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Out with the Old, in with the New: How Digital Mortgages are Changing Home Lending for Good

*This article was originally featured in MBA Insights on March 21, 2017. The job of a lender has never been easy. And despite how quickly workplace technology has permeated other industries and made work faster and easier across the board, the $1.6 trillion U.S. mortgage market still operates primarily on paper, fax machines, scanners, and decades-old […]

#BlendBlockParty: Fueling Fintech Innovation

Following another successful Blend company hackathon last week, this time with the theme #BlendBlockParty, I feel compelled to start a discussion around why hackathons, though often deemed over-hyped, fuel industry innovation, particularly for complicated industries like finance and healthcare. My love for hackathons dates back to high school, when I would tag along with my software […]

Blend Hackathon: Olympic Edition

“Hacking Bailey” Credit: Jason Hu, Blend Software Engineer On your mark, get set, Rio! A couple of weeks ago we had another two-day Hackathon at Blend Headquarters in downtown San Francisco. As long as it incorporated “the Olympic Spirit,” any project was fair game. There were 50 people from across the company making up 14 teams […]

Fannie Mae CEO Tim Mayopoulos Speaks at Atlantic Exchange

Blend CEO Nima Ghamsari with some opening remarks (Credit: Elena Olivo) At a recent Blend-underwritten event at NeueHouse in New York City, Atlantic Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons and Fannie Mae CEO Timothy J. Mayopoulos discussed the future of lending. Among the topics they discussed were general developments in the housing market, ways in which technology […]

Digital compliance in the age of increasing regulatory standards for mortgage lenders

This is the penultimate post in a five-part series explaining that, at Blend, we work on mortgages because they’re HARD: Human, Astronomically Large, Regulated and Data-rich (Insight-poor). Check out our first, second and third posts. Imagine an industry that receives close to 10 million consumer applications each year?—?or about 27,000 each day?—?with a price tag […]

Mortgages: An Astronomically Large Market

This post is the third in a series explaining that, at Blend, we work on mortgages because they’re HARD: Human, Astronomically Large, Regulated and Data-rich (Insight-poor). Check out our first and second posts. An aerial shot of a housing development near Markham, Ontario. November 2005. (Wikipedia/IDuke)   Huge Market + Underserved Industry = Astronomically Large […]

Here are the top 5 ways technology reinvents getting a mortgage

The following article was published in Housingwire on August 15, 2016. In it, Blend’s product specialists Heang and Brandon discuss the major technological trends impacting the mortgage industry today. The mortgage lending industry is still largely powered by technology that was first introduced before the 2000 dot-com bubble. Even though 90% of prospective homebuyers search online […]