Blend Coffee Break
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Happy New Year, Blend Community!As we excitedly start out fresh with 2023, what are some of your goals for this year?Personally, I definitely hope to:🏃 Get back into the gym 👪 Spend more time with my family 🏡 Settle into (and explore) ColoradoBut….Don’t forget about your professional development!Blend Community is here for you! But don’t forget about your professional development. Blend Community is also here for you! 🤝 Grow your professional network Introduce yourself to the Community and connect with financial professionals here in Blend Community--there are 1200 financial professionals here using the same tools as you! It’s great to have friends across the industry! 🤷 Ask a question - Start a conversationDon’t be shy to ask questions. We have some extremely clever people here that have expertise to share. You’ll learn more about what is possible and your question will help hundreds of others.📅 Join an upcoming Office Hours webinar or other Blend EventWe host monthly Office Ho
Welcome to our Blend Coffee Break area! This category is the place for all off-topic conversations. This can include:Trends in the Industry News in the finance world Real Estate tips and tricks Personal Stories Networking with peers, but please no soliciting of any kind and no poaching. Friday Fun and Monday Musings - anything to make us be thoughtful and smile.Remember to follow our Community Guidelines, and have fun! ChelseaCommunity Manager
Historically, income verification has been time-consuming, error-prone, and a source for interruptions during the loan process. That’s why we introduced Blend Income Verification, a streamlined experience that takes a proactive approach. Are you taking advantage of our income verification solution? Learn more about what you may be missing out on. How have you streamlined the mortgage process for your teams and customers?
Not only is effective marketing a necessary foundation for your business’ success, but it’s also more important than ever now if you’re looking to minimize the cost of acquisition. One marketing tool we believe is essential is technology that helps you provide the best home loan experience possible for your customers. This includes automated features that save you and your borrowers time, guided assistance throughout the loan process, and an end-to-end streamlined journey – all of which we provide. Learn about the 4Ps of marketing and the impactful tools you can use to better your business. What marketing tools do you use on a daily basis?
Do you know all about your customers’ challenges? We conducted a study with Aite Group to explore where consumers faced obstacles during the homeownership process. With these findings, we believe it’s imperative to reframe the homeownership journey around the consumer with lenders focusing on providing the support and education their borrowers need. Learn more about consumer pain points and what they need from you during the homeownership process. How do you ensure the mortgage process is centered on your customers?
In 2020, the adoption of remote online notarization rose by 547% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s likely that it’s here to stay. Did you know that our end-to-end platform supports this digital process? Learn about the benefits of remote online notarization and the Blend features you may be missing out on. How have you benefited from remote online notarization?
Friday’s finally here! As I’m looking forward to the weekend, it always involves some down time watching a movie or TV show in the evening. So, looking for some ideas:What is a movie or TV show you’ve enjoyed recently? Or what’s your all time favorite movie?My all time favorite has to be The Princess Bride! But lately, I’ve been watching Brooklyn 99 as a fun way to end my day. I’d love to hear your suggestions or current favorites below 👇
Being able to ease worries and solve problems for your customers is essential to providing excellent customer service. But do you know all about your borrowers’ top challenges throughout the home loan journey? Check out our study conducted by Aite Group that details homebuyer pain points. What are some common challenges your customers face?
People of color face multiple barriers when it comes to achieving the dream of homeownership. We believe that technology is the answer to this and are taking action to help increase financial access for more people who want to buy a home. Take a look at our conversation about the role that technology can play in more inclusive housing practices. How do you think the mortgage and real estate industries can create more housing opportunities?
Customer relationships are the life force that drive a loan officer’s business. It makes sense that spending time on that is more valuable than spending time performing routine tasks during the loan process. Fortunately, helping you save time is one of our priorities. Do you know about all of Blend’s time-saving features that help you build meaningful relationships and close more loans? Learn how your peers are taking advantage of our products. What are some strategies your loan teams use to save time?
Historically, verification of income (VOI) has been labor-intensive and tedious. Last year, we announced Blend Income Verification, which is our streamlined digital solution for income. This helps make for a more efficient lending process and allow for verification of more income sources, instantly. Are you taking advantage of this feature for your business? Learn more by watching our webinar What digital loan features do you use that help with application completion and processing acceleration?
