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1 1 Marylands SAFE Act Conforming Legislation and the Transition to NMLS This presentation contains currently-available information regarding the Commissioner's transition to the NMLS. It may be updated as necessary and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

2 2 Topics of Discussion Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System SAFE Legislative Framework NMLS Demonstration Maryland Process - Transitioning to NMLS

3 3 Section 1 Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System

4 4 NMLS Description Nationwide state-supervised licensing system Similar to other industries - Securities Investment advisors Custom for mortgage industry Two primary goals: –Uniform mortgage application for every agency –Comprehensive licensing and supervisory repository

5 5 NMLS Description NMLS launched on 1/2/2008 with 7 states 26 state agencies as of March more scheduled in 2009 including MD NMLS currently tracking: –Over 12,000 companies –Over 11,000 branches –Over 55,000 loan originators

6 6 Alaska Texas (OCCC & SML) Utah Montana California (DFI, DOC & DRE) Arizona Idaho Nevada Oregon Iowa Colorado Kansas Wyoming New Mexico Missouri Minnesota Nebraska Oklahoma South Dakota Washington Arkansas North Dakota Louisiana Hawaii Illinois Ohio Florida Georgia Alabama Wisconsin Virginia Indiana (DFI & SOS) Michigan Mississippi Kentucky Tennessee Pennsylvania North Carolina South Carolina West Virginia New Jersey Maine New York Vermont Maryland New Hampshire Connecticut Delaware Massachusetts Rhode Island CSBS/AARMR Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System Puerto Rico (DFI & DRE) States currently using NMLS States to join NMLS in 2009 States to join NMLS in 2010 District of Columbia

7 7 NMLS Objectives Streamline the licensing process –Efficient and standardized process leveraging technology –Centralized record for multi-jurisdictional entities Enhance supervision –Uniform loan originator and lender records –Seamless visibility / coordination among states Increase consumer protection –Industry accountability –Reduced fraud –Access to license and sanction data

8 8 Significant Infrastructure Commitment NMLS at launch: $4.4 million 2008: $4.0 million 2009 $6.8 million –Testing –Education –Criminal Background Checks –Credit reports –Consumer access

9 9 System Overview

10 10 Single License File

11 11 All regulators share the same electronic MU filing Each regulator makes their own licensing decisions and controls their own license information. X Individual State Licensing

12 12 Section 2 SAFE Legislative Framework

13 13 Federal SAFE Legislation Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 –Signed by President Bush on July 30, 2008 –Reforms GSE (Freddie and Fannie) regulation –Modernizes the Federal Housing Administration –Promotes private-sector loan workouts to prevent foreclosure –Licensure of all loan originators (Title V)

14 14 Federal SAFE Legislation All mortgage loan originators must be –Meet minimum standards –Be licensed or registered Financial institutionsRegistration through bank regulatory agencies Non banksLicensing through states on NMLS Extended to mortgage lenders outside federal law

15 15 Key SAFE Participants SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act STATE REGULATORY AGENCY US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT NATIONWIDE MORTGAGE LICENSING SYSTEM & REGISTRY MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS AND LENDERS

16 16 Federal Mandate for States All states must have a system of licensing for loan originators by July 31, 2009 System must meet SAFE definitions and minimum standards, that include: –Licensing loan originators through NMLS –Criminal and credit background check –Education –Testing Maryland Legislation – SB 269 Meets SAFE requirements* Includes several provisions to facilitate transition * Clarifying guidance from HUD is being obtained regarding (1) individual servicer licensing; (2) testing for current licensees; and applicability to manufactured housing

17 17 Federal Mandates for NMLS Establish protocols for issuing unique ID # Process criminal background checks Approve pre-licensure and continuing education courses Develop national test for loan originators Develop mortgage call report Provide public access to licensing data Process consumer complaints

18 18 On April 14, 2009, Governor OMalley signed SB 269 into law bringing Maryland into compliance with SAFE Legislation will become effective July 1, 2009 From a structural perspective, SB 269 seeks to –Maintain underlying structure and elements of MD mortgage licensing laws to retain integrity of features that do not conflict with the Federal SAFE Act –Integrate key elements necessary to meet SAFE Act requirements –Minimize disruption to mortgage industry in the transitional period Maryland SAFE Act Legislation Senate Bill 269

19 19 Key Elements for Originators Terms - 1 term - December 31 st Expiration -Shift from staggered, 2 year licensing in process Definitions - Residential Real Estate - Mortgage Loan - Registered Loan Originator -Retains owner occupied residential 1-4 focus / NOT investment properties -LOs with depositories participate through federal agencies Criminal Background Check -Total prohibition for conviction involving fraud, dishonesty, breach of trust, money laundering -Prohibition for other felony conviction within 7 years -Total prohibition for prior revocation (inc. other state) -Current prohibition for felony conviction for fraud, theft of forgery only if WITHIN 10 years -Currently, Commissioner discretion for other felonies -Currently evaluation of revocations within discretion of Commissioner

