Little Known Facts About Electronic Trading

Although electronic trading was greeted by brokers unenthusiastically upon its launch in 2003, it has since become one of the cornerstones of the mortgage industry. The simple idea, which began with our launch of Mortgage Trading Exchange (MTE), provided a way of delivering mortgage agreements in principle (AIPs), and processing applications seamlessly between brokers and lenders.

So, what’s happened since then? We thought we’d run down some facts you may not know about electronic trading, and how brokers have taken advantage of this fantastic weapon in their armoury.

Transactions have sky-rocketed
In the first year, around 150 transactions each week were being processed using MTE. Within a couple of years, this had changed to 2,500 weekly transactions, and now, there are between 4,000 and 5,000 mortgage transactions being completed via MTE – the total figure for electronic transactions via our system stands at over two million.

The mortgage sales process continues to be supported
Although some intermediaries were sceptical about it at first, electronic trading is actually designed to support brokers in completing the advice and sales process in, or away from, their office. It offers you offline access to lenders AIPs and full application forms, meaning you only need to go online to submit applications to supporting lenders.

It offers direct access to lenders
Systems such as MTE ensure that brokers can use lenders’ own application forms alongside the platform’s own generic ones. AIPs and applications sent using MTE also go direct to the lenders, without the need to pass through any other portal. It’s just like using the lender’s service, but with more flexibility.

The systems are compliant
Another worry about electronic trading upon its introduction to the industry was whether they would cope with the tough demands and requirements from the FSA/FCA. Fast forward to the future, and the systems have more than stood the test of time with regards to how compliant they are. They have faced hurdles such as MDay and the Mortgage Market Review and surfaced at the other end unscathed.

Flexibility is one of its main strengths
Electronic trading systems allow brokers to work offline and away from the internet. This means that if they client doesn’t have all the information to hand when the mortgage application is being filled out, the application can be stored and accessed at a later date. Most systems will also work with more than one sourcing system, or as a stand-alone application, to offer the broker more choice.

Electronic trading makes brokers faster
Short on time or under pressure? You’re not alone. Many intermediaries are facing the same problems; from other brokers, the internet, or customers with apps. The main problem is clear: competition is fierce, and in order to be ahead of the game, you need to be quick off the mark. Electronic trading can get you responses in less than a minute, and faster responses mean happier clients, more sales and greater efficiency.

Easy re-sending and tracking
Before electronic trading, having a client declined meant having to start an application from the very beginning in order to submit the same application to another lender. With systems like MTE, you can re-use data from a declined application and or AIP, saving you plenty of time and meaning you don’t have to fill out the same information repeatedly.

There are big names behind electronic trading
From its very beginning, electronic trading has had the support by many of the big names in banking. For example, our MTE system is jointly owned by Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, RBS, Virgin Money, Barclays and Santander – not only does this give you peace of mind that the system is safe and secure, it allows you to trade electronically with committed lenders who account for over 65% of mortgages provided by intermediaries.

Already using MTE? Then we’re sure you’ll be familiar with all the fantastic benefits an electronic trading system can offer you.

If this blog has made you think a little more about electronic trading, then you can start using MTE for free today. Simply download the system here, register your details, download your cookie/token, and submit your application forms. It’s as quick as that!

12 things you may not know about mortgage sourcing

Sourcing systems have changed beyond recognition since Peter Nice built the first one in 1986. But are brokers using these systems to their full potential? Mark Lofthouse, CEO of multi-award winning mortgage technology solutions provider Mortgage Brain, has his doubts, so here are his top 12 things brokers might not know about mortgage sourcing.

1 – You can use multiple tabs to illustrate different client scenarios

Clients want to understand their options and after looking at A, B and C they’ll go back to A again. Using a single tab makes that time consuming and confusing. Using the multiple tab option, which are featured on the newest sourcing systems available, however, allows you to both illustrate the different requirements and retain them.

2 – Client searches can be saved and reloaded

Carrying out research for a client is essential. But it all needs recording and storing. The latest mortgage sourcing systems are capable of saving every different scenario and allow you to reload your searches at a later date.

3 – Excluded products can be displayed

Sometimes a product which you think perfectly matches a client’s criteria isn’t displayed in the results. Today’s systems will display both matching and non-matching products so you can see the reasons for exclusion.

 4 – Best buy schemes can be personalised

Clients will often ask you about a ‘best buy’ product they have seen advertised. At the touch of button,  your sourcing system should allow you to tailor the search results to display all the best buy products to meet a client’s requirements.

5 – ‘Standard’ searches can be stored and applied to your client’s terms

Intelligent sourcing systems save time by allowing you to store a number of searches which can be applied to every client with those needs.

