benefits in 2019.

Because the LenderClose platform provides API connections to every vendor it takes to manage a mortgage or HELOC loan, the combination of the two platforms streamlines the lending staff experience.

The integration is a continuation of LenderClose’s strategy to provide lenders a single point of access to vendors in the housing industry to holistically digitize the loan cycle. LenderClose also recently integrated with MeridianLink’s LoansPQ loan origination platform.

“We cannot afford to lose sight of the borrower experience,” said LenderClose COO Ben Rempe. “That’s why we have placed such a high priority on putting the right technology and integrations into the hands of lending staff. When they are empowered to exceed expectations, the borrower experience is automatically improved.”

Through LenderClose, lending staff access a suite of property data reports and services – from flood certification and valuation products to title reports and e-recording. The result is a vastly accelerated underwriting process, an increasingly essential capability for all lenders. With one vendor, one integration and one invoice, lending teams realize multiple points of efficiency.

The pairing of LenderClose and Simplifile allows lenders nationwide to upload county recordable documents, such as mortgages, trust deeds, releases and more, to the LenderClose platform without having to toggle between providers and accounts. Every LenderClose user will have access to e-recording and will remain inside the LenderClose platform as they engage directly with county recorders.

“Vendor collaboration is critical for the continued digital transformation of the lending industry,” said Paul Clifford, Simplifile founder and president. “We’re fortunate to have found an excellent match in the leadership of LenderClose. Bringing our two platforms together has been very smooth and iterative. We have a strong feedback loop in place, and look forward to taking our users’ suggestions for making the experience of accessing both platforms from a single access point even better.”

“Our old process required us to mail mortgages to county offices nationwide, with a check in every package. It took us 5 to 7 business days to record a mortgage or file a release,” said Becky Beard, AVP of mortgage operations at Deere Employees Credit Union. “Now, we upload our documents to the LenderClose platform and the county e-records it the next business day, sometimes within hours or even minutes.  Once recorded, we're able to retrieve a copy of the documents, complete with county stamps.”

“Legacy lenders can’t wait a minute longer to digitize,” said Omar Jordan, CEO of LenderClose. “It’s surprising how many lenders continue to rely on postal services, or even hand-delivery of documents, when the industry has access to fast, secure technology. By integrating with as many technology vendors as possible, we make it even easier for lenders to evolve their processes to new, exciting ways of serving digital consumers – and to close more loans while they’re at it.”

Both LenderClose and Simplifile were named to the 2019 HousingWire Tech100 as two of the top technology companies in the housing industry.

About Author: Mike Albanese

Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.
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