Since their inception, credit unions have leveraged their membership dynamic to set themselves apart from other financial institutions.
But when it comes to building a mortgage lending pipeline, it takes more than just a built-in membership base to serve today’s borrowers’ needs.
Let’s look at three ways credit unions can set themselves apart and win more mortgage business.
According to customer experience experts at J.D. Power, home mortgage customers want technology that makes the process faster and easier. They don’t want technology to create a wall between them and their trusted advisors.
Self-service is okay to a point, but the data show home loan customers still want someone they can talk to.
Lenders who incorporate mortgage loan lead management with point-of-sale and fulfillment, such as our new Origence™ mortgage lending platform, are significantly more successful. The productivity lift can be as high as 40%, and because speed decreases loan fallout, lenders see as much as a 75% increase in pull-through.
The Mortgage Bankers Association has predicted purchase money mortgage loan originations will increase to $1.89 trillion in 2019 from $1.64 trillion in 2018 as noted in its August 15 forecast. This represents a fantastic opportunity for these institutions.
According to a study from Ernst & Young, American consumers want to trust banks—60% believe banks have an important role to play. But in reality, consumers don’t have faith in banks.
When asked, consumers said they have lower levels of trust in traditional banks to fulfill strategic pledges, including providing unbiased advice.
This is credit unions’ best opportunity to stand out from competing institutions.
Borrowers want someone to trust. Credit unions are already that trusted source for auto loans. They can—and should—play that role for home financing, too.
One area in which credit unions have a competitive edge over other lenders is customer service. Lenders have been struggling to improve the borrower experience for more than a decade, and are gaining some ground.
This is largely due to the application of new technologies that allow borrowers to perform research, get prequalified quickly and easily, and submit information electronically.
The problem is that customer expectations have changed, and the quick technology fixes that have worked in the past aren’t delivering the desired results. That’s because deploying technology is only part of the digital mortgage process.
Traditional mortgage lenders are struggling to meet borrower expectations while working to fend off new competitors. Meanwhile, credit unions already have good working relationships with more than 100 million American consumers.
Even better, 72% of credit union members are satisfied with their institution, compared to only 60% for regional banks and 52% with national banks.
Bottom line: credit unions have a significant opportunity to increase market share in the communities they serve. Setting themselves apart by taking these steps will go a long way in positioning credit unions for long-term growth and success in the mortgage lending marketplace.
ROGER HULL is chief product officer for CU Direct.