Industry Watch: UWM, PennyMac raise loan limits early, Plaza reactivates non-QM program and more

United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) has announced that it will honor the 2022 conventional loan limits ahead of the FHFA November announcement. The maximum conforming loan limit for regular, one-unit properties will be $625,000, increased from $548,250. For special statutory provisions including Alaska and Hawaii, the baseline loan limit will be $937,500 for regular, one-unit conventional loans, increased from $822,375.

UWM has also announced the launch of BOLT, a self-service platform that provides the ability to get an initial approval for qualified borrowers in just 15 minutes. The new tool utilizes data extraction, auto doc recognition and smart technology to input information from items such as driver’s licenses, income statements, county records and more. It will also provide brokers with access to the same income calculator used by UWM underwriters, and, using automated tools and artificial intelligence, will notify the user of any potential discrepancies. The new feature can be found in UWM’s loan origination system, EASE.

PennyMac has also announced that it will now offer expanded conforming loan amounts up to at least $625,000 in all states and counties through its Broker and Correspondent channels. Higher balances for two- to four-unit properties are also available.

Plaza Home Mortgage has announced that it is reactivating its Solutions Non-QM program, offering loan amounts up to $3.5 million. Known as Solutions Non-QM, the program is available through Plaza’s Wholesale channel and will be supported by a dedicated “Scenario Desk” and non-QM underwriting team. Initial offerings include 12- and 24-month bank statement loans, expanded standard documentation eligibility, and additional flexible documentation types to provide financing solutions to more borrowers.

Two Tucson-area residential mortgage professionals and their teams have joined forces with CrossCountry Mortgage. Jerry Sundt of The Sundt Team and Derrick Polder of Polder Group have opened local CrossCountry branches to meet the lending needs of Tucson area residents. Sundt’s branch is located at 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 107, while Polder’s branch is at 5151 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 700.

Equifax has announced a partnership with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Brokers of America (NAMMBA) to help support its efforts to assist underserved communities and their housing needs. Through the new partnership, Equifax will work to expand access to credit to underserved and marginalized borrowers while also working to deliver differentiated data to align with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.


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