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5 Charts that Summarizes Construction during 1 year of Covid-19

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This month marks one year since Covid-19 changed the construction industry, and the world, forever. Boston was amount the first metro areas to issue a stop work order, others were soon to follow. This resulted in a huge dip in production for the industry. The charts show a drastic drop in not only construction employment, but demand for construction in general.

 

Another metric to look at is the Architectural Billing Index. You can really see the effect of Covid-19 on this metric as well. If construction employment and architectural billing plummeted, one metric that did rise was material costs. Employee absences due to illness greatly disrupted transportation and distribution of materials, making accurate estimates in the construction project realm difficult to nail down. With materials fluctuating, this caused a whole new problem for construction lenders.

 

The good news is, all of these metrics are beginning to return to their pre-Covid-19 levels. As talk of vaccines strengthened, contractor confidence and construction employment steadily begin to rise. While architectural billing is still not quite up to pre-pandemic numbers, it does should a steady increase of the last few months, which can only be a positive sign that the industry will be picking up. Some analysists predict that construct may greatly increase to make up for the lag of last year.

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5 charts that summarize a year of COVID-19 in construction | Construction Dive

 

Construction Loan Automation

MBA data shows demand for newly constructed homes jumps 19%

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MBA data shows demand for newly constructed homes jumps 19%

 

2021 has brought something good – more mortgage applications for newly constructed homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association Builder Application Survey data shows that mortgage applications for newly constructed homes jumped 19% compared to last January. This demand is going to increase the demand for mortgage loans as well as help spur new development. All of this is great for the construction lending industry. More construction loans means more fee income, but it also means more work for lenders.

To help gain efficiency and handle the upcoming demand, many banks are looking for digital solutions to streamline their lending process.  Our construction loan automation solution eliminates spreadsheets and cut days off processing time. What does this mean? An 8-12% increase in draw interest, not to mention days saved. Cutting your processing time means your staff can handle more loans without getting overwhelmed.

With the increased demand for newly constructed housing comes an increased demand for construction loan administration. Construct can help you manage this demand.

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https://www.mba.org/2021-press-releases/february/january-new-home-purchase-mortgage-applications-increased-189-percent

 

 

 

 

Bank Director article

Construction Loan Automation helps alleviate top concerns for banks in 2021

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Construction Loan Automation helps alleviate top concerns for banks in 2021

 

Each year BankDirector takes a pulse of the industry, asking top leaders what their biggest concerns are and what is on the minds of bankers around the country. This year, the answer was surprising. With the advancements in technology and the growing trend of M&A, banks are looking to differentiate themselves. How are financial institutions positioning themselves to do this?

One way is by keeping up with the digital demand. Customers and partners alike have become accustomed to modernized digital solutions for common banking practices. This includes an intuitive experience and automation options. The days of exchanging spreadsheets is over. BankLabs has seen an uptick in demand for construction loan automation software. Our solution, Construct, streamlines this process for banks. This not only saves them time but grows their net interest simultaneously. Vendors are seeking digitization from banks, making this software a great differentiator.

BankDirectors survey also revealed that 53% of those surveyed are concerned about net interest margin pressure when thinking about their institutions long term viability. How does Construct help your net interest? By accelerating cycle times, Construct helps you fund draw requests days earlier than before. We have found that on average, our clients increase their draw income by 8-12%.

With changes in face to face business interactions and increased acquisitions across the country, banks are looking to differentiate themselves with digitization and relieve net interest margin pressure. One tool they are finding useful in alleviating both concerns is Construct – a cloud based solution for automating your construction loan needs.

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Governance Survey Results: Directors Sound Off on Diversity, Performance

 

CU Broadcast Interview – SRP FCU’s Will Scott & BankLabs Matt Johnner

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We’re proud to work with credit unions like SRPFCU that prioritize taking care of members . Check out the latest episode of CUBroadcast to hear firsthand from Will Scott of SRP about his experience working with us and how his credit union has been able to grow: https://www.cubroadcast.com/episodes/1107-how-srp-fcu-has-used-banklabs-commercial-lending-technology-to-help-the-credit-union-grow