6 – Data from other systems can be automatically imported

These days,  systems have improved so much that they can now import information quickly and seamlessly. There’s no reason why you should have to start from scratch and re-key client data.

7 – Overseas mortgages can be sourced just as easily as those from the UK

Simply select the ‘overseas’ filter – your system should have one – and a list of countries will appear. Choose the one you need and the rest of the process is as if sourcing for a UK mortgage.

8 – You can source or produce KFIs for withdrawn products

If a product has been withdrawn, today’s systems allow you to easily find it by using the ‘withdrawn’ filter.

9 – Products and schemes can be manually removed

Sourcing systems should allow you to remove products manually by adding your own exclusion options.

10 – You can source for adverse mortgages

Sourcing systems now provide you with a range of adverse products through the adverse filters option. These filters should help gain and retain clients.

11 – Applying BTL filters can speed up the sourcing process

Today’s sourcing systems allow you to select the BTL filter right at the start, which speeds up the process immensely. Other filters can be applied in the normal way.

12 – The effects of changing mortgage payments can be displayed and illustrated to your clients

A graphing function  is offered by many of today’s systems  which is an excellent visual way of demonstrating the short and long term impact of making such a change.

Product availability soars throughout 2011

The number of mortgage products available to UK mortgage intermediaries has soared during the past 12 months, according to figures released from Mortgage Brain’s Monthly Product Analysis.

An 87% increase (over 6,500 new products) in product availability has been seen in the UK mortgage market during the past year, taking the total number of live mortgage schemes listed on its market leading mortgage sourcing system from 7,519 to 14,052, as of 5th December 2011.

Ten consecutive monthly increases played a key role in the rapid and substantial rise in product availability throughout 2011. Slight declines were seen in October and November; however, the overall yearly performance for 2011 has been the best in over three years when product availability dropped three times throughout the year in 2010 and five times throughout 2009.

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Ingard – Pulse Newsletter – December 2011

Welcome to the Christmas and final edition of the Pulse for 2011.

Who would’ve thought in January that at the end of the year Base Rate would still be at 0.5% and the Government would sell Northern Rock to Virgin Money at a loss of £400m?!

Some of the UK top lenders speaking at the recent Mortgage Business Expo in London predicted that interest rates will not increase until at least 2013. The mood at Expo was much more positive and upbeat than in the last few years. More exhibitors, particularly lenders were in attendance and keen to talk.

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The 2011 IT Benchmark Study

Frank Eve, managing director of Frank Eve Consulting, outlines the results of the annual Benchmark Study comparing lender online distribution and application processing technology.

Technology within the mortgage market has changed out of all recognition over the last decade. Ten years ago discussion revolved around whether brokers would ever complete application data online and how many actually owned a personal computer. Fast forward to today and all application data is keyed online, every lender operates automated decision and underwriting systems integrated with credit reference agencies to provide online in principle decisions, and all intermediaries have to have a personal computer and access to the internet.

During this time Frank Eve Consulting Limited has produced an annual Benchmark Study comparing lender online distribution and application processing technology. The study, in its 10th year, has become the industry’s definitive survey of mortgage distribution and automated underwriting technology.

The objectives of the study have remained the same over the years – to assess market conditions in the light of the industry’s ongoing technology requirements and set the standard for emerging best practice in lender intermediary technology, as well as assisting lenders in understanding their competitive positioning.

Over the last few years the study has expanded to obtain intermediary feedback on lender distribution technology. Three separate pieces of research were undertaken this year, which when combined provide a unique assessment of emerging best practice in intermediary distribution technology.

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Mortgage Brain set to acquire MortgageStream

Mortgage Brain, the market leading mortgage technology solutions provider, has announced that it has agreed the terms to acquire point-of-sale and case management provider, MortgageStream.

The acquisition, which is expected to be concluded within the next few months, will mean that MortgageStream’s customers will have direct access to multiple product channels including mortgage sourcing, e-trading, website provision plus a wide range of business partners offering cross sales opportunities.

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Your complimentary place at The Mortgage Event

In less than a month’s time, The Mortgage Event will travel to four different locations around the country – bringing the industry’s leading figures to a venue near you. Each programme is specifically tailored to address the current issues and concerns facing mortgage professionals in the area.

The Mortgage Event will be visiting:

• Bristol, Marriot City Centre – 7th December
• Reading, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre – 8th December
• Manchester, Hilton Manchester Airport – 14th December
• Durham, Radisson Blu Durham – 15th December

These concise morning events will include:

• Keynote addresses from acknowledged experts in the industry – and your chance to
question them directly.
• A combination of informative presentations and interactive Q&A sessions.
• The chance to network informally over a complimentary breakfast.
• The opportunity to claim 15 CPD points for attending.

The Mortgage Event is free to attend, but only limited spaces remain.

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