With housing markets across the country at an all-time high, banks are paying more attention to the mortgagetech space (and maybe you should, too). And, as evidenced in its new partnership with Lender Price, Regions Bank is no exception.
Along with the partnership agreement Lender Price inked with the $124 billion-asset bank, the California-based fintech will also receive an undisclosed amount of equity funding as part of the deal. This announcement comes just days after Lender Price unveiled an integration with Ellie Mae.
For its part, Regions aims to leverage the partnership to enhance its digital lending efforts by:
- Simplifying interactions between bankers, borrowers, and the bank
- Sending fewer information requests to consumers
- Integrating additional data sources for approvals and confirmations
- Offering faster responses
The Alabama-based bank serves customers across the Southern and Midwestern U.S., and has approximately 1,500 branches and 1,900 ATMs. Logan Pichel, Head of Regions Enterprise Operations said, “This investment in Lender Price and our working agreement provides important growth capital for Lender Price, aligns our mutual interests in digital transformation and continues to move us toward the goal of making banking easier for our customers.”
The funding portion of this agreement reflects the uptick in fintech investments as a whole in the first quarter of this year, when 26 alums raised $1.32 billion. That’s quite an upward trend when compared to the $230 million raised in the first quarter of 2017.
Founded in 2015, Lender Price demoed its mortgage origination automation at FinovateSpring 2017. The company’s technology contributes to banks’ efforts to compete with digital-only mortgage originators such as Quicken Loans’ Rocket Mortgage and SoFi. In fact, Bank of America announced today the rollout of its own digital mortgage service.