Digital Mortgage: Fast, simple, secure—and environmentally-friendly
When Guaranteed Rate invented the Digital Mortgage, it was in order to make the homebuying process as smooth and efficient as possible. Not just for customers, but for their agents and loan originators, as well. As CEO and founder Victor Ciardelli said at the time:
"We are moving the mortgage industry into a new and innovative area as the first company to offer a comprehensive Digital Mortgage product nationwide. Our Digital Mortgage leverages cutting-edge technology to improve the borrower's experience, streamline the process for loan originators alike and simply make obtaining a mortgage so much easier."
This new way of getting a mortgage was designed to be faster, more secure and more accurate than previous versions, which involved paper transactions and hours and hours of faxing.
Good for everyone, including the earth
One more way that this improved upon the traditional pen-and-paper mortgage transaction—it was significantly more environmentally responsible.
As Guaranteed Rate has made improvements to the Digital Mortgage over the years, the number of pages needed to complete a home purchase has gone down to almost zero. When FlashClose was introduced a couple of years ago, it immediately cut down on the amount of paper used at every closing.* And as we it has been improved over time, FlashClose has allowed some borrowers to complete the whole process online—from application, through documentation, to closing.
Fewer pages = More trees
This process cuts down on paper and saves trees. Just one mortgage, using the full FlashClose experience, including signing almost all of the closing documents digitally, eliminates the need for about 137 pieces of paper. What’s known as a hybrid eclose allows borrowers to digitally sign and handle most, but not all, of their documentation, and eliminates about 49 per mortgage.
And those pieces of paper really add up!
In 2020, Guaranteed Rate companies has funded 141,592 mortgages using either our full FlashClose package, or a hybrid version. Here are the numbers:
- 137,580 hybrid eclosings
- 4,012 full eclosings
Total that up with the average pieces of paper saved per each, and that’s:
- 7,291,064 pieces of paper
- 14,582 pounds of paper
- And approximately 700 trees saved in 2020
It’s hard to figure out the exact amount of paper you can get from a tree, so we’re using some back-of-the-envelope math from the Sierra Club. And when you consider the environmental impact of making paper in mills, and let’s just say that the world’s first digital mortgage is a pretty good thing for the earth.
FlashClose is not eligible for all loan types or investors. Eligible for conforming and jumbo loans as well as primary, 2nd home and investment properties. Applicant subject to credit and underwriting approval. Not all applicants will be approved for financing. Receipt of application does not represent an approval for financing or interest rate guarantee. Title company restrictions may apply, not eligible for HFA programs. Contact Guaranteed Rate, Inc. for current rates and for more information.