New CMA Webinar Aids Brokers in Safely Navigating SB 978 Regulations

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California Mortgage Association presents: New DRE Investor Questionnaire,
 Revised LPDS, and other SB 978 Issues: A Webinar for Mortgage Brokers DATE: December 18, 2012 TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. DETAILS: This webinar will provide an overview of the new DRE Investor Questionnaire, LPDS, and other aspects of SB 978 which are effective as of January 1, 2013; including: Changes needed to your operations Completing the new Investor Questionnaire safe harbor investment disclosure form Changes to Article 5 & 6 Changes to the Lender/Purchaser Disclosure Statement (LPDS) Other SB 978 issues PRESENTERS: Mitch Feinstein, Law Offices of N. Mitchell Feinstein & Glenn Goldan, President, ReProp Financial FEE: *THIS...

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Update, Reaction, and Analysis Regarding Suitability and SB 978

N. Mitchell Feinstein, Esq.

By N. Mitchell Feinstein, Esq. In a previous post, I had discussed the probable passage of legislation in California to require real estate brokers to determine that trust deed investments offered to the public were appropriate for an investor.  The bill, SB 978, is still wending its way through the labyrinth known as the legislative process. The reaction from members of  the industry with whom I have discussed the prospect of obtaining and reviewing prospective investor information has ranged from unabashed pleasure (“I have been doing this for years, and getting this information has saved me in expensive litigation several times!”) to concern that there is no...

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Perfection of Ownership Interests in Promissory Notes and Deeds of Trust

Guy Puccio

Prior and subsequent to the enactment of Business & Professions Code § 10233.2 in July of 1992, I served as the Chair of the Real Estate Finance Advisory Committee (“REFAC”) established by the DRE as a joint regulator and industry committee to advise the Commissioner and the Executive Staff of the DRE regarding matters affecting the mortgage brokerage and lending industries. The language for Business and Professions Code § 10233.2 was developed by REFAC under my direction. Two industry counsel were assigned to draft the proposed language to be submitted to REFAC. These legal counsel were Bruce Newman, representing the California Independent Mortgage Brokers Association (“CIMBA”) and...

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JOBS Act and You!

JOBS Act and You!

As you may be aware, President Obama signed the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act” (the JOBS Act) on April 5. This bill will make it substantially easier for companies to raise money, although key provisions do not take effect immediately. Will these changes provide opportunities — or challenges — to those selling interests in notes secured by deeds of trust and similar investments? Over the past 25 years, many new forms of securities offerings of interests in notes secured by deeds of trusts or “pool” arrangements for notes secured by deeds of trust have been created, some of which rely on rules that exempt the seller of...

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California Legislature Moves to Impose Due Diligence Standards on Brokers

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By N. Mitchell Feinstein, Esq. An analysis of new legislation that will require brokers to qualify their investors before taking their money. Read on to learn more about what changes to expect and how you can access new tools to protect yourself and your business now. Please be sure to take advantage of the free offer located at the bottom of this message. For at least ten years I have been preaching to the mortgage brokerage industry that every day the members were acting less like real estate brokers and more like securities dealers.  My diatribe goes back to my being a member of the committee—appointed by...

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Analysis and Response to Penal Code Sections 186.11 and 186.12

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Asset Seizure Click this link to view the text of Penal Code Sections 186.11 and 186.12 apparently pursued by the AG and County DAs. AB 1293 was Chaptered on September 30th, 2011. The seizing of assets of white-collar criminals as an enhancement in aggravated fact situations, as defined, may be dangerous for real estate and mortgage brokers, escrow holders, appraisers, developers, and principals of small to moderate sized hedge funds, among others.  Three to four potential felonies are low hanging fruit relatively easy to prove up and establish, e.g., comingling and conversion (even in the context of forming an entity with private parties to acquire interests in...

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National Mortgage Servicing Settlement

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The National Settlement Executive Summary, the Mortgage Servicing Settlement Fact Sheet, and the Servicing Standards Highlights for the recent mortgage servicing settlement among the United States Justice Department, federal agencies identified within the Executive Summary, certain state Attorneys General, and five leading residential mortgage loan servicers including Bank of America; Citigroup, Inc.; J. P. Morgan Chase; Wells Fargo; and, Ally Financial, Inc. (formerly GMAC) collectively describe a significant accomplishment for homeowners receiving benefits from the settlement. Included within the settlement provisions is a prohibition against dual or two tracking by  mortgage loan servicers, e.g., loan servicers are reportedly not to engage in discussions or negotiations with borrowers...

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Action by Governor Brown Threatens Extinction of Mortgage Brokers

In his most recent Budget Proposal, Governor Brown has included plans to consolidate all businesses in the financial industry under one head. He proposes the elimination of the Department of Real Estate and the Office of Real Estate Appraisers and placing jurisdiction of these licensees under the Department of Consumer Affairs. At the same time the Department of Corporations and the Department of Financial Institutions will be merged into one new entity called the Department of Business Oversight. It seems that the Governor wants the consumer groups to limit the operations of the mortgage brokers, and the regulators of the big banks to regulate all the lenders...

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Legislative UPDATE: Summaries of Bills Chaptered By the California Secretary of State

Legislative UPDATE: Summaries of Bills Chaptered By the California Secretary of State

The source for the following summaries is the Legislative Digest for each bill. Click the bill titles to download the full text PDFs. As of today, the following measures have been Chaptered: SB 4 (Calderon and Vargas) Mortgages. Requires the notice of sale, given pursuant to a deed of trust or mortgage secured by real property containing from 1 to 4 single-family residences, contain language notifying potential bidders of specified risks involved in bidding on property at a trustee’s sale, and a notice to the property owner informing the owner about how to obtain information regarding any postponement of the sale. Requires a good faith effort to...

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Independent Contractor Relationships Are Now More Dangerous to Establish or Maintain

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By Guy Puccio Two measures regarding independent contractor relationships were just enacted into law by the California Legislature. These legislative measures signed by Governor Brown are AB 1396 (Committee on Labor and Employment) and SB 459 (Corbett). Effective January 1, 2013, AB 1396 requires whenever an employer enters into a contract of employment for services to be rendered within this state and the contemplated method of payment involves commissions (as defined), the contract is to be in writing and is to include the method by which the commissions are to be computed and paid. This measure amends Section 2751 and repeals 2752 of the Labor Code. The...

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Must Mortgage Brokers Complete and Deliver Mortgage Loan Disclosure Statements in Residential Mortgage Loan Transactions?

Guy Puccio

By Guy Puccio Business and Professions Code Section 10240(c) purportedly extends an exemption to mortgage brokers when arranging “federally regulated residential mortgage loans.” However, this exemption is inapplicable to most loan transactions conducted by mortgage brokers registered with the NMLS as an LO (MLB/MLO) and even when arranging transactions where the loan proceeds are used for personal, family, or household purposes. The phrase “federally regulated” is substantially narrower than “federally related.” Under current law, “federally regulated” loan transactions are loans made by nationally chartered or licensed banks, savings and loans, savings banks, thrifts, and credit unions; or if state chartered or licensed, those financial institutions that have...

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