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Equator Launches Mortgage-Servicing Blockchain Solution

digitalEquator, a California-headquartered Altisource business unit and a provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country’s top servicers, real estate agents, and vendors, has announced an agreement with Factom, Inc. to integrate the Factom Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform into the Equator PRO solution.

Equator PRO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that helps servicers increase efficiency and vendor oversight across the default servicing process. Designed for all portfolio sizes, the Equator PRO product suite of loan management, loan modification, short sale/deed-in-lieu, foreclosure/bankruptcy, and real-estate-owned (REO) focused products, provides servicers with tools to help manage defaulted loans and REO and make more strategic and cost-efficient default servicing decisions.

Factom’s Harmony BaaS platform harnesses the power of blockchain to create an immutable record of activities, data, events, and decisions. Factom’s blockchain solutions will provide a distributed mechanism to preserve data, files, and digital records, making them verifiable and independently auditable.

“Equator is committed to delivering technology that provides transparency and compliance throughout the default process,” said Patrick G. McClain, SVP of Equator and Hubzu Auction Services for Altisource. “Incorporating Factom’s blockchain tools will support our customers’ compliance obligations. At Equator, we are regularly working to improve and advance our default servicing technology, and adding cutting-edge tools like Factom’s Harmony is another example of our continued leadership.”

The addition of Factom’s Harmony provides Equator customers the opportunity to incorporate the recordation of data, documents, and key audit events onto Factom’s blockchain solution. Factom’s Harmony provides options for individual loans to be tracked as individual chains of data on the blockchain. This design allows Equator PRO customers the option to embed blockchain preservation into their various workflows, allowing for an immutable and encrypted blockchain audit record to be built for each loan and each workflow step.

“At Factom we know a practical blockchain solution is needed to specifically deal with complex business data and documents,” said Laurie Pyle, COO of Factom. “We look forward to working with Equator, who shares the vision of using blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the default servicing process.”

Equator PRO with Harmony offers a blockchain technology solution to help address the complexities of the default mortgage process. The combination of Equator’s powerful workflow technology and Factom’s blockchain offers default mortgage participants the opportunity for enhanced tracking, management, and collaboration within the default servicing process. In this model, each party retains their documents, files, and data securely within their data centers while providing confidence in the integrity of the information being shared and accessed.

About Author: David Wharton

David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.
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