As the ball dropped on 2020 and all its infamy, the world let out a collective sigh of relief. But now, business leaders, including those in commercial real estate, are back to the reality of dealing with a new COVID-induced normal.
The dramatic shift to a remote workforce, falling retail and office space prices, and higher operating costs due to the necessity for increased health and safety measures—all enveloped in an economic atmosphere of uncertainty—present commercial lenders with hurdles that have forced them to tighten their lending standards. As much as 78% of US domestic banks tightened their lending standards in July for CRE loans.
The challenges of remaining resilient and maintaining healthy growth in such a climate are daunting, especially considering most experts predict that the highly anticipated shot-in-the-arm relief won’t even begin to be felt until mid-summer.
The past year hasn’t been entirely negative, however.
One of the areas where the pandemic shed light was on the need for many in the CRE industry to finally embrace and implement digital CRE tech. A surprising number of companies in this sector lag behind other industries that have seen the light and marched into the digital age. According to a recent Deloitte survey of business leaders, only one-third said they believe they are prepared to operate their businesses successfully through a digital transformation age.
Most acknowledge that going digital is necessary to remain competitive in the next 12 months and beyond. Not only does employing the use of digital CRE tech streamline day-to-day operations and attract top talent, there are also a handful of specific software that open the door to providing improved client relations on a consistent and standardized basis.
From point of sale all the way through funding, the time it takes to move through the seven stages in loan origination can be decreased significantly with digital CRE tech:
Needless to say, the internet has expanded options for mortgage shoppers. No longer do they default to using the lender closest to the desired property. Other than using a SaaS product built specifically to streamline the search process, lenders can serve potential customers well by making sure their websites are up to date and comprehensive.
Another way that digital CRE tech benefits companies and, in turn, their customers, is the advent of platforms that directly connect lenders to mortgage shoppers, allowing each to input specific criteria and letting the digital matchmaker do the legwork. Finance Lobby is in that category—and in a class all its own. Visit FinanceLobby.com for more.