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Measuring the Gap Between eClose Tech and Adoption

New research from digital closing provider Snapdocs has revealed that the majority of lenders who have purchased are not realizing the benefits of the product at scale.

For its survey, “The State of eClose Adoption,” Snapdocs polled 100 of the nation’s top mortgage lenders to identify key trends, challenges, and best practices in adopting eClosing technology in the mortgage space. The report found that 74% of lenders have invested in eClose technology, but only 28% of those offering eClosings have achieved an adoption rate above 60%.

Within the survey, lenders cited the challenges to achieving strong digital closing adoption are the perceived technology costs and limitations regarding security, integration capabilities, support for staff training.

However, 60% of the lenders surveyed reported eClose initiatives remain a top priority, with goals of enhancing the borrower experience, improving margins, increasing staff efficiency, and increasing closing speed. Previous research released by Snapdocs confirms that the average gross savings-per-loan increases as a loan gets more digitized, with eNote and RON representing the greatest opportunity for cost savings.

"Attaining high eClose adoption at scale requires more than just offering capable technology," said Snapdocs CEO Michael Sachdev. "The lenders we see achieving success and maximizing the value of digital closings are those that identify the proper strategy, prioritize change management, and meticulously evaluate eClose providers. Our research shows that this translates into greater adoption and greater savings. Our focus at Snapdocs is to aid our lender customers in maximizing eClose adoption by delivering a fully featured and integrated platform with white-glove support."

According to Snapdocs’ own data, 60% of lenders using Snapdocs eClosing, the company’s digital closing platform, have reached an adoption rate above 60%. This is about double the adoption rate of the lenders surveyed.

Additional key findings from the research include:

  • Among all lenders, the most common closing type is hybrid (62% of loan volume), followed by wet (53%), then eNote (44%).
  • More than one-in-four lenders—26%—only offer wet or non-digital closings.
  • Non-bank lenders such as independent mortgage banks and credit unions are more inclined to offer wet closings, in which the borrower previews all closing documents digitally before attending an in-person appointment, while national and global banks are more likely to offer hybrid closings, and eNotes.
  • Only 11% of lenders offer a fully digital closing using a remote or in-person electronic notarization (RON or IPEN).

Snapdocs combines an open platform, patented artificial intelligence (AI) technology, an extensive settlement network, and a team of industry experts to ensure digital closing success.

Click here to access and download a copy of the report, “The State of eClose Adoption.”

About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.

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