Home Lending Pal
Durham, North Carolina
|Founders||Steven Better |
Durham, North Carolina
|Multiple U.S. states|
(CEO & co-founder)
(COO & co-founder)
(Chief Knowledge Officer)
|Products||Intelligent Mortgage Advisor|
Number of employees
|15 (March 31, 2020)|
Home Lending Pal is an anonymous marketplace that uses artificial intelligence to simulate home loan underwriting to show approval odds, affordability risk, and budget strain for potential homeowners.
Home Lending Pal was founded by Bryan Young and Steven Better in August 2017. The company now has dual headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, and Orlando, Florida.
In September 2019, Home Lending Pal was selected by IBM as one of fifteen companies globally to join the first IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator. IBM gave $120,000 in credits to assist Home Lending Pal with protecting borrower's data, utilizing Watson for their chatbot and blockchain for transferring information between borrowers and lenders. Home Lending Pal received its first outside investment from Thomas and Cuancha Manning on November 17, 2019. Allan Heye became their second investor in February 2020.
On March 9, 2020, Home Lending Pal passed all of Equifax's data security requirements to store user data on IBM servers. At the time, Home Lending Pal stated they were the first non-loan originating company to show underwriting data directly to consumers.
On May 14, 2020, Home Lending Pal was selected as one of six companies to receive a $50,000 grant from the NC IDEA Foundation.
The company initially used tech accelerators to help with its growth. Home Lending Pal has been a part of StarterStudio (Florida), Flagstar Bank Mortgage Accelerator, Tampa Bay Wave (Florida), The Batchery (California), and the Wire Accelerator (Texas).
On August 6, 2020, Village Capital announced that Home Lending Pal, along with ten other fintech startups, were selected for its 2020 Finance Forward US 2020 Accelerator Program. Sponsored by Village Capital, Metlife Foundation, and PayPal, the initiative focused on improving their business models and making their solutions available to those who need them most during COVID.
Home Lending Pal is an online mortgage marketplaces that connects to trusted digital sources to validate underwriting information prior to the submission of a mortgage application. The company collects underwriting data from lenders for its pairing algorithm in hopes of improving potential borrowers chances of successfully securing a mortgage.
Home Lending Pal uses chatbots, machine learning, and blockchain to help first time home buyers through the home research and buying process.. They call the artificial intelligence an Intelligent Mortgage Advisor. They call their artificial intelligence an Intelligent Mortgage Advisor and say it will find the best mortgage option and lender for a potential borrower to work with based on their finances.
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