Who can participate in the auction?Any qualified purchaser, including but not limited to, banks, credit unions, insurance companies, REITs and investment funds. Onboarding to Provenance is quick and easy and consistent with typical loan purchaser due diligence.
Who is the servicer of the HELOCs?Figure Lending is the servicer and HELOCs are purchased on a servicing-retained basis.
What does it mean that the loans are on blockchain?Figure originates all of its loans digitally and native to Provenance blockchain. Provenance acts as custodian for the loan, and registry of ownership for the loan and a ledger of all loan transactions and payments. In addition, at the time of origination, smart contracts operated by Figure perform validation checks on the loan file and the output of such checks is then documented in the loan file. The hash value (i.e., the unique, tamper-evident digital signature) of the loan file is stored on Provenance, a blockchain protocol. When a loan is transferred or pledged to a third party, a new hash is added to Provenance, reflecting the transferee as owner or pledgee, as applicable, of the loan.
How do I diligence the loans?Figure has built tools in its marketplace that allow for loan level and aggregate pool diligence. Outside of PII, the prospective buyer has visibility to all of the underlying loan information. In addition, Figure provides its underwriting guidelines and credit policy and reps that its loans have been underwritten in accordance with its underwriting guidelines.
What if I want to change the LPA?The LPA is a culmination of two years of loan sale negotiations with counterparties. Non-material changes, e.g., to reflect trust ownership, may be requested and considered.
How many loans has Figure traded, financed and securitized on blockchain?Over $1 billion in HELOCs, plus student loan refinancing and first lien mortgages.
What if I want to take my loans off the blockchain?A buyer has the ability to take the loan off chain. However, in doing so they would lose many of the economics benefits (custody cost, servicing, diligence costs) associated with Provenance.
How safe and secure are my loans?Provenance uses best practices in security, including two factor authentication and digital certificates for identity. Digital assets on Provenance are not portable, and any transactions on Provenance have to happen through Silvergate, a Federal Reserve member bank. All records on Provenance are immutable, providing an audit trail for any transaction.
How does enforceability of lien work for the HELOCs?All mortgages are recorded with a county clerk to perfect the lien. An electronic, county-stamped copy of the mortgage is uploaded to the loan file so that the owner of the loan has a complete record of the loan documents. Whenever a HELOC is sold or pledged to a new party, Provenance is updated to reflect that party’s interest in the loan. A bill of sale is also executed to demonstrate the legal transfer from one party to another party.
Does the marketplace require me to buy or sell crypto currencies?No. Loans are purchased with fiat.
Are the loans bank and credit union eligible?Bank and credit union loan pools have a post-close evaluation process that is designed to comply with FIRREA. We have historically sold loans to banks, among other buyers. While HELOC borrowers are not required to be credit union members, we expect to have credit union partners that reoffer memberized pools for credit unions.
Can I reoffer a pool of whole loans as participation interests?Yes.