20 20 Education -20 hours of pre-licensing education -8 hours of continuing ed -Current law allows 3 years of experience OR 40 hours of pre- licensing education -Currently 20 hours every 2 years Testing -NMLS approved testing-As available (likely 1/10) Financial Responsibility -Financial responsibility must be demonstrated and new credit report submitted with NMLS application -Denial may not be based solely on any one of credit score, bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt from divorce or medical expenses -Currently, no explicit qualification in law previously – good moral character and general fitness for originators Key Elements For Originators

21 21 Key Elements For Originators Surety Bond -SAFE creates requirement for originators -Can be met at employer (lender) level -Functionally parallel to current MD law Other -Non-active status for LO between employers (notice requirement) -Non-SAFE element -Frequent issue in current market

22 22 Transition Timeline NMLS –1/1/09-New / renewal license expiration shifts to 12/31/09 –5/11/09- NMLS Portal opens for MD licensees –6/30/09- Last day for using MD system alone for MO and ML licenses (applications received well prior) –7/1/09- New / renewal license applications approved through NMLS by MD - New / renewal licenses expire on 12/31/10 –1/1/10- NMLS Federal / MD test and fingerprinting open –12/31/10- License transition complete 18 Month Transition Licensing through NMLS Pre-Transition Licensing Solely through MD System

23 23 Section 3 Transitioning to NMLS

24 24 Transition Timeline NMLS –1/1/09-New / renewal license expiration shifts to 12/31/09 –5/11/09- NMLS Portal opens for MD licensees –6/30/09- Last day for using MD system alone for MO and ML licenses (applications received well prior) –7/1/09- New / renewal license applications approved through NMLS by MD - New / renewal licenses expire on 12/31/10 –1/1/10- NMLS Federal / MD test and fingerprinting open –12/31/10- License transition complete 18 Month Transition Licensing through NMLS Pre-Transition Licensing Solely through MD System

25 25 Current Mortgage Loan Origination Professionals in MD Current Licensees (Expiration After 6/30/09 New Licensees (De Novo) New Licensees (Exempt at 6/30/09) NOT an employee of bank or subsidiary? What Does This Mean for You?

26 26 What Does This Mean for Originators? Current originator licensees –NMLS entry at renewal – 18 month transition (you may transition early) –Education / bonding / background check requirements met by 12/31/10 –Testing subject to HUD guidance –Continuing education within past 5 years will meet NMLS pre-licensing requirement New originator licensees - previously exempt mortgage originators –Interim license allows current activities –Interim license application must be received by 7/31/09 or full de-novo licensing –Key requirements (education, background check, bonding, testing) must be satisfied to lift restrictions and must be obtained by 7/31/10 New originator licensees – de-novo –NMLS entry at initial licensing –Full compliance required at outset –Testing deferred until NMLS test is available

27 27 Current Licensees Licenses with expiration dates on or after July 1, 2009 Transition AT EXPIRATION (you may transition early) New license will expire Dec. 31, 2010 (up to 18 months) Key requirements - Education20 hrs of pre-licensing education may be satisfied with 20 hrs of continuing ed. within past 5 years BondingEmployee of licensed mortgage lender may satisfy with employer bond FingerprintingFBI / state – NMLS not yet operational Implementation delayed to 1/1/10 TestingFederal / MD test not yet available Implementation delayed to 1/1/10 Not required until HUD provides guidance Current Originator Licensees LO holding a MD Mortgage Originator license on 7/1/09 must comply with these requirements for NMLS licensing by 12/31/10

28 28 Current Originator Licensees 1) Initiate MU4 on NMLS (after consultation with employer) 2) Complete MU4 and related tasks on NMLS 3) Pay NMLS processing fee - $30 annually / $60 if prior to 12/31/09 4) Proceed to MD website for - (i)Association with lender done on MD website (all lenders not on NMLS until end of transition (12/31/10) (ii)Payment of MD license fee - $225 annually - pro-rated for duration by MD Current Licensees

