Evolve Mortgage Services and FirstClose Join Forces to Deliver an End-to-End Digital eHELOC Solution

New Solution Offers Seven-Minute Approval and Seven-Day eClosing


FRISCO, Texas, October 20, 2022Evolve Mortgage Services, LLC, a top provider of outsourced mortgage solutions and eMortgage technology solutions, announced today it is partnering with FirstClose, Inc., a leading fintech provider of data and workflow solutions for home equity lenders nationwide, to automate the HELOC origination process. The new solution will enable lenders to approve HELOCs within seven minutes and eClose lines within seven days.

The new collaboration combines FirstClose EquityONE’s home equity application management system with Evolve’s SigniaDocument engine and its full eSign and eNotary (RON) capabilities.

The combination:

  • Delivers a fully digital, paperless eOrigination and eClosing process from application to close.
  • Gives consumers instant online feedback, including their home valuation, available home equity, loan options as well as an instant credit decision.
  • Reduces time to close from weeks to days with automated workflows, including ordering of required settlement services.
  • Provides a superior, streamlined consumer experience
  • Uses RON eClosing to decrease closing time from 50 minutes to 15 minutes.
  • Allows investors to eRegister and board loans the same day for quicker accurate funding.

FirstClose EquityONE is a home equity application management system that qualifies a consumer and continues to nurture them throughout the entire process. Consumers can explore loan options and once ready, apply and receive an instant credit decision. FirstClose offers everything from application to close, including the ability to order required settlement services such as credit, flood, appraisal, title, tax, income, employment, and asset verification on one easy-to-navigate platform taking friction, cost and risk out of the process.

“While home equity products are experiencing something of a renaissance thanks to record home values, the market is nothing new to FirstClose. We were the pioneer in this space nearly two decades ago,” said Tedd Smith, Chief Executive Officer of FirstClose. “Lenders are continuously looking to optimize their closing processes and services, while borrowers want the white-glove service and seamless experience. Our partnership with Evolve’s SigniaDocument engine, to deliver the eClosing experience consumers and lenders desire, completes the cycle.”

Evolve’s SigniaDocuments, provides the electronic documents for initial and final closing as well as the full eSign and eNotary. SigniaDocuments’ proprietary doc engine produces a complete document library built entirely on native XML SMARTDocs®. SMARTDocs include embedded enabled eSignature and eNotary tags eliminating need to OCR or create templates and manual tags. Its integrated compliance engine also ensures legally compliant, rep and warranted mortgage documents further reducing risk and expanding scalability.

Paul Anselmo, Evolve’s Founder and CEO said “Mortgage market constituents need a forward-looking game plan to help position themselves to compete in this tightening and dwindling market for the remainder of 2022 and into 2023.  This partnership allows us to digitize the entire process from app to close, reduce cost and risk and boost production and profitability.  As we like to say at Evolve, our experienced team of people, proven platform, and innovative technology and tools, we provide our clients the opportunity to “Close With Confidence and Fund Next Day With Certainty®!”


About FirstClose, Inc.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, FirstClose provides technology solutions to HELOC and lenders nationwide.  The company’s mission is to increase profitability and reduce cost for mortgage lenders. FirstClose makes this possible through offering systems and relationships that enable lenders to more effectively assist the lender’s borrowers, reduce closing costs, and ultimately shorten closing times. For more information, visit www.firstclose.com.

About Evolve Mortgage Services

Evolve Mortgage Services is a top provider of tech-enabled outsourced mortgage solutions and digital eMortgage solutions. Evolve enables companies to eliminate roadblocks and focus their valuable resources on growth. The company’s services empower mortgage lenders, servicers, and investors to reduce inefficiencies in their mortgage loan process and dramatically improve profitability. Founded and run by a team of industry veterans, Evolve provides seamless component or end-to-end loan services and creates custom strategies for each client. The firm has extensive experience in origination and post-closing services; institutional, whole loan, and servicing acquisition due diligence; collateral recovery HMDA and forensic compliance reviews; whole loan sales; agency deliveries; and TPR securitization reviews and asset transfers. Evolve is based in Frisco, Texas. For more information, visit www.evolvemortgageservices.com



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