UWM debuts 0% down payment mortgage purchase product

Mat Ishbia and United Wholesale Mortgage unveiled a 0% down purchase product Thursday, constructing on the wholesale large’s aggressive choices within the lending area. 

The product will grant dwelling consumers a 3% second lien, down payment help mortgage as much as $15,000, the agency’s president and CEO stated at his firm’s convention. The dealer instrument permits debtors to repay the downpayment lien by the tip of their mortgage mortgage, or by the point the primary lien is paid off. It additionally does not accrue curiosity nor require month-to-month funds. 

“Brokers have one thing that no one in America has,” Ishbia stated Thursday afternoon. 

“Not solely is it a real 0% down (product), nevertheless it’s additionally one constant method to get it executed for brokers and debtors with out leaping by means of all these down payment help hoops which can be on the market,” stated Melinda Wilner, chief working officer at UWM.

A primary-time homebuyer has no Area Median Income restriction, and will need to have a minimal FICO rating of 700. They additionally should meet FreddieMac’s HomeOne tips. Non-first-time homebuyers can use the product if they’ve an AMI of 80% or decrease and should meet Freddie’s HomePossible tips. 

 The necessities are just like UWM’s 1% down product, which allowed consumers to place 1% down whereas the lender paid one other 2%, or as much as $4,000 of the down payment. That product will likely be discontinued, Ishbia stated. 

The product was closely requested, Wilner stated, and the agency expects extra quantity for the 0% down product versus the 1% down mortgage, given present affordability considerations. 

Ultra-low downpayment packages have been a staple of the housing finance business earlier than the Great Financial Crisis, however have made a comeback since, with related mortgage promotions provided by main gamers. 

Wilner was not overly involved with the product’s debt load onto shoppers, emphasizing the no curiosity accrued side and the truth that a borrower might theoretically pay the mortgage on the finish of a 30-year typical mortgage lifespan.

“It is a debt, nevertheless it’s a debt and not using a payment,” she stated. 

Buyers right this moment face lofty dwelling costs and charges persevering with to cling close to 7%. Recently, lenders have touted buydowns and low cost factors as methods to mitigate excessive prices, though a Freddie Mac examine discovered these advantages to be marginal.