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FormFree and Freddie Mac Partner to Automate Income and Asset Assessment to Safely Speed Origination Process

ATHENS, Ga. -- Freddie Mac has named FormFree(R) a designated third-party service provider for automated income and asset assessment capabilities. The announcement came as the GSE unveiled new enhancements to Loan Advisor(SM) at the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention and Expo in Washington, D.C.

Loan Advisor is Freddie Mac's set of integrated software applications designed to take cost out of the origination process and help mortgage lenders acquire relief from certain representations and warranties. By fully automating the assessment of borrower income and assets with data from FormFree and other approved third-party sources, Freddie Mac can offer lenders rep and warranty relief when the data meets its underwriting and eligibility requirements.

Freddie Mac's automated asset and income assessment capabilities are currently available in limited release, and the GSE said it plans to make its asset offering broadly available before the end of the year. FormFree direct deposit income assessment capabilities are expected to debut in early 2019. Both capabilities will be accessed through Loan Product Advisor(R), Freddie Mac's automated underwriting system that is part of Loan Advisor.

"Speeding up the origination process by automating the assessment of borrower assets and income is just one way we are giving our clients the Freddie Edge(SM)," said Samuel E. Oliver III, Freddie Mac Vice President, Major Project Execution, Single-Family Business. "Through our partnership with FormFree, we're helping lenders provide their borrowers with an easier and faster mortgage experience."

"This is a long-anticipated announcement that should excite lenders who are looking to add efficiency and choice to their origination and secondary market workflows," said Brent Chandler, founder and CEO of FormFree. "As the industry's original provider of automated asset and income verification, we are a proud partner in Freddie Mac's efforts to reimagine the mortgage experience and deliver an origination process that is easier and more efficient for lenders and consumers alike."

"This partnership with FormFree and Freddie Mac is another step toward realizing the true digital mortgage," said Parvesh Sahi, senior vice president of business development, Ellie Mae. "By offering asset verification services through our Encompass Lending Platform, we're maximizing efficiency and adding value for our lenders while streamlining the application process for borrowers."

Ellie Mae's Encompass Consumer Connect(tm) is among the more than 100 mortgage technology platforms that currently integrate FormFree's flagship AccountChek asset verification service. FormFree's end-to-end integration with Encompass Consumer Connect gives lenders a fully streamlined mortgage application and automated validation of asset and income through Ellie Mae's partnership with Freddie Mac's Loan Product Advisor.

About FormFree(R):
FormFree is a fintech company whose market-leading AccountChek(R) Asset Reports are used by lenders nationwide to verify borrower assets, employment and income in minutes. To date, more than 1,000 U.S. lenders have ordered over 1.25 million AccountChek Asset Reports, delighting their customers with a paperless experience and reducing origination timelines by up to 20 days. FormFree offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and their investors using a secure ReIssueKey(tm). A HousingWire TECH100(tm) company for four consecutive years, FormFree is based in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit https://www.formfree.com or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

About Freddie Mac:
Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we've made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders, investors and taxpayers. Learn more at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog FreddieMac.com/blog.

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Freddie Mac Expands eMortgage Solutions with DocMagic’s eVault Technology to Store and Control eNotes

TORRANCE, Calif. -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced today that Freddie Mac has implemented its SaaS-based eVault technology and SmartREGISTRY(TM) platform.

DocMagic's eVault provides a secure electronic repository for storing documents and performing automated eNote certification to Freddie Mac eMortgage lenders via Loan Selling Advisor(R). By automating the eNote certification process, Freddie Mac will speed the funding process, thereby improving liquidity in the mortgage markets and reducing lender's warehouse line costs.

"Freddie Mac is committed to streamlining the mortgage process for lenders and borrowers, and has been a leader in purchasing eMortgages since 2006," said Andy Higgenbotham, Freddie Mac's Single Family Chief Operating Officer. "We rolled out our automated certification process in 2015 to speed up the funding process, thereby improving liquidity in the mortgage markets and reducing lender's warehouse line costs. We are now expanding this process to include the DocMagic platform."

DocMagic's eVault provides safe and secure storage for sensitive loan documents. It also automatically parses and validates data in a SmartDoc eNote against data in the user's core system of record. Additionally, DocMagic's SmartREGISTRY platform enables holders of eNotes to securely transfer these electronic documents to other eVault systems, such as those used by investors, conduit aggregators and servicers. Ultimately, it facilitates real-time access, delivery, storage and much needed control of electronic loan files.

