US Mortgage Lender UWM Plans to Accept Bitcoin Payments

US Mortgage Lender UWM Plans to Accept Bitcoin Payments

United Wholesale Mortgage plans to accept cryptocurrency payments – likely bitcoin – later this year in an apparent first for the U.S. mortgage industry, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Michigan-based lender will start by taking bitcoin but is looking into ether and other cryptocurrencies as well, CEO Mat Ishiba told the paper. “We’re going to walk before we run,” he said while emphasizing UWM wanted its crypto service to be first to market.

UWM is a national mortgage lender with $59.2 billion in loan volume last quarter. Ishiba announced its upcoming crypto policy during the publicly traded company’s Monday earnings call.

The notion of paying down a mortgage with cryptocurrency is not entirely new. Earlier this month, a Spanish opposition party submitted a bill that would allow such payments. Other projects would see bitcoin become collateral for mortgages and loans.

UWM did not immediately respond to CoinDesk.