Online mortgage lender Lenda has plans to make the mortgage process last 30 minutes from start to finish; right now the company takes about 2 weeks to complete the process and has made more than $200mn worth or mortgages to date; Jason van den Brand, its co-founder and CEO, tells American Banker, "The big banks are working on technology that was built in the '70s. We cater to the customer who lives on their phone, laptop and tablet and shops online and compares online."; the biggest impediment is the appraisal process as that is still human intensive; the company has also been testing digital signatures by connecting via video chat with a notary. Source.
The head of the UN economic agency says that central banks in Africa are failing to understand the power of banking innovation; less than a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to the financial system; certain countries like Kenya have seen wide adoption of services like mobile money, but then crossing into Nigeria the same service can be used by 1 percent of people; Telcos have really taken the lead on the continent to help bring access, but central banks are still regulating banks through the lens of traditional banks; regulators are starting to learn and enthusiasm for new ideas is increasing. Source.