Amrock aims to offer smartphone closings everywhere they're allowed

AMROC aims to provide smartphone shutdown services in every permitted location

The Rocket Companies subsidiary will roll out mobile eClosings for purchase loans by the end of 2022, a sign that the practice of attending the closing ceremony in person may soon be coming to an end.

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With all but a large number of countries now allowing remote online documentation, property and settlement services provider, Amrock is ready to give its clients the ability to close a home loan on a smartphone from anywhere in the world.

The Rocket Companies, Amrok’s parent company, allows borrowers to make Rocket Mortgage loans and lock in their smartphone rates.

Developed by Amrock’s proprietary technology for Electronic Mortgage Closing (eClose), “the latest step in Rocket companies’ creation of a seamless and comprehensive real estate experience that customers can use to go from app to closing on the iPhone or Android phone they use every day” The company said.

After launching a pilot program in April, AMROCK is now providing Online Remote Authentication Electronic Lockouts (RON) to borrowers who refinance, wherever state laws allow the practice.

Amarok plans to roll out portable RON capabilities to purchase mortgages in those states by the end of the year, CEO Nicole Petty told Inman, allowing borrowers to video chat with a notary and digitally sign all required documents.

Nicole Petty

“What this does is it provides an environment for closing where we are going to do the identity verification, and we are going to do the mortgage documentation that is required so that we can register the loan electronically, close the mortgage and get the customer on their way,” Beattie said.

With all but a few states and a growing number of companies jumping on the RON and eClosing vans, the day may quickly approach when attending a closing ceremony in person is the exception rather than the rule.

Online Remote Authentication Approval (RON), by country

source: Mortgage Bankers Association.

A total of 41 states have enacted laws allowing remote online documentation, with pending legislation in three other states, to me Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

Only six states – Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware and Rhode Island – have not yet taken steps to allow the practice.

The The Secure Documentation Act of 2022Federal legislation Supported by industry trade groups Including the US Land Securities Association, which the House passed in July, RON will be allowed everywhere.

MBA’s Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Corporation (MISMO) organizes collaborations on standards and best practices for online remote documentation, electronic lockouts, and other digital mortgage processes.

Amrock is one of twenty providers of RON Certified by MISMO, with three additional certificates pending. That’s up from 10 MISMO-approved RON providers in April 2021. But there are only four MISMO-approved e-services providers – Amrock, DocMagic, Encompass and Snapdocs – that take borrowers through the shutdown entirely electronically.

Citing data from the Electronic Mortgage Registration System (MERS), Amarok claims to handle the majority of US electronic lockouts across the country.

Rob Sayer

“Last year, we had more than 1 million electronic closings, and in that time we had about 80 percent of the market share,” Rob Sayer, CIO at Amarok, told Inman. “It’s gone down a bit this year, with more and more organizations entering the space, but it’s definitely a place we’ve been driving.”

Sayer said that while Amarok has some patents on mobile eClosings technology, “I don’t think there’s anything that would stop anyone from doing a notary close online… A lot has already been done outside of the mortgage business.” “

Although Amarok is a key component of parent Rocket’s goal of providing seamless and comprehensive real estate services, it also offers property insurance, real estate appraisal and settlement services to other mortgage lenders, and other residential and commercial real estate financing clients.

Petty, who succeeded Brian Hughes as CEO of Amaroc in November, said the company offers electronic closing services to all of its lending clients.

But Amarok is touting its new technology as an incremental step forward for the Rocket platform as a whole, allowing consumers to use their smartphones to not only search for a home with Rocket Homes and get a home loan from Rocket Mortgage, but a mortgage through Amarok.

“In addition to the new mobile capabilities, customers can now move from mortgage processing with Rocket Mortgage to closing with Amrock through the single sign-on feature – a seemingly small but important example of how the Rocket Platform removes friction every step of the way for consumers, Rocket CEO Jay Varner said in a statement.

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