As we kick off the weekend, what’s on your playlist? What are you listening to--while you work--or while you enjoy your time away from the desk? What would a Blend playlist look like? Please give me some recommendations of your favorite music to add to my playlist. Anything! I like a variety of music, punk, indie, classic rock, some country, 90s rap, rock/alternative. Share your favorite musical gems in the comments!I’ll kick us off: something a little mellow that I can listen to while I work, but also relaxing to play around my house while I relax on the weekend: Coldplay - Yellow:
Thank you to all who attended the July Office Hours on Wednesday 7/13!😀 As a follow-up to our Office Hours today, we wanted to share a few take-aways! ✅Reminder- to sign up for our next Office Hours, start on the Community Homepage → Events → [Month] Office Hours, and Register! Home Equity - Discover the power of a personalized approach to marketing home equity. Helping customers meet their long-term financial goals builds trust and deepens relationships. Inside this ebook, you’ll find a breakdown of the many rich opportunities home equity offers as well as recommendations on how to integrate home equity into your marketing strategy right away. Customer Subject Matter Expert Program - If you want to learn more check out this Customer SME Program Overview attached below and apply to become a Customer SME. If you have any questions about this program or feedback on Blend Community please reach out to Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loan officers and their teams have experienced greater efficiency, improved transparency and communication, and minimized overall workload with our end-to-end mortgage experience. Do you know about all our offerings that help improve loan team processes? Check out the features and tools you may have been missing out on. I’d love to hear from you! Tell us some strategies that have helped your loan teams improve their workload.
Demand for home equity products is increasing, and more consumers are searching for ways to invest in their home. We partnered with Nazare Advisors to explore how you can help build home equity strategies, create lasting relationships, and positively influence the borrower experience. Are you ensuring your consumers are as successful as possible in their home equity journey? Read more about how you can help improve their experience. What are some of your tips for a successful home equity strategy?
You know how important it is for a borrower to experience a seamless loan process from application to closing. To ensure you’re not missing out on any opportunities, check out some ways you may not have known about that help encourage consistent communication and more transparency during the loan process. How do your loan teams ensure a seamless mortgage experience?
Hey everyone, Is there any interest in starting a thread where requests for enhancements/new features/new integration partners/etc are shared, developed, and voted on by the community? I think it could be really helpful to everyone if clients had a place to collaborate on solutions and show our support for ideas we think could benefit the whole community.
You know borrowers expect a seamless home equity process from application to closing and everything in between. But did you know our technology offers features that help simplify many steps of the home equity customer journey and offers intuitive guidance? These aspects help keep your customers coming back for a great home equity experience. Check out what features you may be overlooking that help create lasting relationships. How have your loan teams simplified the loan process for borrowers?
Many of our customers have found there’s more efficiency and less confusion with an end-to-end mortgage system. They have even experienced sped up loan cycles and higher loan volumes. Are you fully taking advantage of the Blend tools that help facilitate an end-to-end mortgage? Learn how other users are benefiting from one. How have your teams adopted an end-to-end mortgage experience?
Although the mortgage process can get tedious for loan teams, there are many ways Blend can help simplify and optimize the transaction. In fact, loan officers at Lennar Mortgage have found they can save two hours on each loan with our Mortgage Suite. Have you utilized all of our features that can help you streamline the home financing process? Read about what you may be missing out on. How have your teams simplified the mortgage process for borrowers?
Closing day should be one of the most exciting steps of the mortgage process, and digitizing closings can create a better experience for both borrowers and loan teams. Mortgage professionals who used Blend Close have been able to close two additional loans per day and saw fewer closing errors. Are you making the most of Blend Close? Check out the digital closing features you may be overlooking. How have digital closings improved the mortgage experience for your borrowers and loan teams?
Hello,How’s the Community. Are all the neighbors friendly and is there a place close by to get an expresso. I like a good ice Mocha with 3 shots. Just trying to figure my way around with what these merit badges , categories, tags and getting set up with the new Release Notes process etc. It’s Hump Day all down hill from here. Working for the sunny weekend ! 😎
Time is of the essence for loan officers, and we can provide the tools needed to help make the most of it. EVP and COO Ruth Green of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. stated that their team of 900 LOs has been able to speed up transactions and eliminate many hurdles during the process with Blend’s technology. Have you been making the most of our time-saving offerings? Check out some of our tips to close more loans and how Blend can help. What are some of your tried and true tips to gain more mortgage opportunities?
Helping as many borrowers as possible achieve their homeownership goals is the top priority for loan officers. Did you know we built an integration with Fannie Mae’s rental payments feature in Desktop Underwriter to help do just that? Read how you can help those without traditional credit histories with this feature in our Blend Mortgage Suite. How have your teams extended their reach to help as many homebuyers as possible?
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