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NewsOctober 25, 2023
Nation's #1 VA Loan Originator Joins UMortgage
Patton Gade—the #1 VA Loan Originator and #89 Top Purchase Volume Loan Originator in the Nation, per the 2023 Scotsman Guide Rankings—announces that he has joined UMortgage as its National Director of Military Lending. In his role, Gade will continue to originate loans while leading UMortgage’s new Military Lending Division which will strive to increase access to homebuying opportunities for members of the military community and change the narrative and negative stigmas associated with VA loans within the mortgage industry. “I’m thrilled to join the UMortgage platform and team up with its already impressive team of VA Loan Originators,” said Gade. “Our vision at UMortgage is to educate and serve veterans through their homeownership journey with the same selfless passion in which they served our country.” As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he’s dedicated his career in the mortgage industry to help create life-changing opportunities through homeownership for active service members, Veterans, and their families. Upon his arrival at UMortgage, Gade will join forces with fellow top Veteran Loan Originator and West Point alumnus, Jay Bunte, to bolster UMortgage’s VA offerings and coach its LOs to better serve Veteran homebuyers. In 2023, more than 20% of the loans originated by UMortgage LOs were VA loans. With Gade leading its Military Lending Division, UMortgage hopes to continue to increase those figures. Bunte, who ranked #28 in the Scotsman Guide’s 2023 Top VA Volume, expressed a profound excitement to help create such a high-quality sales division purely dedicated to helping serve former and active service members and debunk preconceived myths regarding VA loans. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with and learn from someone like Patton who has such an incredible passion for serving and educating our Veterans and active service members,” said Bunte. “There’s no shortage of misconceptions surrounding VA loans and Veteran homebuyers within our industry. The military division that we are creating will do a lot to correct those narratives and help us better serve our service members.” If you’re interested in learning more about what UMortgage is doing to help independent mortgage brokers grow their businesses, sign up for its weekly Loan Originators Powered by UMortgage discovery call which is hosted every Thursday at 2pm ET. About UMortgage UMortgage is a nationwide loan origination company committed to transforming the mortgage industry through innovation, exceptional growth, and dedication to client experience. With more than 300 Loan Originators, an industry-best 95 net promoter score (NPS), and 250% year-over-year growth, UMortgage is growing in a shrinking market, demonstrating its adaptability, and showing an unwavering commitment to providing top-tier service to its clients. Visit for more information.
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NewsSeptember 29, 2023
Ben Suttin & Andrew Pinzon Expand UMortgage & NXT’s Large Footprint in Texas
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Sept. 29, 2023 — UMortgage, a national mortgage platform dedicated to providing Loan Officers with the tools needed to offer homebuyers and real estate agents a best-in-class homebuying experience, is delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Suttin and Andrew Pinzon to UMortgage’s NXT Mortgage branch. Suttin and Pinzon join UMortgage’s growing roster of talented LOs after leading high-producing branches at Caliber Home Loans and Cardinal Financial. Since the start of 2022, the teams they led have originated a combined $160 million in loan volume. With nearly a decade of industry experience each, the pair marks the latest LOs to migrate to the UMortgage platform from a retail lending background. “I’m thrilled to join the UMortgage platform. Having more lenders to choose from, more loan products, and better rates made it clear that this platform will allow me to better serve my clients,” said Sutton. “The opportunity to partner with Tyler Hodgson [EVP of Growth at UMortgage] and his team will provide me with the support I need to focus on what I do best which is closing loans and providing amazing service!” Pinzon, who spent the last year as an originating Branch Manager at Cardinal Financial, will once again reunite with his long-time partner, Suttin, at UMortgage’s NXT Branch. The two Texans first connected when Pinzon transitioned from LOA to loan officer in 2014. Pinzon quickly climbed the ranks to earn branch management roles at Nations Lending, Caliber, and Cardinal. “Mortgage lending is more than just selling loans, it’s about helping create life-changing opportunities through homeownership.” said Pinzon. “By joining UMortgage and an experienced and successful team with NXT Mortgage, I’ll have more options to enable me to offer my buyers a more accessible and streamlined homebuying experience.” Suttin & Pinzon’s branch add to an already robust presence of UMortgage in San Antonio and the state of Texas as a whole. Tyler Carlston, who has been with UMortgage since April 2022, has established himself as the #1 VA LO in the state of Texas. Since it was founded by Hodgson in 2017, NXT Mortgage powered by UMortgage has grown to become the top brokerage in Texas and one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation, as recognized by INC 5000. If you’re an agent in San Antonio looking to partner with an experienced mortgage professional with more than 20 lenders and hundreds of loan products at their disposal, follow the affiliated links to contact Pinzonor Suttin directly. About UMortgage UMortgage is a mortgage platform built to help loan originators scale their businesses and create life-changing opportunities through homeownership. With LOs licensed nationwide, UMortgage is providing opportunities to create strong communities through financial literacy, support, and homeownership advocacy.
