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Press Releases Qualia CTO Joel Gottsegen Named a HousingWire 2020 Vanguard


October 1, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Qualia, the leading digital real estate closing platform, announced today that Joel Gottsegen, co-founder and CTO of Qualia has been recognized on HousingWire’s 2020 Vanguard list. This is the sixth year that HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing finance industry for their outstanding leadership in the space.

“The achievements of this year's Vanguards are hard to overstate. They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world, and adapting and innovating even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry's best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments,” said HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler.

As CTO of Qualia, Joel leads product development and execution at Qualia, building technologies that streamline the home closing process from start to finish. This year, Joel led the development and launch of several innovations that improve all points of contact between lenders, title companies, title insurers, home buyers and sellers, and the many other stakeholders involved in a real estate transaction. Additionally, in response to the pandemic, Qualia has also launched several products and features centered around supporting contactless home closings and remote work capabilities.

In early 2020, Joel’s team launched Qualia Post, making Qualia the first real estate technology company to tackle improving both the closing and post-closing process for lenders. Qualia Post streamlines the post-closing process, reducing the workload burden caused by outdated, manual processes and making it easier for two key partners in the real estate transaction - title companies and lenders - to collaborate more efficiently. This launch expanded Qualia’s offerings beyond the title industry to the mortgage industry. Today, Qualia Post is a rapidly growing part of the Qualia suite of products. Lenders using Qualia Post report the automation and organization built into Post substantially reduces the amount of time they need to work on the post-closing operations across the large pool of title partners they work with, freeing them to work on more high value tasks.

Additionally, Joel’s team worked on innovations that enable real estate professionals to continue to conduct business remotely and safely during the pandemic, and also power millions of homebuyers and sellers across the U.S. with a choice in how they want to complete their home purchase. New products for contactless home closings include Qualia RON, the first and only title and escrow software platform with remote online notarization capabilities built directly into an end-to-end cloud-based software platform; Connect Video Chat, which was also used for remote ink-signed notarizations (RIN) during home closings; and the ability to access remote online notaries directly through Qualia Marketplace. Qualia also launched secure in-app team video chat functionality and real time in-app county closure notifications to support business continuity for the real estate industry.

HousingWire’s 2020 Vanguards have led their respective companies to spectacular success, as evidenced by expanding products, services, and profits. The winners were carefully selected by HousingWire’s selection committee, chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry.

“I’m honored to have been named a HousingWire Vanguard alongside so many talented and innovative real estate leaders,” said Gottsegen. “This year has forced a great deal of change in real estate and I’m proud of Qualia’s role in supporting the health and growth of our real estate ecosystem now and into the future.”

About HousingWire

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 60,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 1.0 million unique visitors each month. Our audience of mortgage, real estate and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit or to learn more.

About HW Media

HW Media aspires for audiences to “Come for the content, and stay for the community.” By aligning vertical expertise and innovative B2B marketing solutions, HW Media answers the ever-evolving needs of modern professionals, brands and marketers. With a premium suite of advertising solutions, HW Media builds upon this principle, improving reader experience and delivering brand results. Based in Dallas with team members across the country, HW Media was founded in 2016 through the acquisition of HousingWire and is owned by Riomar Capital, an entrepreneurial investment firm.

About Qualia

Qualia is the leading digital real estate closing platform. Qualia’s cloud-based closing rooms provide the complete infrastructure to streamline the home closing experience for real estate businesses and their clients. The company offers a suite of products that brings together homebuyers and sellers, lenders, title & escrow agents and real estate agents onto one secure, remote platform. Since launching in 2015, over half a million real estate professionals have used Qualia for their clients, the company has been named an ALTA Elite Provider, grown to about 300 employees, and has been recognized with the Great Place to Work Certification. Qualia is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has offices in Austin, TX. For more information on Qualia, visit

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