Loan Origination System Basics

What You Need to Know Before Selecting an LOS

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The idea of a loan origination system can mean different things to different people. 

For some, it simply means automating pieces of the loan origination process. For others, it could mean multiple tools that are used together to help make credit decisions. However, the ideal loan origination system is a single platform for the entire lending cycle—from application through ongoing loan portfolio management. 

This guide is designed to help you understand what a loan origination system is and learn the benefits of implementing loan origination software for your financial institution.

What Is a Loan Origination System? Definition

A loan origination system (LOS) is a piece of software that automates the end-to-end loan portfolio cycle. 

Using lending software at a financial institution simplifies and improves both the application for and the approval of loans. Loans can be commercial (business loans to large companies), consumer (directly to a bank customer/private citizens), or small business (typically done through the Small Business Administration.)

A loan origination system ultimately helps financial institutions increase efficiency, mitigate risk, support compliance, and improve the consistency of their loan origination process.

Features that are typically found with a holistic loan origination system include:

  • Statement Spreading: Statement spreading is the core component for financial analysis, reporting, data collection, global cash flow, and covenants.

  • Exception Tracking: Exception tracking manages the administrative and relationship aspects of loan portfolio management that improves credit quality and compliance.

  • Credit Memo Automation: Credit memo automation updates your credit memo with dynamic data used throughout the loan origination process.

  • Portfolio Monitoring: Portfolio monitoring combines your data and scoring to save time, mitigate risk and provide a big picture view of your loan portfolio.

  • Loan Pricing: Loan pricing leverages the power of your data to provide details on factors such as cost of funds, risk premiums, and other overhead costs that make up commercial loan pricing.

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Baker Hill delivers a holistic banking platform with intuitive interfaces for both bankers and clients. Our scalable features make it easy for financial institutions of all sizes to solve for common problems. With Baker Hill NextGen®, your financial institution can effectively generate growth, manage risk, and increase profitability.

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What Are the Benefits of Using an LOS? Advantages

Banks and credits unions can get a holistic view of borrower transactions across all channels and products within a loan origination system. 

Using a loan origination system can also improve your borrower’s experience with your financial institution, providing a positive return on investment. It can also help you to meet customer and member demands, keep up with regulatory compliance, and stay competitive with other financial institutions.

Consistent workflows and processes to serve the needs of business and consumer lenders while mitigating risk, supporting compliance, and improving consistency and efficiency in the origination process. 

  • Manage, automate, and streamline commercial lending. 

  • Streamline the small business lending process and manage business credit requests of all sizes with greater speed and consistency. 

  • Process consumer loans consistently and accurately with a proven solution that conforms to your policies, mitigates credit risk, and ensures compliance. 

  • Offer competitive loans to auto consumers while maintaining your own standards, workflows, and credit policies.

Meet the needs of today’s borrowers and maintain compliance with: 

  • Online Loan Applications 

  • Statement Spreading 

  • Exception Tracking 

  • Data Integration Web Services 

  • Compliance Doc Prep

For many mid-size community banks and credit unions, the shift to technology has been slow.

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the hands of many smaller financial institutions, there is a mindset of resistance when it comes to implementing financial technology practices. This often hinders the results that the technology can provide, since bankers try to make the tech fit to their processes rather than the other way around. Learning new methods to do something you’ve done your entire career can be daunting, but the results for your customers and your institution are worth tackling the learning curve.

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What happens if a bank doesn’t have a loan origination system?

When a bank or credit union doesn’t have a loan origination system implemented, everything is done manually. Borrowers might have to fill out paperwork by hand or return it to the office in person, causing delays. There also might be inconsistent decision practices, making for an unstable portfolio. 

Without a loan origination system, bank employees spend time on data entry and other clerical tasks rather than being able to help customers and grow the business.

Customer and employee expectations are becoming more and more demanding as personal technology continues to evolve and is becoming more widely adopted. 

Without a modern loan origination system, your financial institution could lose out on new opportunities as well as the top talent needed to drive your bank or credit union forward.

