Avista Solutions, a Columbia, SC-based loan origination software developer, released a redesigned consumer Web portal the company says will improve the borrowing experience by allowing consumers to navigate mortgage options online. Avista customizes the Web site for its clients and integrates it into the lenders’ Web site. Tools include payment calculators, loan type scenarios and consumer alerts when rates change. “Our clients told us that their customers have a strong desire to do more online and not always have to talk to a loan officer in order to learn about their options,” said Avista CEO Mark Phlieger. “With the new portal, consumers can do as much or as little as they like, and lenders achieve greater efficiency and reduced workloads,” he added. Write to Austin Kilgore.