Industry Watch: gets big investment, Homespire expands in Georgia and more

Rocket Mortgage has announced a new partnership with pro golfer and 2020 U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau, whose driver will now be adorned with Rocket Mortgage branding. The company’s logo will also appear on DeChambeau’s left sleeve. The company is no stranger to golf sponsorships, as it is currently the “official mortgage provider of the PGA Tour,” as well as the present title sponsor of the Rocket Mortgage Classic held at Detroit Golf Club.

Homespire Mortgage has announced a new branch in Atlanta, to be led by mortgage industry veteran Ryan Jacobs, formerly of First Fidelity Funding. The new office is located at 6000 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 290. has received an influx of $500 million via investment from SoftBank, valuing the digital lender at approximately $6 billion. The Wall Street Journal reported that SoftBank is acquiring shares from existing investors and giving its voting rights to Vishal Garg, who founded in 2016.

Nations Lending has added to the size of its California footprint with a new branch in Walnut Creek. The branch will be led by Brian Paris, who comes to the company from BluPrint Home Loans.

Black Knight has announced the release of the second generation of its Rapid Analytics Platform (RAP), a cloud-based data platform that allows users to directly access the company’s data offerings. The new generation promises a “streamlined workflow experience” for users, allowing users to build or customize their own analytics and adding new “workspaces” to help users create custom views of Black Knight data.

Unify has announced that it is working with Experian to create a mortgage lead qualification engine, which, according to statement, “combines the power of technology and data to provide a robust native mortgage solution to manage leads.” Clients pre-qualifying through Unify’s platform will be sent through a soft credit inquiry by Experian, which does not impact the consumer’s credit score. The new integration also includes “Mortgage Inquiry Alerts,” which automatically identify when a contact is in the market for a mortgage.


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