Vida signs deal with Zoot to create a mortgage platform

Mortgage lender Vida has inked a new partnership with data management and analytics company Zoot to develop a digitally focused mortgage journey built around intermediaries.

The partnership is a significant part of Vida’s £5mn investment in its technology strategy and will see the two companies collaborate to build a new end-to-end mortgage platform.

The new cloud-based platform is being developed to minimise the data input required by intermediaries by accessing open banking and other external data sources will be key to providing greater certainty and speed for advisers and their customers.

“The Covid-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on the mortgage market; at Vida we have taken the opportunity to plan for the future and return to the market with a renewed ambition to change mortgages for good,” said Anth Mooney, CEO of Vida. “Through this new partnership with Zoot, Vida is aiming to become a market leader in tech-enabled decisioning and origination so that we can raise the bar for our intermediary partners.

“This is a significant investment for us, and we’ll be working together with Zoot to develop new digitally-enhanced capabilities, built specifically for intermediaries and reflecting the vital role they play in our market.

“Our partnership with Zoot is another important step in our ambition to help the recovery of the mortgage market and support those intermediary partners who have worked so hard to weather the COVID-19 crisis. More customers than ever before will need specialist lenders to find solutions for their own unique circumstances. At Vida we are investing early in that changed landscape so that we can help our intermediary partners to provide that much needed help and advice.”

Adam Jackson, UK managing director of Zoot, added, “Vida are an innovative and technology-led lender and we are proud to be helping them revolutionise their services. Mortgage lending is traditionally labour intensive. Zoot’s end-to-end mortgage platform with a truly digital customer journey will be a real game changer for Vida’s partners and their customers. The combination of Vida’s vision and Zoot’s technology will undoubtedly set a new standard within the UK mortgage industry.”

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