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Guild Mortgage Announces Partnership with eOriginal to Provide Expanded eClosing Capabilities

eOriginal’s Technology will Enable Guild to Offer eNote Option in eClosings; Guild Customers Can Sign Most Loan Documents Remotely

SAN DIEGO–Guild Mortgage, one of the largest and most experienced independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has announced a strategic partnership with eOriginal, a pioneer in digital lending technology, to offer enhanced eClosing capabilities to its customers. Guild will incorporate eOriginal’s technology into its eClose solution to create, execute and deliver eNotes, adding a crucial function to its digital mortgage origination process. Guild customers will now have the option to review and sign the eNote remotely, wherever they may be. Additionally, eOriginal provides an eVault, a secure platform for the management of electronically signed assets, such as eNotes, after they are executed. Once an eNote is signed by a customer, it transfers to additional parties, such as warehouse banks or investors, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directly through the eVault.

“This is a critical time for the mortgage lending industry in needing to find more efficient and secure solutions for completing a mortgage transaction while limiting personal contact and keeping people safe,” said Mary Ann McGarry, CEO of Guild. “We’re committed to offering our customers personalized digital mortgage options, and adding the ability to sign the note electronically is a big step toward a complete eClosing.” Guild currently offers a secure eClose solution powered by its proprietary technology and DocuSign to make the signing of closing documents easier and less time-consuming than a traditional mortgage closing. Guild’s hybrid eClose process enables customers to sign most loan documents digitally, with a select few documents signed in ink at closing.

eClose provides enhanced security protections, while reducing paperwork. Documents are retained in an encrypted electronic envelope and accessible only upon successful user authentication.

Lisa Klika, senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Guild, emphasized the importance of the digital mortgage in serving customers at a time when many traditional, paper-based mortgage origination processes are limited due to the restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The current environment should provide the motivation for more lenders to move with increased speed toward the digital mortgage,” she said. “Guild has been working diligently the past few years to expand our capabilities by enhancing our internal systems and integrating the best technology from trusted providers. We continue to work to get closer to a fully electronic closing process. We’re pleased to partner with eOriginal to add their technology to our eClose solution to better serve our customers.”

Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae and MERSCORP Holdings are among the industry leaders currently leveraging eOriginal’s eNote technology to expand the digital mortgage market along with Guild. Brian Madocks, eOriginal CEO, commented on Guild’s ability to provide eClosing options to its customers. ”Guild’s decision to enable remote signing of electronic notes as part of their closing process is timely, and provides the foundation for scale across all forms of digital closings,” he said. “We’re excited to partner with Guild to help them further expand their digital closing capabilities.”

A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild specializes in developing unique pilot programs and specialized products to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community it serves. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking to upgrade with a jumbo loan. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100% financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance and workplace culture.

About eOriginal eOriginal guarantees trusted transactions of digital financial assets for all parties from the borrower to the secondary market. We do this by creating a ‘digital original’ document with all the legal and enforcement rights of a paper contract combined with the capital and operational efficiency of digitization. Our proven network provides certainty in how these digital assets are created and maintained, delivering the confidence, visibility and compliance lenders and buyers need. As a pioneer in the space, major financial institutions, leading law firms and credit ratings agencies have validated and rely on eOriginal as a trusted partner for digital lending transformation and management. eOriginal has been named to HousingWire’s HW Tech100™ 2018-2020. For more information, visit

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Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Company is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender providing residential mortgage products and local in-house origination and servicing. Guild’s collaborative culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion enable it to deliver a personalized experience for each customer. With more than 4,000 employees and over 250 retail branches, Guild has relationships with credit unions, community banks, and other financial institutions and services loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. Guild Mortgage Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guild Holdings Company, whose shares of Class A common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GHLD.