Mortgage lenders are no stranger to income and employment verification. Leveraging a third-party solution provider for automated verifications is a standard practice in mortgage underwriting. Yet many lenders still struggle with time-consuming and complex verification experiences, which can be manual, inefficient and painful for borrowers.
Since introducing Experian Verify™ to the market, we’ve had countless conversations with key players in the industry – from the largest banks to small independent mortgage brokers and everything in between. Through these conversations, we’ve learned quite a bit about some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to implementing a successful strategy for income and employment verification for mortgage.
Lead with instant verification
Digital transformation has forever changed borrower expectations for online experiences. The first key to a successful verification strategy is starting your workflow with an instant verification solution. This allows you to verify information in real time, delivering a completely frictionless experience for you and your borrowers.
Consider building a waterfall process
For instances when a borrower’s income and employment information is unable to be verified through an instant verification solution, add a consumer-permissioned (bank or payroll) option as a backup. Cascading from one digital solution to the next will ensure you can verify borrower information in seconds or minutes, as opposed to days or weeks. The goal is to prevent as many borrowers as possible from going through a costly manual process.
Tap into unique data sources
Many verification solutions in market today tap into the same data sources, which can make it difficult to differentiate between solutions and measure additive benefits. When evaluating options, look for verification solutions that leverage unique and exclusive data sources – allowing you to optimize hit rates and maximize value.
Avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach
There is no silver bullet. Every market is unique and every lender has different needs. Your verification requirements are likely specific to your business, which means you need to leverage verification solutions that offer flexible options and enable you to build a verification experience that works best for you and your borrowers.
Find a solution provider who’s all in
It’s important to find a solution provider where income and employment verification isn’t just a “side hustle,” but is core to their business strategy. Find a provider who is fully committed – delivering new innovations, investing in key partnerships, maximizing accessibility through leading LOS / POS technology providers, and offers eligibility for key industry programs, such as Day 1 Certainty® from Fannie Mae.
Challenge the status quo
Many lenders have an existing relationship with a third-party solution provider. But it’s important not to put all your eggs in one basket. If your existing provider is not meeting all your needs, challenge the status quo. Consider adding a second provider to the top of your waterfall to help contain costs and tap into unique data that is not available from your existing provider.
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