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“To Measure is to Know” – Lord Kelvin

One of the hurdles that advocates of digital lending have faced in convincing their companies to undertake a major digital transformation has been the ability to show hard ROI. Everyone believes in the potential of digital – faster, cheaper, more efficient – but there’s been a lack of hard numbers to prove it – until now. Recently two different surveys, commissioned by Notarize and ICE respectively, drilled down into the benefits of eClosing solutions and put hard numbers against them. Notarize’s study found that lenders can save up to $444 per loan and title agents up to $100 per loan when using an eClosing solution. ICE’s study found that lenders can save 70 minutes per loan and shave 2 days off the loan cycle using the company’s hybrid eClosing system.

The bottom line is that with an eClosing solution in place lenders can close loans faster with fewer errors and save more money than with an in-person or legacy paper process. These studies are an important step for our industry, and something we look forward to helping our clients understand. – Armando

Wolters Kluwer Acquires IDS

Wolters Kluwer recently announced the acquisition of IDS. IDS will become part of Wolter Kluwer’s Governance, Risk, and Compliance Group, a leading provider of compliance software for U.S. banks, lenders, credit unions, insurers, and securities firms. The acquisition further builds out Wolters Kluwer’s presence in the eClosing space. At the end of 2020, the company also acquired eOriginal.

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MISMO Looking to Create Standards for eVaults

MISMO has issued a call for participants for its new development workgroup (DWG) focused on creating eVault standards that improve the current process, enhance digital mortgage scalability and help ensure the seamless transfer of eNotes to facilitate their sale to investors. The new eVault Standards DWG will work with industry participants, government agencies, and other stakeholders to create a single set of standards to streamline eVault operations.

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Your MERS Annual Report is Coming

It’s never too early to start planning for your MERS Annual Report. Although it is not due until December 31, MERS servicers can submit the Annual Report beginning in June. Falcon Capital Advisors is one of a handful of approved Annual Report third-party review firms. We can schedule our review of your organization’s MERS policies and procedures to occur any time in the year and then work with you during the submission window to submit your Annual Report to MERS. Contact us at [email protected] to get started.

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Servicers Going Digital with eModification

In a recent interview with DS News, Tim Anderson, the President of Evolve Mortgage Services‘ eMortgage Division discusses the benefits of eModification for servicers. Anderson said, “With an eModification, the entire loan modification process – including notarizing the new loan – can all be done online. An eModification enables servicers to process loan modifications more quickly and easily than they would under traditional, antiquated, paper-based processes.”

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Snapdocs First to Achieve MISMO Certification for eClosing System

Snapdocs’ eClosing platform, procedures, and policies have been certified as compliant with MISMO’s requirements. Snapdocs is the first, and at the moment only, eClosing provider to achieve this certification from MISMO.

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New Hampshire Completes First RON eClosing

Summit Title just completed the first RON eClosing in the state of New Hampshire. As consumers are increasingly demanding fully remote access to facilitate loans and mortgages, states are establishing or expanding RON measures, New Hampshire passed RON into law last year. Summit used Stavvy’s digital closing and RON tools.

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Brief Takeaways from MISMO’s Winter Summit By Tim Cooper, Manager, Digital Practice

MISMO’s recent Winter Summit in Clearwater, FL attracted a like number of in-person and virtual attendees: 154 vs. 154. (Full disclosure: I was scheduled to go but at the last minute tested positive and had to go virtually)

Based on the sessions I attended, the overall mood of the conference was upbeat. There was a fair amount of discussion about new people coming into the digital mortgage sector and generally positive outlooks of increased adoption in the new year. For the first time since the pandemic began, representatives from the GSEs were able to attend in person, and they reiterated their goal of keeping everyone focused on the digital mortgage initiatives.

In terms of new technology, the community saw a demo of a new eVault validation tool for eNotes. The project, which was funded by MISMO, was well received by the attendees who felt it will help address interoperability issues.

An update was given on the status of the approval of MISMO version 3, the expectation among the MISMO community was that the doc form would be fully approved by Q2 and most likely would initially be used on other document types besides eNote: for example, closing estimates, appraisal forms, HELOC agreements.

From a government news perspective, Lynne Chandler of Ginnie Mae discussed the investors new APM on eModifications of paper notes.

10.26.21 – Update: New Date for HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale 2022-1 (“HVLS 2022-1”) – Now December 1, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has announced an update to the date for the upcoming HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale (“HVLS 2022-1”). The new date for this sale is now December 1, 2021, which replaces the previous sale date of November 10, 2021.

The sale will consist of due and payable Secretary-Held loans. The loans are first liens secured by 1 to 4-unit, vacant residential properties where the last surviving borrower is deceased. This sale will include increased bidding opportunities for non-profit and state & local government purchasers.

Entities interested in participating can contact the Office of Asset Sales Single Family Transaction Specialist at 1-844-709-0763 or email [email protected] for more information.

For prospective bidders to this sale, please refer to the section on this webpage entitled, For Prospective HUD Asset Sale Bidders, to become a qualified bidder and receive the Bidder Information Package for HVLS 2022-1.

09.16.21 – Announcing the HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale 2022-1 (“HVLS 2022-1”).

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has announced the latest HUD-Held Vacant Loan Sale (“HVLS 2022-1”).

On November 10, 2021, HUD will offer multiple residential mortgage pools consisting of approximately 1,700 notes and a loan balance of approximately $417 million.

The sale will consist of due and payable Secretary-Held loans. The loans are first liens secured by 1 to 4-unit, vacant residential properties where the last surviving borrower is deceased.  This sale will include increased bidding opportunities for non-profit and state & local government purchasers.

Entities interested in participating can contact the Office of Asset Sales Single Family Transaction Specialist at 1-844-709-0763 or email [email protected] for more information.