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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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FinTech Can’t Beat Community Banks

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My team and I have been called contrarian, which we will take as a compliment; we believe that the best community banks will beat the best FinTech players. Best on best so to speak.

Why do we feel this way?

Because, FinTech cannot win against modern community banks that combine their in-market, relationship-based banking with progressive technology.

To start, we define things a bit differently than most…

Community Bank(ing): ‘It is a way of doing business, not a size. It is about in-market, relationship-based banking.’

Progressive Technology: ‘Mobile-first products built to be banker-first (not bank) to enhance customer relationships, plus, marketplace technology that expands loan opportunities.’

BankLabs‘ ‘why’ is to ensure the survival and growth of community banks. Traditional financial institutions and the companies that have historically served them face disruption like never before. There are approximately 2,400 FinTech companies hunting for success and community banking customers are in their crosshairs.

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Beginnings and Endings in Banking and FinTech

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In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions, doorways and endings. Considered to be one of the most important Roman gods, Janus was often depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions, the past and the future.

This is a great metaphor for what FinTech is not just doing to, but also for regional and community banks… Much like Janus has two faces that represent beginnings and endings; FinTech has unknowingly created a Face of Opportunity for progressive banks looking towards the future, not just the Face of Doom that most have latched onto.

FinTech has technology, easy processes and speed. But now some progressive community banks are deploying mobility technology to get their bankers out of the office, to work with borrowers in person and for those same borrowers to use the mobile technology to get money faster and easier. Community banks are winning this battle now because they can combine the new Mobile Technology + In-market relationship-based banking whereas FinTech just has the tech.

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Sarbanes-Oxley, Construction Lending, and the “Stone Age” of Spreadsheets

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Sarbanes-Oxley mandates improving risk management and making operations more effective and efficient

Does your construction lending department manage its construction loan activities using spreadsheets? Has your bank unintentionally over-funded any construction loans? Has it been a while since you assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of your construction loan administration?

As a board member, audit committee member, or member of the internal audit group, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, are you feeling uneasy? Well, you should be.

By now, everyone in banking considers Sarbanes-Oxley to be old news. After all, it’s been around since 2002, and virtually every bank has beefed up its internal audit capabilities to bring the bank into SOX compliance. What is not so obvious is that Sarbanes-Oxley standards also require that the bank’s internal audit activity evaluate and contribute to the improvement of the organization’s risk management, control, and governance processes. And, internal audit activities must be designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the “effectiveness and efficiency of operations”.

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Two Traits of Community Banks that Will Survive FinTech

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First, let me start with our bias. We believe that everyone, even millennials benefit when they have a community banking relationship.  Why? There simply is no replacement for a face-to-face conversation when something special is needed or goes wrong in your work or personal life.  FinTech startups cannot handle this easily (at least today, but watch for retail partnerships).

Don’t get me wrong, I personally use many electronic only financial institutions and would not give up my investment bank, my ability to deposit checks with a camera, etc.   But they will not have my back when I need something special or unique.  Electronic only is great for single purpose, fast, commoditized transactions for relatively simple exchanges (this too will evolve).

My point?  Community banks that focus on timely, in-market relationship-based banking will do well as we continue along the FinTech disruption continuum. But relationships alone will not be enough; community banks also need modern, easy-to-use, mobile technology for their bankers (notice my emphasis on bankers not banks) to negate the tremendous technology advantage that the new guys bring to the table.

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