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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?

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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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Contents of CD that Will Be Distributed At Our Upcoming Workshop

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I. Code Citations a. Business and Professions Code Citations – 10166.01 – 10166.17 (Implementation of the SAFE Act under the Real Estate Law) b. Civil Code Citations – 1090.5 (Requirements for Hiring/Using/Terminating Real Estate Appraisers) c. Financial Code Citations – 4970 et seq. and 4995 et seq. (California Requirements for “High Cost” and “Higher Cost” or “Higher Priced” Residential Mortgage Loans) II. “Dodd-Frank” Act a. HR 2509 (Federal Legislation Sponsored by NAMP/CAMP to Amend Dodd-Frank Regarding LO Compensation) b. Summary, prepared by S. Guy Puccio and Herman Thordsen, Esquire (A Summary of Significant Issues of This Act that Affect Residential Mortgage Loans and Mortgage Brokers) III. Federal...

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Summaries of California Mortgage Industry Bills Currently Enrolled or Signed

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These bills are complex and each covers more than more than one subject—an apparent new trend in Federal and State legislation. We are not addressing herein the list of measures that remain in committee or on the floor, as some of them may die and others may become two-year bills. The source for the following summaries is the Legislative Digest for each bill. Click the bill titles to download the full text PDFs. The following measures have been Enrolled, awaiting the Governor’s action: SB 6 (Calderon and Vargas) Real Estate: appraisal and valuation. Prohibits a licensee from knowingly or intentionally misrepresenting the value of real property. Prohibits...

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Agency Relationships Are Material Facts

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By S. Guy Puccio The agency relationships intended among principals and real estate and mortgage brokers are material facts. Regardless of whether it is a dual agency, a bifurcated agency, or an agency relationship with one party leaving the other unrepresented, it is a material fact to be disclosed at the outset or when the relationship becomes more than casual. See, Business and Professions Code Sections 10176(a) and (d), Civil Code Sections 2079.13 et seq., 2295 et seq., and 2923.1 and Huijers v. DeMarrais (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 676. The obligation to disclose agency relationships in commercial transactions exists notwithstanding the typical interpretation that Civil Code Section 2079.13...

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Next Make More Money Now Workshop plus Q & A: October 22

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Make More Money Now – Extended Workshop Featuring 3 Wise Men Q&A San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area October 22, 2011 In today’s difficult legislative and economic environment, wouldn’t you like to acquire new and creative ways to do business that will increase your bottom line? How about a personalized Q&A session with three of the most experienced and knowledgeable veterans of the mortgage lending industry whose goal is to help you not only understand and comply with new laws but also increase your income as a result of this understanding? Our next Make More Money Now workshop offers two information-packed sessions full of tools and advice to help...

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Short-Sale Law Clarification

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The 3 Wise Men recommend this succinct article by Neil J. Rubenstein of Buchalter Nemer about the new short-sale law and its effect on delinquency judgments and guarantors. (Click the link to download the full article PDF.) Please note: Under the act as written the lender approving the short sale must not receive a fee for approving the short sale.

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ANALYSIS & ADVICE: How the New Federal Law Severly Restricting Payments of Referring Brokers Affects YOU

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New federal law requires the registration of any person acting in the capacity of an MLO broker when arranging a loan for personal, family, or household purposes secured by a one-to-four-unit residential dwelling; and also severely restricts the payments of compensation, including commissions. In a simple explanation, the law allows compensation to be paid to only one MLO in any federally related residential mortgage loan transaction. Example: In the old world, before NMLS and additional recent amendments to applicable federal law, if a real estate broker got a phone call from a fellow broker to refer a loan transaction the brokers could agree to divide the commission;...

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Regulatory Overload Requires Knowledgeable Consultants Now More than Ever

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By Guy Puccio The greatest recession ever experienced has facilitated an overwhelming amount of new statues and regulations. These new rules are promoted by those who believe expanding federal government control is the solution to prevent a future economic crisis. Much of this regulatory overload affects the financial services industry. For example, the “Dodd-Frank Act” is approximately 2000 pages of legislation—including trailer bills—with an additional 6000 pages expected in implementing rules and regulations. If you run a small-to-moderate size business, do you have the tools or the time to absorb and apply this sea change without the assistance of knowledgeable consultants? Consider the following: The Board of...

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