Why eVault Technology is Essential to eNote Success

The Snapdocs eVault: Built for all mortgage participants to scale eNotes
Camelia Martin
Camelia Martin

The mortgage industry is undergoing a long-awaited digital transformation, spurred by the need to maximize profitability and productivity. While hybrid closings offer considerable benefits for originators, digitizing the promissory note (eNote) not only saves $290+ per loan, but dramatically increases efficiency, enhances security, and reduces risk. To achieve these eNote benefits, lenders require a critical piece of eNote technology: an eVault.

For a deep dive into the eNote process, read the Mechanics of eNotes white paper

eVault technology plays a critical role in a mortgage participant’s ability to drive eNote adoption and make these projected cost savings a reality. To better understand why digitization of the note is such a game changer, let’s delve into what eNotes and eVaults are, the processes that are involved, and the benefits lenders can reap by using this technology.


What is an eVault?

An eVault is the platform used to securely generate, execute, store, manage, and transfer copies of eNotes and other digital mortgage documents. The eVault validates that the eNote has not been tampered with, provides a comprehensive audit trail of all events, and distinguishes between the authoritative and non-authoritative copies of eNotes. 

Here's how it works: 

  1. The eNote is generated by the eVault
  2. Borrower(s) electronically signs the eNote
  3. The eVault applies tamper seal to the eNote
  4. The eNote is registered on the MERS® eRegistry
  5. A copy of the eNote is sent to trading counterparties via MERS® eDelivery
  6. Once accepted, rightsholder positions and authoritative copy designations are updated accordingly
    Note: Steps 5 & 6 would not apply to an eNote that is kept in a lender’s portfolio. 

Designing the Snapdocs eVault 

Snapdocs uncovered a number of consistent pain points that prevented originators from achieving eNote at scale. The Snapdocs eVault was intentionally designed to address these core challenges, including:

  • Lack of eNote integrity and interoperability that render eNotes invalid or cause them to be converted to paper notes
  • Highly limited data and reporting capabilities that leave employees to cobble together reports and complete manual, stare-and-compare analyses to reconcile data
  • Lack of system reliability that causes eVaults to go down for hours without warning
  • Limited transparency and security that impact the successful transfer of the eNote

Snapdocs then partnered closely with loan originators and secondary market participants to build the Snapdocs eVault that is:

Easy to Use: An intuitive user interface that takes the guesswork out of the status of the eNote, or any additional actions required in the eVault

Interoperable: GSE-approved and fully integrated with the MERS eRegistry® and MERS eDelivery for seamless, automated, and compliant eNote transactions

Hyper-reliable: Robust security features including best-in-class encryption, verification of digital tamper-evident seals, audit logs, and third-party testing to ensure integrity and enforceability


Today, the Snapdocs eVault is successfully helping lenders achieve their eNote goals at scale. To learn more about the success lenders have experienced with the Snapdocs eVault, watch the recent National Mortgage News webinar featuring PRMI, Fannie Mae, and Snapdocs.


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Learn more about Camelia Martin

Camelia Martin

Camelia Martin, Head of Industry & Regulatory Affairs at Snapdocs Camelia Martin has over 16 years of experience in mortgage finance technology. As Head of Industry & Regulatory Affairs at Snapdocs, she collaborates with a broad spectrum of industry participants to advance the adoption of digital mortgage closings. Martin has focused expertise in the use of eNotes (electronic promissory notes), and throughout the course of her career she has led a number of digital mortgage initiatives which directly supported programs for key stakeholders such as Ginnie Mae, the Federal Home Loan Banks, and the Mortgage Industry Standards & Maintenance Organization (MISMO). Prior to joining Snapdocs, Martin held senior leadership roles at Falcon Capital Advisors and MERSCORP Holdings, now ICE Mortgage Technology. Martin was selected as a 2020 HousingWire Woman of Influence in recognition of her efforts to accelerate the industry’s adoption of digital mortgage closings. She also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to MISMO, and as Co-Chair of MISMO’s Remote Online Notarization Standards and eNote/eVault Interoperability Committees.

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