United Wholesale Mortgage overview
United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) underwrites loans for mortgage brokers, banks and credit unions. It doesn't lend directly to borrowers. Instead, borrowers mainly deal with the company's loan servicing department.
Founded in 1986, United Wholesale Mortgage is headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, and is one of the top wholesale lenders in the country.
United Wholesale Mortgage has a flat closing fee of $200 in most areas where it lends. In Colorado and New Jersey, the closing fee is $300. There’s also a $31 fee for a credit report check.
One notable perk is that United Wholesale Mortgage doesn’t charge an escrow waiver fee on most conventional and VA loans. That means borrowers who choose to waive escrow (pay taxes and insurance on their own) won’t have to pay extra to do so.
Minimum borrower requirements
United Wholesale Mortgage’s borrower requirements vary by loan type. For a conventional loan, borrowers need a credit score of 640 or higher and a down payment of at least 3 percent. UWM doesn’t publish its debt-to-income (DTI) requirements, but following Fannie Mae’s guidelines, you’ll generally need a DTI of 43 percent or lower in order to qualify.
Jumbo mortgage borrowers can have a FICO score as low as 680, but borrowers only putting 10 percent down will need a credit score of 720 or higher.
It’s possible to qualify for an FHA loan with a credit score as low as 580. For an FHA loan, you’ll typically need a DTI of 50 percent or less.
VA loans through UWM require a credit score of 640 or higher. There’s a minimum loan amount of $125,000. You’ll also need low debt relative to your income.
There are no credit or minimum down payment requirements for USDA loans, but borrowers must meet income eligibility guidelines and be located in an eligible rural area. To get the best pricing through UWM, borrowers need a minimum credit score of 640.
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