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DocuSign Delivers on Digital Closing Vision with Rooms for Mortgage Offering

Company announces DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage is entering into beta ahead of release next year

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2018 -- As part of its goal to make the home buying process digital from end to end, DocuSign today announced that its latest solution—DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage—will enter beta testing ahead of its general availability in the spring of next year. DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage is a secure, collaborative, compliant solution for lenders to support their residential lending process.

The company, which offers the world's #1 e-signature solution as part of its broader System of Agreement Platform, shared the news at the annual Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) conference and expo in Washington D.C. And it marks what Georg Gerstenfeld, the general manager of global real estate solutions at DocuSign, believes is the final step in taking the mortgage process digital.

"For years, we've seen widespread adoption of e-signatures across the home buying process—the ease of use, simplicity and time-savings can transform the experience for all parties, and that has led to more than 2.5 million real estate transactions being DocuSigned each year," said Gerstenfeld. "We've seen great success with DocuSign Rooms for Real Estate and wanted to expand this experience into our mortgage offering. DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage provides a single digital destination for the parties involved in buying and selling to come together, process and finalize the transaction."

With more than 50 million homes in the US having a mortgage—and with the industry employing over a million people—DocuSign built a solution specifically to address the need for a better closing experience. Rooms for Mortgage will bring efficiencies to the process, enhance communication across all contributors, and support compliant transactions.

"As a partner to 13 of the top 15 US financial services companies, we work hard to stay connected with our customers and share their vision for bringing a digital closing option to mortgage. Rooms for Mortgage not only offers this to DocuSign customers, but also helps complete the home buyer's experience. This means, from the borrower's first interaction with a potential lender all the way through to the settlement agent recording the deeds with the county, the process can be digital and compliant," added Gerstenfeld.

DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage delivers a digital environment for the borrower, lender and settlement agent, and leverages DocuSign's broader suite of solutions for Digital Closing—including eSignature, eNotary, eNote, and eVault. It also facilitates several variants of the digital closing experience, depending on the what is legally-permissible in each state, and how digitally-advanced each party is:

  • Slim Closing: A flexible, hybrid option that allows lenders to reduce the paperwork involved in closing by 70%. This solution combines eSignature and eNotarization, along with DocuSign connectors to leading mortgage systems. This option from DocuSign is used on a national scale at Guild Mortgage and Caliber Home Loans and will be made more powerful with Rooms for Mortgage.
  • Full Digital Closing: DocuSign's Full Digital Closing solution delivers an entirely electronic mortgage, approved by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, leveraging the components of Slim Closing along with an eNote that is stored in an eVault.

Guild Mortgage, a top-10 lender by purchase loan volume and ranked #1 "Highest Customer Satisfaction with Primary Mortgage Originations" by J.D. Power, is already partnering with DocuSign to deliver Slim Closing at scale. Lisa Klika, senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Guild, pioneered this implementation, stating "Our eClose option combines DocuSign's trusted, user-friendly e-signature technology that is already widely used in the industry with the personal touch Guild is known for in order to offer our customers a better lending experience," said Klika. "The Rooms for Mortgage launch marks an exciting time in our industry as we take another step closer to realizing a digital future."

DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage will enter closed beta testing with a handful of key customers later this month. The beta is expected to last up to six months, after which all learnings will be integrated and the final Docusign Rooms for Mortgage will hit general availability in spring next year.

For more information on DocuSign's strategy and solutions for real estate, please visit https://www.docusign.com/industries/real-estate.

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