Firefighters First manages over 3,700 real estate loans annually, totaling over $535 million dollars in loan balances. Each year its management team is tasked with completing an annual Qualitative and Environmental risk assessment of the entire real estate portfolio.
For the past two years, the assessment was completed by partner ing with an organization that provided a vast amount of information about the loans, but very little support in organizing and deciphering the information. This resulted in Firefighters First spending many hours formatting the data into a reasonable product to analyze.
With a conversion of their core system to Open Solutions, including origination, collection, banking and credit card systems, the Credit Union decided to seek out a new partner for real estate loan information services. The ideal vendor would be one that could quickly and efficiently analyze its real estate loan portfolio, assessing FICO scores, LTV changes, appreciation trends and environmental factors.
When the Firefighters First management team saw the integrated functionality of the LoanHD platform, they realized it would provide the critical, real time analysis they needed. The solution could not only help them with the risk man agement of their loan portfolio, but also identify new revenue opportunities.
With LoanHD they eliminated the need to send their portfolio infor mation out to a third party vendor, wait for days to get a response and then receive a spreadsheet with literally 300 columns of data to analyze manually. Instead, they could leverage built in, dynamic analysis tools to quickly identify trends and potential risk warning signs.
"LoanHD provides much more data and analysis than we were getting previously," stated Greg Seltzer, FFCU VP of Lending. "What I like most are the reporting features that allow me to change parameters and generate the reports I need very quickly."
LoanHD eliminates the need to manually create LTV/FICO grids, providing this information automatically in easy to read dashboards.
"With LoanHD at my fingertips, I can get the information I need in real time and have access to vast information that wasn't available before," Seltzer continued. "Previously I had to wait for days to see our data!"
With LoanHD, users can choose to pull a report summarized at the pool level, then automatically dig deeper, going into loan level detail to analyze important information such as appreciation trends.
The LoanHD Support Team has also been able to address specific Firefighters First needs with system customizations that were delivered in a matter of days via an agile development process, providing the ultimate in customer response.
"I have found LoanHD to be extremely helpful and easy to navigate.
The Support Team has been great to work with and very responsive
with customizations that exactly address our needs." —Greg Seltzer
VP Lending, Firefighters First Credit Union
The results from utilizing the LoanHD system have exceeded expectations. The Credit Union can now accomplish the following:
The dynamic and thorough analysis that LoanHD provides will save the Credit Union a minimum of 40 to 50 hours of effort each year and reduce costs by almost $10,000, while providing a much clearer picture of the company's loan portfolio risk.
With LoanHD, Firefighters First Credit Union has a much more efficient and proactive risk management process in place, providing better service and results to its members. It plans to expand its usage of the many features of the system over the coming months.