On a Wednesday at 4 p.m. in June 2017, I remained in a little, jam-packed office in midtown Manhattan.

The overcrowded conference room, with a minimum of 5 more people than any fire marshal would recommend, was stacked comically high with documentation and a diverse collection of inexpensive pens. As I neared the end of the third hour and the ink of my seventh pen, I recognized the home mortgage closing process may be somewhat antiquated.

After closing on my very first house, it was impossible to me that every other expense in my life has gone digital, but the most substantial purchase I’ve ever made needed numerous signatures and several handwritten checks provided in person. By contrast, I have had the ability to repay my student loans, comparable in magnitude to a deposit, exclusively through online websites.

How COVID-19 is speeding up digital improvements

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every facet of our lives. One potential silver lining for the realty world might be a forced reckoning with the home loan closing process. Technological advances like e-closings are accelerating this tough process into the digital age. The U.S. Census Bureau released figures in July pointing out the increase in homeownership throughout the country as the pandemic fuels the need for single-family homes outside of metropolitan areas. This is verified by the substantial spike in home loan applications seen in the second quarter of 2020.

When lending institutions started embracing digital disclosures, the first signs of digitization of the home loan origination procedure were seen in mid-2010. In spite of the accessibility of innovation, the marketplace has been slower to completely accept digital closings that make it possible for the full loan bundle to be electronically examined, tape-recorded, signed and notarized. A true e-closing includes a digital promissory note (“eNote”), a virtual closing visit and the electronic transfer and recording of documents by the county, all of which can be from another location coordinated and carried out by the parties included. The market began to get speed recently, and we have actually seen the number of e-mortgages boost by more than 450% from 2018 to 2019.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.