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As Western Alliance experienced this rapid growth, the bank recognized the importance of streamlining and automating the business loan origination lifecycle. This would help the bank manage increased loan volume maximizing efficient staffing. Instead of managing a manual underwriting process, Western Alliance sought a more efficient solution for responding to business loan applications. This would enable the bank’s loan officers and relationship managers to focus more time on business development efforts and pursue larger loan opportunities, rather than spending time processing smaller credit requests.

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How Do You Choose the Best Solution? Features

When it comes to implementing technology into the branches, many choose to try and piece meal different products and systems together. 

While you might think you’re saving money by only buying certain products from certain vendors, you’re most likely losing key integrations that come from having a single solution. What’s more, trying to do some pieces manually and other pieces through a software is often clunky at best, leading to missed opportunities or wasted resources.

Multiple, disjointed systems don’t enable collaboration throughout the lending workflow. This can lead to inefficiencies in the loan origination process as well as data silos, multiple systems to manage and higher costs of ownership. 

Choosing one provider for streamlining loan origination processes will maximize convenience and ease of use while boosting productivity of your employees as well as profitability.

Tips for Selecting a Loan Origination System

Selecting a loan origination system is one of the most important decisions your financial institution will make. When you upgrade to a state-of-the-art commercial loan origination solution, you can expect:

  • Improved accuracy and speed. Boost your operational efficiency and make faster, more reliable credit assessments.

  • Added flexibility and customization. Take the headache out of software integration. Modern loan origination systems are scalable and configurable around your needs.

  • Increased collaboration and usability. Ditch the silos and keep everyone in the loop with powerful reporting dashboards.

  • Maximized profitability. Stay competitive and get better results by leveraging analytics to manage costs.

  • Simplified compliance. Say goodbye to regulatory pressures with increased security.

Selecting a commercial loan origination system is one of the most important decisions your financial institution will make.

With the right advice and robust tools, you’ll increase efficiency, manage costs, and meet regulatory challenges. When you upgrade to a state-of-the-art commercial loan origination solution, you can expect:

  • Improved accuracy and speed. Boost your operational efficiency and make faster, more reliable credit assessments.
  • Added flexibility and customization. Take the headache out of software integration. Modern LOS platforms are scalable and configurable around your needs.
  • Increased collaboration and usability. Ditch the silos, and keep everyone in the loop with powerful reporting dashboards.
  • Maximized profitability. Stay competitive, and get better results by leveraging analytics to manage costs.
  • Simplified compliance. Say goodbye to regulatory pressures with increased security.

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Why Choose Baker Hill's LOS Conclusion

Why do financial institutions choose Baker Hill’s loan origination system?

Baker Hill NextGen® is engineered to adapt to the evolving needs of financial institutions. The end-to-end platform incorporates all features of lending, risk management, and analytics into one powerhouse lending software solution. Baker Hill delivers a holistic banking platform with intuitive interfaces for both bankers and clients. 

Our scalable features make it easy for financial institutions of all sizes to solve for common problems. With Baker Hill NextGen, your financial institution can effectively generate growth, manage risk, and increase profitability with features and functionality that provide a positive impact.

Gain Efficiency

Designed to automate processes and eliminate re-keying of information, Baker Hill NextGen has built-in features that create more efficiency and streamline your lending workflow.

Reduce Risk

Redefine the way you manage loan portfolios and improve the quality of your portfolio by turning reactive, manual account review into an automated, continuous process. Save time, mitigate risk, and gain a full view of your loan portfolio.

Drive Growth and Profitability

Make decisions based on data, not guesswork. Attract and retain valuable clientele with a solution that combines business processes and customer information into your loan origination system.


Additional Resources:

Whitepaper: Are Banks and Credit Unions Really Making the Most of Technology?

Guide: 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Loan Origination System

Case Study: Western Alliance Bank

Case Study: Marquette Bank

Blog: The Efficiency Factor: New Loan Origination Tools for Easier Banking

Blog: Are You Digitally Ready For What’s Next in Banking?

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