The “Federal Housing Finance and Regulatory Reform Act of 2008” is out. Here’s the PDF and here is the summary of the Dodd amendment. There’s a section inside Senator Dodd’s amendment that calls for national loan originator licensing. The first stop is page 34 where the definition of an LO is provided:
A) IN GENERAL
The term ‘‘loan originator’’
(i) means an individual who
(I) takes a residential mortgage loan application; and
(II) offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan for compensation or gain;
(ii) does not include any individual
who is not otherwise described in clause (i) and who performs purely administrative or clerical tasks on behalf of a person who is described in any such clause; and (iii) does not include a person or entity that only performs real estate brokerage activities and is licensed or registered in accordance with applicable State law, unless the person or entity is compensated by a lender, a mortgage broker, or other loan originator or by any agent of such lender, mortgage broker, or other loan originator.
(B) OTHER DEFINITIONS RELATING TO LOAN ORIGINATOR.
For purposes of this subsection, an individual ‘‘assists a consumer in obtaining or applying to obtain a residential mortgage loan’’ by, among other things, advising on loan terms (including rates, fees, other costs), preparing loan packages, or collecting information on behalf of the consumer with regard to a residential mortgage loan.
This broad definition of “loan originator” means that we’ll be licensing LOs no matter where they work: broker, banker, consumer finance company, or credit union. There will be 20 hours of required, pre-licensing education and a national test delivered by the National Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. 75% to pass.
There’s way more to this bill than Nat’l LO licensing. 387 pages more. But that’s a good start. Here’s the MBAA recap:
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today announced that the Committee passed “The Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008,