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NewsSeptember 25, 2023
Anthony Converti and Tanner Kneipp Join UMortgage Platform
PHOENIX, ARIZ. – Sept. 25, 2023 – UMortgage, a national mortgage platform, is delighted to announce the arrival of two Loan Originators, Anthony Converti and Tanner Kneipp, to its talented roster of mortgage experts. Converti and Kneipp join UMortgage after 11 years and 2 years, respectively, at Movement Mortgage. The pair of Arizona-based Loan Originators are the latest to make the switch from a retail lending platform to independent brokerages, with the best interests of the homebuyers they serve at the forefront of this decision. Converti’s mortgage industry career lifted off when he joined Movement as a mortgage underwriter in 2012. In 2016, he made the switch to loan origination and used his comprehensive mortgage knowledge as an underwriter to offer direct insight that helps his clients avoid some of the common roadblocks loans hit when they approach the final stages of the homebuying process. When asked about the factors that encouraged Converti to make the switch to UMortgage’s innovative mortgage platform, he said, “The excitement here and the opportunity to grow with a CEO who’s motivated to deliver best-in-class support, innovative technology, and incredible pricing were the main factors. To grow my branch, have an opportunity… basically more levers to have at my disposal.” Kneipp joins UMortgage on the cusp of finishing his second full year originating loans. The Peoria, Arizona local used their background in mechanical sales to offer a fresh approach to the homebuying experience to his borrowers. With a blue-collar background, Kneipp prides himself on an up-front approach when consulting with his clients. “One of the main reasons why I joined UMortgage was the opportunity to offer my clients more options and better pricing,” said Kneipp. “Buying a home is a huge financial commitment, and as a UMortgage LO, I’m excited to be able to offer the best pricing and products available throughout their homebuying journey.” UMortgage offers its Loan Originators access to more than 20 lenders and a full suite of loan products. With this robust portfolio at their disposal, UMortgage Loan Originators offer homebuyers a fully customized homebuying experience with a home loan bespoke to each buyer’s individual preferences and needs because one-size doesn’t fit all when it comes to buying a home. Converti and Kneipp are licensed in multiple states from coast to coast. If you’re interested in connecting with either of them to start planning your next home purchase or refinance, you can contact Converti here and contact Kneipp here. About UMortgage UMortgage is a mortgage platform built to help loan originators scale their businesses and create life-changing opportunities through homeownership. With LOs licensed nationwide, UMortgage is providing opportunities to create strong communities through financial literacy, support, and homeownership advocacy.
Blog Post
NewsSeptember 1, 2023
Dave Higgins, VP of Business Innovation, Earns 2023 HousingWire Insiders Award
HousingWire—a leading housing industry media publication—today announced its 2023 Insiders Award winners. Dave Higgins, UMortgage’s VP of Business Innovation, was selected as one of the 75 exclusive winners of this award for his excellence in leading a plethora of initiatives and projects that have helped UMortgage grow at scale and enable its team members to succeed in their roles. The HousingWire Insiders Award honors operational leaders in housing who are working behind the scenes to drive their companies and clients forward. According to HousingWire’s press release, “Winners were carefully selected by HousingWire’s selection committee based on their vital and dynamic contributions to their companies and the industry as a whole.” Higgins’ contributions to UMortgage since joining in 2021 have been invaluable to the mortgage platform’s exponential, 300% year-over-year growth. In his role as VP of Business Innovation, Dave is the mastermind behind UMortgage’s approach to any updated process, new initiative, departmental restructure, or ideated solutions to individual and collective pain points. He brings structure, accountability, communication, and user adoption to life all while ensuring the platform maintains its industry-best Net Promoter Score (NPS) and operations turn times. UMortgage sat down with Dave to discuss what it means to win this award and his approach to leadership within the organization. Q: Dave, congratulations on being selected as one of HousingWire’s 2023 Insiders Award winners! What does it mean to be recognized as one of the leading figures of innovation within the housing industry? DH: “It’s an incredible honor! The thing that I really appreciate about this award is that these are the people who don’t get a lot of time to be in the spotlight. I’m glad that this is an opportunity for people who like to be the workhorses of their industry or company to shine and be recognized. Kudos to HousingWire for coming up with an award that really shines a light on those folks who can be easily overlooked in some cases. I love this award for all the hard-working individuals leading these groundbreaking projects throughout our industry. All my fellow nominees and award winners should be proud of the work they do, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see and receive this kind of recognition.” Q: You’ve received this award for working on a lot of the groundbreaking projects at UMortgage that are helping us blaze a trail in the mortgage industry. When reflecting on all the projects you’ve worked on previously, what are some of the things that guide your leadership as new initiatives arise and new projects are started? DH: “The industry evolves incredibly quickly. We have to adjust to things that come by the day and sometimes even by the hour. One of the biggest things that I’ve tried to instill in the teams that I work with is to document everything—that way if you need to refer to anything, you have something concrete right there and available to you. The other thing is to always build in measures of accountability for the individuals leading specific parts of these new projects and processes so we can get a measuring stick for success and ensure that we’re always on the right track. I think there are always opportunities to partner with your business unit in a better way and new methods to get buy-in from the team members and the individuals who are in the trenches. As leaders, we should constantly seek out new methods to engage them and get them excited about what you’re doing, and that’s bringing them into the project and making them part of the decision-making process.” Q: What advice would you give to other leaders or individuals aspiring to innovate in their respective industries? DH: “The biggest advice that I can give is to go outside of your industry to find things that have worked. We can adapt things from manufacturing plants, food service, and really any industry out there. There are very few novel problems in the world. Somebody somewhere else out there has found a way to solve the problem that you have – you just have to find it. Go outside of the industry. Call leaders in other industries and ask them how they would tackle that kind of problem. Nine times out of 10, somebody else has tackled that issue and has a creative solution that you can use.” Dave is the third current UMortgage Executive Leader to earn one of HousingWire’s industry leader awards this year. Gil Arbitsman, CFO, was named one of the publication’s 2023 Finance Leaders while Corie Meredith, VP of Marketing, earned the honor as one of their 2023 Marketing Leaders. UMortgage has carefully curated an award-winning leadership team to champion its vision to create life-changing opportunities through homeownership. Through the guidance of UMortgage’s executive leaders, the platform serves as a trailblazer within the mortgage industry and ensures the success of all its team members and Loan Originators. If you’re interested in learning more about the ways that UMortgage’s leadership team is blazing a trail towards a better mortgage industry, follow this link to hear from some of the platform’s leading minds and top producers.

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