"Freddie Mac has been a long-time visionary and champion of eMortgages over the years and has made great strides with their unwavering commitment to automation across the supply chain," stated Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO at DocMagic. "Now, with the successful rollout of SmartDoc eNote data validation prior to funding, this demonstrates the advantages and a clear-cut ROI of going completely 'e.' We look forward to ongoing collaboration with Freddie Mac and to further adoption of the digital mortgage process."

Notable is that that Freddie Mac encourages the use of 'SMART' (securable, manageable, archivable, retrievable, transferable) eNotes because static documents do not contain source data, and thus make it difficult, costly and time consuming to confirm the data on documents match.

DocMagic established a process that guides lenders on how to begin using SmartDoc eNotes. The company's eVault technology is integrated with its Total eClose(TM) platform, which is a comprehensive eClosing solution that creates a 100 percent paperless digital mortgage process - from origination through eClosing, eWarehouse lending, investor eDelivery and eServicing.

About DocMagic:

DocMagic, Inc. is the leading provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign and eDelivery solutions for the mortgage industry. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Torrance, Calif., DocMagic, Inc. develops software, mobile apps, processes and web-based systems for the production and delivery of compliant loan document packages. The company's compliance experts and in-house legal staff consistently monitor legal and regulatory changes at both the federal and state levels to ensure accuracy. For more information on DocMagic, visit http://www.docmagic.com.

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MCT Integrates its MCTlive! Secondary Marketing Software with Freddie Mac for Automated Loan Sale Pricing and Commitment

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced new functionality that delivers real-time pricing and automates loan committing for Freddie Mac clients. MCT's lender clients receive the pricing information seamlessly via its integrated capital markets technology platform, MCTlive! MCT is the first vendor to have successfully completed the first commitment via Freddie Mac's new API technology.

After completing Best Execution Analysis and determining loans to be sold to Freddie Mac, lenders use Rapid Commit functionality which intelligently completes product selection and delivers commitments for all loans with a single click. MCTlive! Rapid Commit interfaces bi-directionally with Freddie Mac's Loan Selling Advisor system in real-time.

"We are proud to leverage the system-to-system Pricing and Commitment functionalities within the newly released Freddie Mac APIs," stated Phil Rasori, COO at MCT. "This integration is a significant step on our road map for increased technology collaboration with Freddie Mac for the benefit of our mutual lender clients."

MCTlive! Rapid Commit functionality speeds up the committing process, ensures data integrity, and optimizes best execution for all commitments. Working within MCTlive!, users leverage Rapid Commit to run initial best execution, confirm Freddie Mac eligibility, and analyze the optimal subset sizes and products to deliver as individual commitments. MCTlive! has converted a once manual process to a completely automated and efficient solution.

MCT and Freddie Mac look forward to continuing to collaborate for the benefit of mutual clients. Lenders interested in leveraging MCT Rapid Commit to improve their loan sale process should schedule a consultation.

About MCT:
Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully-integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT offers an array of best-in-class services and software covering mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR portfolio valuations, business intelligence analytics, mark to market services, and an award-winning comprehensive capital markets software platform called MCTlive!

MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes. Headquartered in San Diego, California, MCT also has offices in Philadelphia, Santa Rosa, Los Angeles and Dallas. MCT is well known for its team of capital markets experts and senior traders who continue to provide the boutique-style hands-on engagement clients love. For more information, visit https://mct-trading.com/ or call (619) 543-5111.

About Freddie Mac:
Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we've made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers. Learn more at www.FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog.

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Cloudvirga and Freddie Mac Team Up to Deliver a Better Borrower Experience, Maximize Fungibility

IRVINE, Calif. -- Cloudvirga(TM), a leading provider of digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) software whose enterprise technology is powered by the intelligent Mortgage Platform(R), today launched single-click submission of loan data to both GSEs' automated underwriting systems (AUS) in a collaborative effort with Freddie Mac, delivering on the industry need for greater transactional ease.

The dual-AUS submission and review process allows lenders to maximize loan fungibility in the secondary market and improve loan quality through automation. Cloudvirga works behind the scenes to automate review of each GSEs' AUS' findings report, applying rules-based logic and predictive analytics to determine the best path for a loan without adding manual review tasks or interfering with a loan team's preferred origination workflow.

