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In the Amazon age, consumers are more pampered – and less patient – than ever. Tap your phone and, voilà – hot food from your favorite restaurant arrives in minutes. High-end electronics appear on your doorstep in hours.

However, the mortgage industry has yet to deliver anything like that level of instant gratification. The typical time from application to consummation of a mortgage is 50 days, according to ICE Mortgage Technology, a glacial pace compared to the swiftness of most other things in modern life.