SoftBank invests $500 million in to digitize mortgage lending

The funding brings the US digital mortgage lender’s valuation to $6 billion, up from $4 billion last November when it raised $200 million during a Series D round, per TechCrunch. offers proprietary mortgages via a fully digital and commission-free loan process. It also integrates its offering into the platforms of partners like Ally Bank to improve their mortgage processes.

Pandemic conditions over the past year drove demand for’s digital solution, boosting its valuation amid record-breaking loan volumes.

  • Borrowers flocked to its online and cheap mortgage process due to stay-at-home rules and historically low interest rates. Traditional mortgage processes tend to require frequent branch visits, with the closing usually involving an in-person meeting with all involved parties, including the attorney, closing agent, and lender. But pandemic-induced lockdown measures pushed consumers to seek online application processes, which already offered. Its platform drastically reduced time and fees spent on mortgage applications: Users can get pre-approved in 3 minutes, while its commission-free business model allows customers to save an average of $3,500 in fees, per CEO Vishal Garg. Additionally, mortgage rates went in a downward spiral over the course of 2020, encouraging both first-time purchases and refinancing.
  • is already on track to beat its 2020 record. went from processing $1.2 billion in loans per month pre-pandemic to over $2.5 billion in October, funding a total of $25 billion in loans for 2020. And despite mortgage rates ticking back up, the digital mortgage lender is already on track to beat this record in H1 2021: It funded $14 billion in loan volume in Q1 alone.

To propel its growth, should target fintech startups looking to add a mortgage offering. is already partnering with banks to digitize their mortgage processes, but increased consumer demand for digital mortgage solutions could entice fintechs to add this offering as well, presenting new partnership opportunities for Startups in other fintech hubs are already moving forward: UK digital wealth manager Moneybox is helping users find the best mortgage deals, while WealthSimple is planning a mortgage product in Canada. In the US, Betterment currently offers financial education on homebuying, but could position itself as the partner of choice for interested US fintechs to rapidly bring mortgage loans to market, helping it diversify its distribution channel.