"We're empowering loan officers and back-office teams with data and augmented intelligence and making it effortless to deliver the best possible borrower experience while maximizing loan performance in the secondary market," said Kyle Kamrooz, Cloudvirga Co-founder.

Running loan data through both AUSs up front allows loan officers to identify opportunities to help borrowers save money and close loans faster. For example, a loan may not qualify for an automated appraisal waiver from both GSEs. Avoiding the need for an appraisal can save borrowers anywhere from $300 to over a thousand dollars and shorten loan cycle times by days or weeks. Dual-AUS submission will ensure loan officers have a full picture of the options available for their borrowers and can provide the best borrower experience.

"Freddie Mac is committed to helping all lenders maximize loan fungibility while maintaining transactional ease, reducing origination costs and improving the borrower experience," said Rick Lang, Vice President, Loan Advisor Suite Strategy and Integration for the Single-Family business at Freddie Mac. "We're confident Cloudvirga's 'AUS agnostic' submission will demonstrate that selecting Loan Product Advisor on a per-loan basis will add value for both lenders and borrowers."

The functionality will be available to Cloudvirga customers with Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor's 4.8 release. Loan Product Advisor 4.8 also adds new support for automated validation of borrower asset and income data.

About Cloudvirga(TM):

Cloudvirga's digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) software, powered by the intelligent Mortgage Platform(r), uniquely combines a world-class borrower experience with a truly automated lender workflow that radically cuts overall loan costs, increases transparency and reduces the time to close a loan. Founded by top fintech veterans with a track record of building successful mortgage technologies, Cloudvirga's initial customer roster includes nine of the top 40 non-bank mortgage originators. To date, Cloudvirga has raised over $27 million from some of the country's top lenders and venture capital firms.

For more information, visit http://www.cloudvirga.com/ or follow Cloudvirga on LinkedIn.

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IDS Receives Certification from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac for Its UCD XML File

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Mortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), announced its Uniform Closing Dataset (UCD) XML file has been certified to meet all UCD requirements by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the GSE's September 25 deadline for UCD delivery. To have its UCD XML file certified by the GSEs, IDS underwent an extensive testing process to ensure the dataset was delivered in a GSE-acceptable format.

"With the implementation deadline for UCD looming, we knew we wanted to get ahead of the changes to ensure our clients have a seamless transition once implementation is required, and having our XML file certified by the GSEs is a major step in that direction," said Mark Mackey, vice president and general manager of IDS. "To be the first mortgage document vendor to have its XML file certified by the GSEs is a testament to IDS's commitment to keeping our clients ahead of the compliance curve and enhance their ability to deliver defect-free loan documents and data."

According to the GSEs, the UCD "is a component of the Uniform Mortgage Data Program(R) (UMDP(R)), an ongoing effort by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the direction of our regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to provide a common industry dataset to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Closing Disclosure."

Beginning this fall, lenders selling to the GSEs will be required to submit the XML file, which includes a PDF copy of the Closing Disclosure (CD), prior to delivery of the final loan package for all loans with a Note Date on or after September 25, 2017. In this initial phase, the GSEs will only require the borrower CD and associated data. After a year, lenders will then have to provide the seller CD and associated data in the UCD file as well. The UCD XML file created by IDS is already capable of embedding and delivering the CD and data for both the borrower and the seller.

"The aim of the UCD is to provide the mortgage industry with consistency, clarity and transparency - all of which are also long-held goals for the mortgage industry - so this is one of the few instances where change is welcome," Mackey added. "IDS has always strived to provide our clients with strong LOS integrations to deliver a uniform experience that maintains the integrity of the data being exchanged, and the UCD simply helps us take that enterprise to the next level."

About IDS, Inc.:

IDS, a Reynolds and Reynolds company, was founded in 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a nationwide provider of mortgage documents and compliance. IDS services include electronic signatures, closing documents, initial disclosures, document fulfillment and integration with leading loan origination systems and eClosing platforms. The IDS flagship doc prep solution, idsDoc, is recognized in the industry for its ability to be customized to meet specific lender needs, particularly in regards to major industry compliance changes. Information: http://info.idsdoc.com/.

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