Unison is a fintech company that helps homebuyers with a downpayment in exchange for benefiting from any appreciation in the...
Coming up with a 20% down payment on a home can be quite a challenge, San Francisco based Unison is looking to offer help to these prospective buyers; a Unison deal typically involves the homebuyer putting down 10%, Unison putting down 10% and the remaining 80% would be borrowed; Unison charges a 2.5% fee and shares in 35% of future appreciation or depreciation; this allows for the homebuyers to keep payments lower and save on private mortgage insurance (PMI), which is required if the loan to value exceeds 80%; "We are partnering with the homeowners by investing alongside them in the house," Unison Co-CEO Jim Riccitelli told the San Francisco Chronicle; the Unison offering looks to replace local bay area assistance programs offered to lower income household and first time buyers. Source
Lending Times reports on the business model created by Unison to improve the affordability of home ownership in the United States; the firm has developed two main products, a HomeOwner and HomeBuyer product, that are based on an investment model rather than a lending model; as a real estate investor the firm provides capital for borrowers and shares in the gain or loss of the real estate property's value; Unison and other innovative real estate businesses participated in a panel at LendIt USA 2017 titled, "The New Era of Buying & Selling a House" sharing further insight on how fintech innovation is evolving in residential real estate. Source
The Evolution of Home Buying: The Rise of Home Ownership Investments and What It Means for Consumers
Innovation in online real estate is creating new funding opportunities for homeowners and Unison is one of the market's leading fintech firms; in their featured blog post they provide a recent white paper titled, "A New Era for Home Buying: The Rise of Home Ownership Investments" and give insight on how home ownership financing is changing; the firm introduced home ownership investing in 2007 and has been working since then to integrate it into the US housing finance system; through Unison, home buyers receive an investment for their home that tracks with the home's value and has no financial obligations until the home is sold. Sponsored Blog Post
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In recent years there have been several companies who are focused on what are called shared-equity contracts; these companies provide help to potential homebuyers by providing a portion of the down payment; some companies also offer the ability for current homeowners to sell equity in their home which is an alternative to a cash-out refinance; investors hope to participate in the upside as property values increase; some of the players in this space are Landed, Unison, Point and Patch Homes. Source
Unison offers a unique solution to help homebuyers purchase their home; company provides up to half of the down payment to purchase a home and stands to benefit if the home value increases; product is available in 13 states with 8 lenders and the company is close to one thousand deals completed with an anticipated three thousand additional deals in 2017; chairman and co-CEO Thomas Sponholtz answers other questions about the platform from Crowdfund Insider. Source
Unison has reported new funding that brings its total capital raised to $300 million also announcing new leadership appointments; the new capital will help the company continue its focus on providing more affordable home ownership for US consumers; the funding round included Ron Suber of Prosper Marketplace who will also join the firm as a strategic advisor; the firm has recently added several new executives focused on sales and marketing. Source
The company has now increased its total capital raised to $300 million; Unison helps make homeownership affordable by providing capital in the form of equity in the home that tracks with the value of a home and is payable upon its sale; firm has added Ron Suber from Prosper Marketplace as an investor and strategic advisor; also announced several new leadership appointments and promotions. Source
Unison offers funds for a down payment in exchange for a home ownership stake; in the case of one California homebuyer, the company matched their 10% down payment and required no monthly payments; instead the borrower must repay Unison with the sale of their house plus 35% of any real estate gains incurred from the sale; a handful of companies are offering similar real estate products including Point which offers cash-for-equity arrangements for existing homeowners. Source