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Four Ways You Can Get 2017 Started on the Right Foot

Posted by Brian Hall on Jan 12, 2017 12:55:55 PM

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? You shouldn’t just set goals for your personal life though; lenders should also set business goals for themselves, and set out to provide better service to their customers, get bigger returns, and improve overall performance. Fortunately, with Mortech at your side, these goals you set can be a lot more achievable than something like going to the gym every day.

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2016: The Year in Mortgages

Posted by Brian Hall on Dec 30, 2016 10:32:56 AM

The past year has been a busy one for the mortgage world. With 2016 in its final few days, we wanted to compare this year to 2015, and look at any changes year-to-year – something we did with 2015’s statistics this time a year ago.



Across the board, mortgage data took mostly positive turns over the past year. Average mortgage rates saw a decline – to be expected with the Fed’s choice not to raise rates – but the average LTV for the year also shrank compared to the year prior. Both of these are in spite of slightly lower average FICO scores, however that difference from a year ago is the most minimal of the three. Moving forward, average rates will likely discontinue their two-year decline, as the Fed has already announced that Fed Funds Rate increases will happen more than once in 2017.


As for months with the most lock activity, January went from first to worst in the twelve-month span, going from the month with the most locks in 2015 to the least in 2016. Meanwhile, August took over the top spot for most locks this year, which would make sense considering that rates were hitting their lowest point before starting to climb again in October and November.


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Meet Mortech: Zac Rabe

Posted by Brian Hall on Dec 22, 2016 1:03:28 PM

This week we're showcasing new Sales Executive, Mortgage Investor Relations, Zac Rabe. Zac lives in Lincoln with his wife Kali and their dog Rex.


Favorite things to do on his days off: I enjoy golfing, watching sports, working out, hanging out with friends and family, and being with my wife and dog.


Favorite place to travel: Phoenix or Denver.


Favorite time of the year: Fall because it’s football season.


What made him want to work at Mortech: I was approached by a current employee/long time friend regarding an open position here and the more I learned about the culture and how much the people enjoyed working here, the more I wanted to be a part of it.


One interesting fact about him: I have met Michael Jordan.


Last time we showcased Associate Account Manager Mike Russell, which you can read here. Or to learn more about Marksman, you can click here.

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Meet Mortech: Mike Russell

Posted by Brian Hall on Dec 16, 2016 2:00:13 PM

This week we're showcasing new Associate Account Manager, Mike Russell. Mike lives in Lincoln with his wife Samantha.


Favorite things to do on his days off: I enjoy listening to music, seeing family and friends, and spending time with my wife and our three dogs.


Favorite place to travel: I enjoy travelling to my hometown to spend time on the ranch.


Favorite time of the year: Fall because of Husker football!


What made him want to work at Mortech: I enjoy the atmosphere and the people I work with every day.


One interesting fact about him: I went to a one-room schoolhouse as an elementary student, consisting of only two other people in my class.

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Mortech's Year in Review

Posted by Brian Hall on Dec 9, 2016 12:25:31 PM

2016 has been a busy year for the mortgage industry. Rates stayed relatively low, and we saw a number of tech innovations take center stage, such as the rise of API usage. In an effort to provide the best mortgage tools and service for our users, Mortech also had a busy 2016, and equally, we received some pretty cool accolades along the way.



Throughout the year, we worked to provide the best possible experience to our users, often in the form of integrations with other companies who, like-minded to us, wanted to provide top-tier mortgage services and tools:


  • We integrated with Daric’s point-of-sale and mortgage application and automation software, which provides a better online application experience for borrowers, and saves lenders time while increasing conversion rates.
  • We combined the audience of Quinstreet with the power and ease of Marksman, by enabling mortgage lenders to utilize interactive auto-quoting and real-time mortgage rates on Quinstreet’s mortgage advertising network.
  • We also integrated BytePro’s Loan Origination System with Mortech’s powerful loan pricing and eligible automation, allowing for better accessibility and more productive workflows for lenders.


Because of these, and other things, Mortech was also recognized for these innovations along the way. HousingWire included Mortech on the 2016 TECH100 list of innovative technology firms, the third consecutive year we’ve been a recipient. Our company was also named one of Lincoln’s “Best Places to Work” for the third consecutive year as well. That might be a reason for adding seven new employees to our ranks this year, who all share our mission to provide the best services and tools possible for our users.

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Streamline Your Front End Application Process with Mortech and Daric

Posted by Brian Hall on Nov 10, 2016 1:28:31 PM

In today’s mortgage space, streamlining your day-to-day processes to save time and resources is key to maximizing your business’s potential. Our integration with Daric’s point-of-sale and mortgage application automation system is one such way in which you can key in on this priority. By utilizing our integration, you can give your borrowers the power to complete the borrowing process on their own, through their computer or mobile device, while equipping yourself with a suite of tools that automate different aspects of the application process.

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Three Ways Our Mortgage APIs Help Your Business Succeed

Posted by Brian Hall on Nov 7, 2016 12:23:13 PM

Another MBA Annual conference has come and gone, and this year we heard a lot of talk about mortgage APIs and how they’re becoming more and more prevalent in the consumer mortgages and B2B space. Mortech’s mortgage APIs are something we’ve talked a lot about recently, and our reasoning for doing so is simple – by utilizing these tools, our lenders’ businesses can improve their user experiences and day-to-day processes. This comes down to three simple reasons:

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Enhance Your Mortgage Processes with Mortech and Byte

Posted by Brian Hall on Oct 31, 2016 2:44:53 PM

With mortgages, the time you save during processes is vital. We’ve written time and again about how saving a little time during your day can go a long way in maximizing your mortgage business, and it’s still a priority for us to keep enhancing our software so that it continues to do so for our lenders.

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Recent Marksman Integrations and Enhancements

Posted by Brian Hall on Oct 25, 2016 11:36:15 AM

The MBA’s annual 2016 conference kicked off yesterday and continues through Wednesday of this week in Boston, MA. Mortech is exhibiting, and if you happen to be there as well, we’d like to see you there. However, we also wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to recently. Our team has been hard at work innovating and integrating, with the goal of providing our users with the best tools and software to do their job quickly and effectively, with the most accurate and up-to-date mortgage data available. This mindset has led to some pretty exciting advancements lately, and ones that we’re happy to show you.


Mortech has long understood that the best way to provide the right tools for our users isn’t necessarily to try to reinvent them. That’s why we’ve never shied away from integrating with companies that can help provide the best user experience for lenders and borrowers alike. This can mean integrating with a company like Daric, who provides a Point of Sale and application automation tool that improves application processing time as well as lead conversion. Daric’s software makes life for your borrowers better, and in turn, makes things quicker and easier for you.


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Empower Your Borrowers with Mortech and Daric

Posted by Brian Hall on Oct 14, 2016 2:23:43 PM

In today’s mortgage lending landscape, borrowers want the capability of self-servicing their mortgage needs, but still want to be in touch with a trusted mortgage professional who can answer their questions and steer them down the right path. This demand can be difficult for any mortgage professional to meet, but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. That’s why Mortech has integrated with Daric’s point-of-sale solution and mortgage application automation software; to provide lenders with the tools they need to empower their borrowers, while still providing first-rate customer service to help borrowers though the mortgage process.

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