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New York (MainStreet) - Conventional banking loans are loosing out to non-banks, especially in urban areas with a booming residential area. 33-year-old Seth James Ellis and his man, Jared Ellis, 32, along with a third stakeholder, turned to Social Finance, Inc., a San Francisco-based online borrower, for a $1.1 million online mortgage to buy a three-bedroom, $1.1 million luxury hotel in Berkeley, California.
SoFi, as the online creditor is generally known, offers less unconventional private mortgage writing and usually a faster time to closing because of the loan structure, mortgage analysts say. "Your bid is as good as a bar bid in velocity and that was very important to us as a competition advantage," Ellis said in relation to eliminating other shoppers on a seller's mart.
Ellis and her third partner Ellis completed their house in the Bay Area within 15 working hours - a much tighter period than the 30 to 45 working hours typically required by conventional banks. "Conventional service delivery is often sluggish and not responsive and is a concern for some borrowers," said Gregory Garrabrants, chief executive officer and chairman of the US BofI (Bank of Internet), who added a sluggish reaction period, "could cause a borrower to loose the capacity to buy a particular home.
According to the Financial Association, smaller and non-bank creditors are often not under the same government security and supervision as bigger conventional financial institutions such as Citigroup (C - Get Report) or Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report). FHFA reported that non-bank creditors have been increasing their proportion of the total mortgage portfolio in recent years.
Mortgage Finance, a mortgage tracking research firm, estimated that non-banks represented 37.7% of mortgage income in the first three months of 2014, up 26% from the same period a year earlier. According to a recent Fannie Mae survey, only five of the 20 largest mortgage providers in 2006 are still operating in today's mortgage markets.
Online-creditors are transforming the mortgage viewing process by rapidly exchanging information on cell phones and online, said Bob Walter, chief economist at Detroit-based Quicken Loans lending group. "Those creditors are not tied to geographies or a brickwork or grout net," said Willes.