Whereas traditional lenders take between 18 and 40 days to produce confirmed offers, BlueZest is quoting speeds as fast as 15 minutes for initial loan quotes and 30 minutes for confirmed offers. What’s even more impressive is that this five-month development project involved just three full-time and one half-time developers, two of whom were almost straight out of college.
FinTech firm BlueZest is a technology-based specialised property investment funder serving landlords, developers, and small business owners with buy-to-let and development finance products. They’re on a mission to bring mortgage applications into the digital age with a fast and simple-to-use mortgage application experience. Having researched a wide variety of low-code development options, BlueZest partnered with OutSystems to build their digital mortgage application system.
“As a start-up business, speed to market was always an important consideration,” said John Robinson, Chief Technology Officer at BlueZest. “Building a new digital application from scratch needed an approach that was easy to learn and would rapidly deliver a complex application available to customers anytime, anywhere via their device of choice. A capable low-code platform was the obvious choice. It allows us to focus on delivering business requirements, rather than wasting time worrying about source code.”
Significant criteria that led BlueZest to OutSystems included compliance and security leadership, (to safeguard personal and financial data), industry- leading integration options, and the need for great user experiences on any platform and device.
Robinson hired two web developers who were recent graduates and a more experienced developer, none of whom had prior experience with OutSystems. According to Robinson, the team found the OutSystems low-code platform easy to learn. “The online training approach and weekly webinars with one of OutSystems customer success team members worked well for our team. The advice we received meant we got the design and implementation right first time.”
BlueZest’s digital underwriting application went live in October 2017, following a five-month agile development project.
The application’s features include:
“Quick decisions are the key deliverable from the application,” said Robinson. “We can provide customers and intermediaries real certainty on their applications within minutes.”