29 29 What Happens When on MD Website – Current MLO

30 30 What Happens When on MD Website – Current MLO

31 31 What Happens When on MD Website – Current MLO

32 32 New Licensees Previously Exempt Interim Mortgage Loan Originator license if AS OF 6/30/09 –Employed by licensed mortgage lender that makes loans and doesnt broker –Owns 25% or more interest in mortgage lender Application for interim license MUST be received by July 31, 2009 License will expire Dec. 31, 2010 (up to 18 months) BUT Interim status must be cleared by 7/31/10 (within 12 months) Key requirements - Education20 hrs of pre-licensing education 1 Year to Clear Under Interim Status, licensee under same restrictions as under previous exemption BondingEmployee of licensed mortgage lender may satisfy with employer bond FingerprintingFBI / state – NMLS not yet operational Implementation delayed to 1/1/10 TestingFederal / MD test not yet available Implementation delayed to 1/1/10 New Originator Licensees Previously Exempt

33 33 New Originator Licensees Previously Exempt 1) Initiate MU4 on NMLS (after consultation with employer) 2) Complete MU4 and related tasks on NMLS (by 7/31/09 for interim) 3) Pay ALL NMLS and MD fees on NMLS - NMLS - $30 annually / $60 if prior to 12/31/09 - MD - $225 annually / $550 if prior to 12/31/09 and $100 investigation fee 4) Proceed to MD website for association with lender only (all lenders not on NMLS until end of transition (12/31/10) New Licensees Previously Exempt 5) Identify prior exemption on Affidavit of Md MLO Activity 6) Clear background, bonding, education, testing by 7/31/10

34 34 Application any time after May 1, 2009 for approval after July 1, 2009 License will expire Dec. 31, 2010 (up to 18 months) Key requirements - Education20 hrs of pre-licensing education NO INTERIM STATUS All requirements are effective with testing subject to availability FingerprintingFBI and state fingerprint check thru MD NMLS portal not operational yet BondingEmployee of licensed mortgage lender may satisfy with employer bond TestingFederal / MD test not yet available Implementation as available New Originator Licensees De Novo New Licensees De Novo

35 35 New Originator Licensees De Novo New Licensees De Novo 1) Initiate MU4 on NMLS (after consultation with employer) 2) Complete MU4 and related tasks on NMLS 3) Pay ALL NMLS and MD fees on ON NMLS - NMLS - $30 annually / $60 if prior to 12/31/09 - MD - $225 annually / $550 if prior to 12/31/09 and $100 investigation fee 4) Proceed to MD website for association with lender only (all lenders not on NMLS until end of transition (12/31/10)

36 36 What Does This Mean for Lenders? Current lender licensees –NMLS entry at renewal – 18 month transition (you may transition early) –Original / main office MUST be on NMLS for branch to transition – so Original / main office may need to transition early if existing branch expires or new branch is to be licensed prior to expiration of original / main office license –Surety bond and net worth requirements as current New lender licensees –NMLS entry at renewal – 18 month transition (you may transition early) –Original / main office MUST be on NMLS for new branch to be licensed through NMLS – original / main office may need to transition early for new branch to be licensed –Surety bond and net worth requirements as current

37 37 Current Lender Licensees New Licensees De Novo 1) Initiate MU1 on NMLS 2) Initiate MU3 on NMLS – only after MU1 licensing completed* 3) Pay NMLS processing fee only ON NMLS Site - NMLS – Main - $100 annually / $200 if prior to 12/31/09 - NMLS - Branch - $20 annually / $40 if prior to 12/31/09 4) Pay MD license fee on MD website - $1,000 annually - pro- rated for duration * No branch office may be licensed through NMLS until the home/main office has transitioned.

38 38 New Lender Licensees New Licensees De Novo 1) Initiate MU1 on NMLS 2) Initiate MU3 on NMLS – only after MU1 licensing completed* 3) Pay ALL NMLS and MD fees on NMLS - NMLS – Main - $100 annually / $200 if prior to 12/31/09 - NMLS - Branch - $20 annually / $40 if prior to 12/31/09 - MD - $1,000 annually / $2,000 if prior to 12/31/09 No branch office may be licensed through NMLS until the home/main office has transitioned.

39 39 Interim Changes Do NOT make changes to your license while completing the transition / renewal process If you need to make a change, transition / renew through the NMLS immediately and prior to expiration date The license expiration will be extended to December 31, 2010 expiration pursuant to the normal renewal process and a pro-rated fee will be charged Upon approval, you can implement the change through the NMLS directly No interim changes may be processed through MD Use NMLS AFTER license has transition / renewed

40 40 Communication has been and will be ongoing –Electronic newsletter –Webinars Emergency regulations in process to support implementation More Information to Follow

41 41 Advantages of NMLS Single record for each company / originator More efficient simpler multi-state licensing Greater consistency in standards Better technology and support– Superior regulatory oversight - Unified, multi-state access - Enhanced originator tracking - More information – call reports etc.


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