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10/03/2017

eMortgage Revolution: The Fully Digital Future of Mortgage Signings is Here (Part 2 of 2)

Written by Nathan Batts. This is the part 2 of a blog series. Click here to read part 1.

What is Driving the Transition

North Carolina is not the first state to begin offering electronic mortgages, but it is the first state in which the government has taken an active role in the development and rollout. The decision by the Secretary of State to begin a pilot project, convene various market participants together for a discussion, and form an advisory committee with the goal of developing best practices and standards now positions North Carolina to help form the national model for such transactions.

The groundwork began many years ago. The legal basis for digital signatures and documents has existed at the federal level, through such laws as the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign Act), and at the state level in North Carolina, through such laws as the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act found in Article 40 of Chapter 66, since at least the year 2000. Similarly, North Carolina has had a structure for electronic recording and electronic notarization in place since 2005. The North Carolina structure includes safeguards such as a requirement that the electronic notary must be physically present with the borrower so as to protect against fraud or impersonation and duress.

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09/28/2017

eMortgage Revolution: The Fully Digital Future of Mortgage Signings is Here (Part 1 of 2)

Written by Nathan Batts

The mortgage process is time-tested and ancient. While there has been considerable innovation, such as in the ability to shop for rates and apply online, many facets of the mortgage process have remained essentially unchanged. Paper and ink signatures continue to dominate transactions, closings are face-to-face, many documents are mailed, and filings with a local land records office are often still done in person. 

With wholesale transformations occurring everywhere in the banking business, we are at a critical point when changes in both technology and the law underpinning transactions are combining to bring about a new advancement for the mortgage industry. Electronic mortgages are positioned to transition from pilot project initiatives to routine occurrences and finally the new norm. In this article, the focus is on providing a high level explanation of these transactions and how the changes will benefit customers, financial institutions, and other market participants.

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02/21/2017

Going "E" from End to End, Part 2

By Tim Anderson

The days of no pressure are over. Any lender that hasn’t already waded into the ePool had better be ready to jump. With immense regulatory pressure looming, the old method of just doing something is no longer sufficient. It's time for a new tack.

The recent news about the IRS decision is an ex- ample of this. With all the buzz around this news, we’re already hearing from lenders who are interested in a point solution that will allow them to take advantage of this decision for doing business with the IRS. This makes sense because this is front and center in the news, but since these lenders are not considering how this decision impacts the rest of their business, it’s short sighted.

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12/20/2016

What It Took to Make a Fully Paperless Mortgage

This fall, a Massachusetts lender closed on a fully paperless mortgage. The work that led to this rare achievement captures the difficulties originators still face in digitizing the loan process.

Radius Financial Group in Norwell electronically closed six loans beginning in October. The process was created in partnership with the tech vendor DocMagic, the MERS loan registry, Fannie Mae and Santander Bank.

Electronic closings and e-notes have been kicking around for a long time. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have purchased e-mortgages since the early 2000s. But they remain rare, partly because there are few warehouse lenders that can handle these transactions. Rarer still are completely paperless loan processes that combine an electronic closing with an electronically signed promissory note and deed of trust.

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09/07/2016

No More Excuses

New CFPB compliance requirements mandate that it's time for 'e.'

By Tim Anderson

Back in 2002, when Fannie Mae said it would begin buying this thing called a MISMO category one SMART-Doc e-note, some in the industry thought, “If Fannie Mae is mandating it, the world will quickly embrace it.” 


Boy, were those people wrong. 

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08/16/2016

Join us at the eSignRecords2016 Conference!

By Melanie Feliciano
ESRA Executive Board Member; and
Chief Legal Officer,
DocMagic, Inc.

As longtime members of Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA), DocMagic is proud to be a sponsor of this year's eSignRecords2016 Conference. Coming November 2-3 in Washington D.C., this year's signature event will take place at the iconic Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 

I encourage you to take the opportunity to attend this special event. ESRA's annual conference continues to be a unique platform for organizations across a wide variety of industries to meet and exchange ideas, best practices, and unified strategies in the electronic signature and digital transaction arena.

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10/02/2015

DocMagic Selected by PHH Mortgage to Further Enhance its Compliance Capabilities

Press Release:

Enables lenders to adhere with TRID requirements and provides the SmartCLOSE™ portal for settlement providers and other parties to collaborate efficiently, compliantly and cost effectively

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2015 — DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign and eDelivery solutions, announced that PHH Mortgage (“PHH”), one of the largest providers of residential mortgages in the United States, has signed a multi-year license agreement to use its expansive set of products to help ensure compliance with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule that goes into effect on Oct. 3, as well as other federal, state and investor requirements.

“We have worked closely with DocMagic for the last year to thoroughly evaluate, test and integrate their technology and compliance solutions, and we will use various components to ensure we are TRID compliant,” said Eric Sadow, chief compliance and fair lending officer. “We are confident that our use of the DocMagic technology and compliance solutions will meet our needs and the needs of our clients, regulators, investors, partners and borrowers.”

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09/22/2015

Mid America Mortgage, DocMagic and eSignSystems Partner to Enable End-to-End eMortgages

Press Release:
Deal Represents Powerful Marriage of SaaS and On-Premise Technologies and Lays Foundation for True eMortgage

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 22, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) --DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign and eDelivery solutions, announced that Mid America Mortgage, Inc. will utilize DocMagic's SaaS-based compliance and mortgage loan document engine together with the on-premise solutions of DocMagic's recently acquired eSignSystems patented eSigning, eNotary, eVaulting, eRegistration and eRetention solutions.

This is the first time since the acquisition of eSignSystems in October, 2014 that the combination of technologies will be jointly utilized to facilitate a complete eClosing and validate DocMagic's eMortgage model.

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04/20/2015

We're Building a Collaborative Closing Solution!

Our Collaborative Closing Solution is a seamless 2-Way data exchange between lenders and settlement providers!

DocMagic brings lenders, settlement providers and associates together inside our new Collaborative Closing Platform to view and exchange data, coordinate closing costs and audit critical disclosure details prior to closing. DocMagic’s Collaborative Closing Platform is a secure, seamless and dynamic web-based solution designed to efficiently help you meet TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure requirements.

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04/16/2015

Introducing DocMagic’s Integrated Disclosure Solution - Start Testing Now!

We've Made It Easy For You...

DocMagic is focused on delivering fully compliant solutions to increase operational efficiency and reduce risk for our customers. We have completed extensive preparations to implement our new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) capabilities. We know that advance testing of these enhancements will help you to develop your own TRID compliant processes.

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