Automating Your Home

Automating Your Home with Smart Technology

With the advancements that have been made in technology in just the past decade, there are many new ways to incorporate faster, more efficient, and cost-effective solutions to everyday tasks and problems. One big trend that we are seeing right now is home automation, or “smart homes.” With the help of technology, today you can make the functions in your home almost entirely automated or controllable from a smartphone or tablet.

What exactly are the benefits of home automation?

  • Those with home automation save an average of 20% on home insurance
  • You can save around 15% on your energy bill
  • Based on national averages, you could save around $1,352 each year by automating your home
  • Better security and peace of mind
  • Control over almost all functions in your home from one tablet or smartphone

What are the capabilities of a smart home?

Thermostat: You can have the ability to control your thermostat even when you are not home. By adjusting the temperature when you are not home, you save on heating and cooling costs.

Security: With a smart home, you won’t need to be paranoid about whether you remembered to lock the doors to your home. Your smart home system can tell you if your doors are locked or unlocked. Also, with some advanced systems, you can trigger lights and television sets to turn on while you are out of town to give the appearance that someone is home.

Lighting: Some smart home systems have an “all off” button to help easily turn off every light in your home at once. Sensors can also trigger lights to turn on when motion is detected outside of your home.

Television: You can combine all of your remotes into one by using your smart home app on your tablet or phone. You can even set a sequence to dim the lights, adjust the room temperature, and start a movie with one click of a button.

Communication: You can send messages room-to-room through the television or to visitors through a touch screen outside of your home. You can also get notified if there is a leak in your basement or even when the kids make it home from school.

There are many options and benefits to making your home smarter and even the smallest steps could save you a considerable amount of money in the long run. Here are some of the best smart home devices you can implement in your home.

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-smart-home-devices-2015-12

 

 

Sources

https://www.control4.com/blog

https://cleantechnica.com/2013/11/06/home-automation-benefits-infographic/

Happy Mortgage Customers at Inlanta Mortgage

What-Makes-Inlanta-Customers-HappyEvery month we survey our loan customers to get feedback on their home buying or refinancing experience. So what makes our customers happy? After reviewing all the surveys received from customers in 2013, we noticed that happy clients consistently referred to the following key behaviors that Inlanta loan officers showcase:

  1. Communication – Timely and Constant:
    Whether you are buying or refinancing, our customers appreciate being kept up-to-date on their loan status. From the moment an application is received to the final clear to close approval, our loan officers consistently communicate with our borrowers. Here is one testimonial: “Our loan officer treated us like we were her only client. She responded to multiple phone calls and emails very quickly. She even got back to us on the weekend!”
  2. Speed – Quick Closings:
    No one likes to wait! At Inlanta we have streamlined our loan process to ensure we close your loan on the requested date. In many cases, our homebuyers are closing in 30 days or less. Here is a testimonial on the speed in which our loan officers and staff strive to close your loan: “The loan officer was phenomenal to work with. She exceeded our expectations and made the process painless. We closed 30 days after making the offer to the seller. I do not think any other lending service could have made that happen for us.”
  3. Flexible Hours & Scheduling:
    In today’s fast paced world, we realize our borrowers don’t always have time for a traditional meeting in our offices. It is often much more convenient for our loan officers to meet their borrowers where they live, work, etc. Here is a testimonial from one borrower who appreciated that flexibility: “Fast, professional and willing to work around my schedule, not theirs. This made my home buying experience a breeze. I will use them for all financing needs.”
  4. Access to Technological Tools:
    Today, many more borrowers prefer to handle business online. While our loan officers can still take the traditional route and walk borrowers through a full mortgage application, many borrowers want to fill out their application online and save time. Inlanta offers online applications, secure document transfers and instant chat options that enable a borrower to complete almost everything from the comfort of their home.
  5. Knowledge of the Mortgage Industry & Process:
    A loan officer’s knowledge of the mortgage industry, available loan programs and the loan process is essential to a smooth home buying experience. Here is a testimonial one of our loan officers received in regards to her knowledge: “The loan officer’s knowledge of all the assorted details that needed to be dealt with throughout the entire process made getting a loan easy and painless.”
  6. Referrals to Industry Partners:
    Since Inlanta Mortgage has been in the mortgage lending business for more than 20 years, our staff has developed relationships with true professionals in the real estate and mortgage industry. Whether its a contractor referral or a Realtor, Inlanta loan officers seek to align themselves with and recommend the very best.
  7. Access to Loan Products:
    The variety of loan programs a lender offers makes a difference. Inlanta is proud to offer a number of loan programs that many of our competitors do not, including VA loans, USDA loans, renovation loans (both FHA 203k and HomeStyle), Jumbo and more. Inlanta has strong relationships with many investors which translates to more options for borrowers! Here is a testimonial on the importance of having options: “I went to two other mortgage companies prior to going to Inlanta. Both of them denied me for a loan. Inlanta, however, was able to make it happen!”

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2012 by Scotsman Guide and has been listed on Mortgage Technology’s Top 25 Tech Savvy Lenders List for the last four years.

