The use of loan origination system (LOS) software is changing how brokers, lenders, and institutions process loan applications.
These software platforms help you streamline workflows, increase cost-efficiency, improve communications, reduce operating cost, and minimize errors.
Understanding the pricing structure of these LOS solutions can help you choose one that works for your business model and budget.
The Cost of LOS Solutions: Key Considerations
There are various expenses associated with implementing a LOS solution and you should understand how the technologies affect your costs:
If you choose to have an on-premise solution installed on your own local servers or hard drives, you have to pay a substantial amount upfront for software licensing and implementation. You'd also likely have to purchase additional hardware and hire a team to configure the software.
On the other hand, the upfront investment is often minimal when you use a cloud-based solution. There's no licensing fee and all you need are the devices your employees can use to access the Internet.
Ongoing Maintenance and Support
When you use an on-premise solution, you're responsible for the ongoing maintenance. You also have to allocate additional budget to purchase upgrades periodically. Vendors rarely offer extensive customer care and you'll need to account for the added cost of hiring an IT team with various expertise for ongoing support.
When you use a cloud-based LOS solution, the vendor will take care of all the ongoing maintenance, provide regular upgrades, and offer 24/7 customer support so you can reduce the overhead associated with IT resources and personnel.
Visibility and Budgeting
If a server needs to be replaced or a software upgrade is required for an on-premise solution, you could incur a sizable unplanned cost that impacts your budget and cash flow.
Meanwhile, the subscription fee for cloud applications covers all the maintenance and upgrades so you don't have to worry about unexpected expenses. You'll also have more stability and predictability to better control your budget.
Security and Compliance
It's becoming increasingly costly to implement the many cyber-security protocols and stay compliant with strict industry regulations. When you use an on-premise solution, you're responsible for the cost associated with security and compliant, which is becoming prohibitive for many businesses.
Meanwhile, a cloud provider has a team of security experts to help ensure that the platform stays compliant at all times so you can eliminate the costs associated with IT security and avoid hefty penalties.
Choosing the Right Pricing Structure For Your Cloud-Based LOS Solution
Most cloud vendors offer monthly, quarterly, or annual payment plans to suit the needs of your organization. For example, monthly payment allows you to distribute expenses throughout the fiscal year while an annual plan often costs less.
In addition, some vendors offer different pricing models, such as user-based, usage-based, and success-based:
- User-based pricing: usually priced at per user per month, this model offers the flexibility to add users as your business grows. It also gives you the stability and predictability for better control over your budget.
- Usage-based pricing: you only pay for the features and capacity you actually use during a set period of time. You can also save cost by opting for a quarterly plan that can accommodate the differences in monthly volumes during any quarter.
- Success-based pricing: this model aligns the vendor's interest with that of the client's success and volume. Often, pricing is based on per closed loan and you only pay when you successfully close a deal through the LOS software.
The Right Pricing Model For Your Business
To increase profitability, you need to manage the costs associated with running your business.
LendingPad offers LOS solutions with various pricing structures that work with your budget and suit the needs of your organization. See what's included in the Broker Edition, Lender Edition, and Institution Edition here.