Option One Mortgage Corp., Irvine, Calif., and ValuAmerica, Pittsburgh, have announced an agreement to develop a new vendor management company in Tampa, Fla.The new company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Option One, is named AcuLink Mortgage Solutions LLC. It will initially provide settlement services, including title and closing services, to H&R Block Mortgage Corp., an Option One subsidiary that originates residential mortgage loans directly to consumers nationwide. During a pilot test of the new program, title commitments were delivered in an average of two days, title conditions were cleared in another two days, and final title policies were received within two days of funding, the companies said. ValuAmerica, a provider of settlement services and vendor management technology, will develop work processes and provide turnkey recruiting, training, licensing and other consulting services. Option One can be found online at http://www.optiononemortgage.com.

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