Top Tech-Savvy Lender Four Years Running

Tech Savvy Lender

Inlanta Mortgage is a Tech-Savvy Lender

We are pleased to announce that we were named to Mortgage Technology’s 2013 Top Tech-Savvy Lenders List for the fourth year in a row.

Top Tech-Savvy Lender

The Top Tech-Savvy Lender List list commends mortgage companies that use technology to improve processes, provide exceptional customer service and increase business.

Inlanta Mortgage Technology

Why was Inlanta Mortgage recognized as a Top Tech-Savvy Lender? Inlanta Mortgage optimized its website for mobile users, including using location-based features that provide users with contact information and driving directions to the branch that’s closest to them. In addition to website enhancements, Inlanta also built a digital marketing library to provide loan officers with customized open-house flyers. The open-house flyers clearly illustrate available loan programs and estimated costs for specific property listings.

Inlanta tries to make it easy for existing and prospective customers to contact our team, find answers to their questions or to just learn more about the mortgage process in general. As Inlanta expands its operations throughout the country, the locally optimized features of the website are meant to help a visitor from any physical location.

Contact an Award Winning Team

Inlanta Mortgage offers customers the ability to apply online for a mortgage loan, with the loan officer of their choice, 24 hours a day. Ready to go? Use our branch locator to find a licensed originator near you or click here to apply now! To browse for more information on loan programs, the housing market or for first time home buyer tips – click on the appropriate blog category on your right.

About Inlanta Mortgage – Celebrating 20 Years

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be named to the Scotsman Guide Top Mortgage Lenders 2012 list and to be among the Top 100 Mortgage Banking Companies in America in 2012 and Fastest Growing Milwaukee-Area Firms.

Documents Made Easy – Guest Blog from IDS

Partners in Technology, IDS - Docs in MotionWe asked Ali Linthorst from IDS, our document management company, to write a guest blog discussing the benefits our mortgage loan customers receive as a result of our partnership with them…

In technology, as in fashion, one size never fits all and everyone has unique needs. In the mortgage industry, we are all very interested in cutting edge mortgage technology and regulatory compliance requirements. In this new era of intensive regulatory oversight, most mortgage lenders are looking for a business partner, not just a technology vendor.

Buying a home is one of the most important investments/purchases most people will make in their lifetimes. Reputable mortgage lenders make sure they are engaging in industry best practices in terms of customer service, compliance, and technological use. This is where your mortgage lender’s doc prep providers come into play. IDS is an industry leader in document technology and preparation and we cater to the exact needs of our mortgage lenders and their borrowers.

There are many things that IDS offers that make the document process a little easier for everyone involved. One feature that has been added and refined throughout the last year is the e-signature options for loan officers and borrowers. Our e-signatures are user friendly and allow for a quick signing process without all the paperwork. Mortgage loan borrowers are also able to go back to their documents using the IDS archive feature and view any documents in their document package, along with the status of their docs. Borrowers can do this during the home buying process and even after they have closed on their home.

With IDS you can rest assured that all your documents are properly managed by your mortgage lender and in compliance with state and federal regulations. IDS provides Inlanta Mortgage and other mortgage lenders access to a highly trained compliance department – so all regulation changes and updates are implemented on time and in the right way. There will never be any second guessing when it comes to your mortgage documents. Lenders and borrowers benefit from IDS’s  exceptional document preparation software.

Buying a house is serious business –  but with the proper tools and partners, experienced mortgage lenders, like Inlanta Mortgage, can make the home buying experience something you will look back on favorably.

Ali Linthorst is the Marketing and Communications Director at IDS, a document preparation company based out of Draper, Utah. Contact Ali for more information about IDS services at ali@idsdoc.com or find IDS on the web at www.idsdoc.com.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016.

Inlanta Mortgage Named a Top 25 Tech Savvy Lender

Top 25 Tech Savvy Lender

Each year, Mortgage Technology recognizes mortgage lenders that promote efficient and cost-effective lending practices with its Mortgage Technology Awards. For the second year in a row Inlanta Mortgage has made the list of top 25 tech savvy companies in the mortgage industry.

In a business that relies heavily on personal relationships we pride ourselves on using technology to better communicate with customers, partners, and employees. Our commitment to improving the loan process end-to-end remains a top priority and we continue to evaluate and seek out the best in technology to achieve that goal. We appreciate being recognized for this effort, and say thank you to everyone on our IT team, our tech friendly senior management team, and all of our loan officers who embrace and use our technology each and every day. We are very proud of to make the list two years running.

To view the September 2011 issue of Mortgage Technology magazine and the Top 25 Tech Savvy Lenders click here.

 

 

Inlanta Adds VP of Technology and Marketing

Inlanta Mortgage is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Knowlton to Vice
President of Technology and Marketing. Chris has been with Inlanta Mortgage
since June of 1997. Chris will continue to direct and manage the computer and
information technology side along with overseeing and developing marketing
plans and internet marketing use.