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GLVAR Agents - Empower Your Homebuyers!

RatePlug for agents lets you display affiliated Lender’s mortgage payment and branding information within the property listings that you send to your homebuyers. Completely compliant with all regulations.

  • This FREE Program for Agents provides Homebuyers: Live, interactive mortgage payment information based on accurate Interest rates, property taxes, insurance and assessments for each property listing they view (See Sample Below).
  • Homebuyers spend more time viewing property listings (approximately 6.5 minutes per property).
  • Brokers will increase customer exposure to their in-house lender and increase mortgage leads, while offering a value-added service to their Agents.
  • Brokers can display their affiliated Lender(s) and/or allow Agents to choose their own lending partners (up to 3).
  • Generates Co-branded Marketing Flyers for your listings or open house events. View Property Flyer Sample

How Does RatePlug Work?

RatePlug is embedded into the GLVAR MLS system you use to search and send property reports to your homebuyers.

When you send your MLS property reports to your customers, they will now have access to accurate, interactive mortgage product and payment information specific to each property. The payment information is based on up to date interest rates from your lender of choice and includes property taxes, assessments, and home owner’s insurance estimations.

You and your customer can interact with the information and play ‘what if’ scenarios to best determine their financing needs. In addition, the customer is given the ability to ask mortgage questions and is provided access to your trusted lending partners contact information.

The screenshot below is an example of how RatePlug may display for your buyers within Matrix. The layout of the property information and location and type of RatePlug displays and links will vary depending on the MLS System that is used to generate the report. This is a live demo. RatePlug shows near the bottom of the page. You can enter the Estimated Sales Price and Down Payment and hit calculate to see RatePlug in action. In addition, A sample report may be available for viewing within Matrix for all GLVAR members. Look for ‘13-SFR Flyer w/Rate Plug-2’ within the property detail report choices to determine if a Sample Report is available. RatePlug may also be displayed in other Customer Reports via a link. See Report with Link Sample.

***This is a sample of a RatePlug display. Rate and mortgage information is for illustration purposes only.

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RatePlug is Easy to Use

RatePlug is an automated system. You do not need to learn how to use any new software or log onto any system to participate. Once you are enrolled, a 2 minute process, your lending partner supports you, which only takes them a few minutes a day!

Your lender will make sure their mortgage products and rates are kept current, and they will also provide you with the Property Flyers for your listings or open house events. All you need to do is continue to send properties to potential homebuyers through the MLS system.

RatePlug has contracted with the MLS to provide the Program as one of the services included in your membership. There are no additional fees to participate.

Your lending partners pay a license fee to participate, but they can work with as many agents as they choose for one low annual fee. Their fee is not based on transactions or program usage.

Select Your Lenders

RatePlug does not display random lending companies’ information like other mortgage sites do. You tell us who you would like to display, and we do the rest. We will contact your lender or lenders (you can display up to 3 lenders) to explain the benefits of the Program and guide them through the enrollment process.

Your customers have access to your trusted lenders and the services they provide, providing you peace of mind regarding the mortgage process.

Property Flyer System

When you list a new property in GLVAR, your lending partner has the ability to create co-branded professional flyers. Lenders across the United States have provided their Agents with more than 20,000 flyers a month through RatePlug in 2011.

RatePlug archives every flyer and property detail created in our system for 6 years in compliance with the new FTC (MAP) guidelines.

There are several templates available (ask your lender to demonstrate) or Click here to View a sample RatePlug and Property Flyer display for your listings.

property flyer

RatePlug Agent Dashboard

Agent Dashboard

RatePlug Protects you from FTC (MAP) Violations

Compliance Overview:

The ever changing regulatory environment within the real estate industry has dramatically altered the way real estate and mortgage professionals evaluate new products and technologies. RatePlug continues to grow our market footprint across the Country, supporting over 600,000 agents in over 50 of the largest MLS organizations. Our list of participating banks, credit unions and lending companies now exceeds 800 entities. Each of these lending companies has evaluated and approved the RatePlug Program as compliant. In addition, RatePlug has enlisted the services of K&L Gates, the leading compliance experts in the Country to validate our Program's adherence to all regulatory guidelines.

Specific details pertaining to regulations:

RESPA-TILA: RatePlug contracts with the local MLS organization to add the RatePlug Program to their core services provided to their Agent members for which the members pay membership dues. The lender pays RatePlug a license fee to be displayed within the system. There are no fees being paid by Lenders on behalf of agents and there is no mention or criteria for leads to be contingent on affiliation. The real estate agent can display multiple lenders as well.

FTC MAP: The FTC implemented requirements regarding Mortgage advertising. The Mortgage Acts and Practices (MAP) regulations impact ALL real estate professionals offering information about mortgages to clients or customers. RatePlug has taken the following steps to protect the Broker/Agents:

Record Keeping - The regulations specify that real estate professionals are required to save all mortgage related communications for up to 6 years (RatePlug actually stores for 10 years) from the date that the communication was made available to the consumer. RatePlug archives every lender display created on property reports as well as every property flyer generated through the RatePlug system for retrieval at a later date if necessary.

Disclaimer language - RatePlug has adopted the National Association of Realtor's recommended disclaimer and has incorporated the language into all flyers generated through our Program. This disclaimer is simple and clear specifying that the Broker/Agent is not a mortgage lender and directs the customer to contact the lender directly with mortgage related inquiries.

REG Z: The foundation of the RatePlug Program was based on the aggregation and display of accurate rates, APR's, and disclaimers within our presentation layer. The participating lender inputs and controls all the rate and program information that will be displayed. Our development team has painstakingly made every effort to ensure that all REG Z guidelines are met and exceeded. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart have orally expressed that the RatePlug Program is compliant with REG Z guidelines. In addition, we receive scrutiny from each lender that participates in our Program. We have national approval from some of the largest lenders. Each Lender is able to customize all disclosure information within our system as a further safeguard.

TRID: RatePlug has added the required "Projected Payment" tables to all of our flyers and MLS displays. See below

Ongoing diligence: RatePlug's legal advisors and vast network of national lenders ensures that we are aware of the latest regulatory rulings, and our team of developers work diligently with these entities to adjust our RatePlug Program to seamlessly implement any changes that would impact our subscribers.

Study Results

Compliance Overview:

The most recent study looked at 23,191 real estate transactions within 3 major metro areas (Timeframe for MLS Data used is from January 2015 through February 2016). The data was derived from Agents that are Active with RatePlug and Agents who are not Active with RatePlug in order to determine the Total # of Days between List date and Contract date. The data included Single Family homes, Townhomes and Condominiums.

RatePlug Study Results # Days from List Date
Agents Using RatePlug 56 days
Agents Not Using RatePlug 65 days
Difference in Days 9 days
% Difference 15%

This demonstrates an Average of 15% reduction in the transaction timeline between List Date and Contract Date for Agents that are using RatePlug system.

*There are other factors that have not been measured that could help contribute to this difference (ie: Top Agents are enrolling in RatePlug). The study included markets in Massachusetts, Virginia and Georgia.