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As General Manager, Stuart Ehrlich, wanted a better system in place and started considering other solutions such as off-site data storage (see Did You Know sidebar). Then, a trusted equipment vendor suggested Docufree could offer high quality scanning at a reasonable price.
After a notable first meeting and tour of the facility, Stuart decided to give Docufree a try with an initial project of 100 boxes. “Docufree’s conversion center was impressive. The space is secure and the staff professional so I did not have to be concerned about my documents. They are the experts at handling important papers and they know what they are doing.”
According to Docufree’s Kay Lucas, “We are careful with everyone’s files but Stu even came out to help us load the first project on the truck. You knew he wanted us to understand the importance. We did and we always do. At every stage of the process.”
Docufree picked up the boxes, managed the project right away and had the searchable PDFs back to CBC National Bank in a couple of weeks.
“I was happy to discover I could go online and review my files even as the project was underway.” Stuart needed some information in the files sent to Docufree so he jumped online. “This was before Docufree had a chance to train our team. But the system is so intuitive and easy that I was able to navigate it and get to my desired information without the training.”
After the files were delivered, “There was an immediate effect on the post-closing side of our business. That team is very pleased to now have such easy access to their mortgage file information. They can respond quickly to requests and the team can maintain their high levels of service.”
Stuart notes the CBC National Bank mission statement references providing “extraordinary customer service” as well as “the latest technological conveniences” to provide customers with a full range of high quality products and services “Docufree mirrors our organization’s direction and that is helpful in a partner. I feel they understand that we have to mitigate and manage risk effectively – for our customers and our investors.”
What Docufree does for CBC National Bank.
“We are the world of paper.” CBC maintains a complete file on each mortgage. Each file has every piece of paper related to that mortgage thus creating a history of documents. This includes the registration of the loan, all the information used to make the risk decision as well as the signed documents and a recording of the deed and
its assignments. The file includes all the financial documents and all disclosures. Each type of loan has different requirements and different disclosures so the processes and the paperwork are not the same. Since the requirements are driven by the investors who buy the loans, it is critical that CBC be able to justify their decisions and substantiate their processes even after the mortgage has long been signed and closed.
CBC warehouses this data in a four-part classification folder with hard bound sides. By law, certain documents must be maintained for certain periods of time, some longer than others. CBC finds it easier and safer to keep all the information together and for the maximum required time for any one document. Even those only required to be kept three years are kept at least five.
At the rate CBC produces mortgages, that is a lot of paper. “Until we can fully transition to a paperless environment, we have to keep the paper monster under control,” says Stuart.
Docufree scans nearly 100 boxes a month for CBC National Bank. “I can send boxes to Docufree as it fits our needs. That helps me manage our cash flow and at the same time it lets me minimize the risk of having all our documents out of the office at the same time.”
With the previous office-as-storage approach, retrieving a paper file could take one minute or it could take 15 minutes - depending on where it was. A misplaced file could potentially mean a great deal of searching. Now, Docufree provides a searchable PDF as well as the ability to search the scanned files online. CBC staff can search by the criteria they asked Docufree to use. That might be by loan number, name, address, date - or whatever your organization finds most helpful.
“We already keep our information on multiple servers to keep it safe so we can appreciate the fact that Docufree does the same thing. Even if we lost all our information in a disaster, we could still turn to Docufree to get it back.”
About CBC National Bank
With several locations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, CBC National Bank offers a whole new way of banking, with a full array of personal and business banking services. With the friendly "feel" of a small-town bank, CBC National Bank provides the best innovations in banking, including internet banking, credit cards, debit cards, and more.
CBC National Bank offers a variety of options to meet all banking needs, plus the convenience of a comfortable, personal environment. The manner in which CBC National Bank delivers products is as important as the products themselves. CBC National Bank staff consists of experienced banking professionals who are committed to providing extraordinary customer service and CBC National Bank employees are active members of the community.
Learn more about CBC National Bank by visiting their website at www.cbcnationalbank.com