Smartr365 and Experian tie-up set to transform credit checking process
Smartr365, an end-to-end mortgage platform, has launched its commercial and strategic partnership with the leading global information services company, Experian.
Users of Smartr365 can now access Experian’s open banking and credit reference data on behalf of clients via the new integration, with searches on an ‘all you can eat’ basis.
Through the Smartr365 HomeBuyer app, customers can progress their applications on the go without the need for multiple logins or data entries. The HomeBuyer app provides instant connectivity by sending customers’ information directly to their broker, who then begins the affordability and credit checks without having to leave the Smartr365 platform.
For brokers, the tools greatly reduce the time spent on case management, freeing capacity for further growth.
In a bid to streamline another step in the mortgage journey for brokers and borrowers, the app reduces both the time taken sourcing financial information and the disruption caused by switching between programs to carry out affordability and credit checks.
This includes the provision of Experian’s Open Banking Bank Statement, a secure, standardised statement of categorised income and expenditure data that can be used by brokers and lenders to understand a customer’s affordability.
With more services set to be integrated with the platform in due course, together Smartr365 and Experian will work towards a ‘fully frictionless mortgage process’.
Open banking services through Smartr365 will be available to all users soon, with access to credit reports scheduled for release in July, and a number of lenders are already accepting Experian-branded bank statements.
Conor Murphy, chief executive officer at Smartr365, says: “Everything we do at Smartr365 is geared towards the creation of a completely frictionless mortgage process. Waiting around for bank statements and credit reports has long been an obstacle for brokers, but it won’t be any more thanks to our partnership with Experian.”
“We’re very excited by this step, but the work doesn’t stop here, and we look forward to increasing our collaboration in the future and providing even more value for our users.”
Lisa Fretwell, director of data services at Experian, adds: “Homebuyer expectations are changing. No longer are they satisfied with the traditional mortgage processes we’ve become so used to over the years – instead they’re looking for a quicker, seamless, and more convenient digital experience.”
“By implementing Experian’s Open Banking solution into the HomeBuyer app, we can remove some of the pain points of old and help deliver a much smoother and stress-free home buying journey. We’re delighted to be working alongside Smart365 to do this.”