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Senate Bill 0089


Senate Bill 0089

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF SB 89 (Updated February 20, 2008 4:42 pm - DI 101)


Requires the homeowner protection unit (unit) within the attorney general's office to establish a toll free telephone number to receive calls from persons having information about suspected fraudulent transactions and practices concerning residential real estate transactions. Requires the unit to share information reported by callers to the telephone number with appropriate law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Allows the Indiana housing and community development authority (authority) to make or participate in the making of: (1) construction loans; and (2) mortgage loans; for multiple family residential housing under terms approved by the authority. Requires the authority to ensure that a mortgage loan: (1) acquired by the authority; or (2) made by a mortgage lender with funds provided by the authority; may not know knowingly be made to a person whose adjusted family income exceeds 125% of the median income for the geographic area involved. For purposes of allocating federal low income housing credits, provides that a "qualified building" is a building that is used or will be used to provide residential housing for special needs populations. (Current law provides that a "qualified building" is a building that is used or will be used to provide residential housing for persons with disabilities.) Provides that the authority's authority to issue bonds is subject to the approval of the public finance director. (Current law provides that the authority's bonding authority is subject to the approval of the governor.) Repeals provisions concerning job and contract awarding preferences for the authority's program for making or participating in the making of mortgage loans for multiple family residential housing. Repeals provisions concerning the articles of incorporation of sponsors, builders, or developers of multiple family residential housing. Beginning with the school year that begins in 2010, requires school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools to include in their curricula for grades 9 through 12 instruction designed to: (1) increase students' awareness of consumer transactions, including mortgage transactions; and (2) foster personal financial responsibility. Provides that a school corporation or an accredited nonpublic school may provide the instruction by integrating it into its mathematics curriculum. Requires the department of education and the department of financial institutions to develop guidelines to assist teachers assigned to provide the instruction. Increases the amount of the bond that a licensed loan broker must maintain with the commissioner from $50,000 to $100,000. Eliminates the exemption from the loan broker statute for: (1) persons authorized to make loans on behalf of, or insured by, certain federal agencies; and (2) licensed real estate brokers and salespersons who render loan related services in a real estate transaction. Specifies that evidence of compliance with the licensing and registration requirements for loan brokers, originators, and principal managers may include a national criminal history background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Specifies that the securities commissioner (commissioner) shall require each: (1) equitable owner of a loan brokerage business; and (2) applicant for registration as an originator or a principal manager; to submit fingerprints for a national criminal history background check by the FBI. Prohibits the commissioner from releasing the results of a national criminal history background check to a private entity. Allows the commissioner to designate a multistate automated licensing system and repository (system) as the sole entity responsible for processing applications for: (1) licenses for loan brokers; and (2) certificates of registration for originators and principal managers. Allows the commissioner to check the qualifications and background of each: (1) equitable owner of a loan brokerage business; and (2) applicant for registration as an originator or a principal manager; by accessing the system. Specifies that a loan broker is subject to the state statute requiring disclosure of a breach of the security of any records: (1) maintained by the broker; and (2) containing the personal information of a borrower or prospective borrower. Prohibits loan brokers, originators, and principal managers from disposing of unencrypted, unredacted personal information with respect to borrowers or prospective borrowers without first taking certain actions to render the personal information illegible or unusable. Prohibits a person from performing specified acts in connection with a contract for the services of a loan broker. Provides that: (1) first lien mortgage transactions are subject to regulation by; and (2) creditors making first lien mortgage transactions must be licensed by; the department of financial institutions. Requires a creditor, a mortgage servicer, or an agent of a creditor to acknowledge a written offer made in connection with a proposed short sale of property that is subject to a mortgage transaction that is at least 10 days delinquent. Provides that the acknowledgment must be provided not later than 10 business days after the date of the offer. Requires the creditor, servicer, or agent to accept or reject the short sale offer not later than 20 business days after receipt of the offer. Requires the department of insurance to establish an electronic system for the collection and storage of the: (1) names; and (2) license, registration, or certificate numbers; of certain professionals that participate in or assist with residential mortgage transactions. Provides that the system must allow closing agents to: (1) input the required information with respect to each professional involved in the transaction; and (2) submit the form electronically to a data base maintained by the department of insurance. Requires the department of insurance to make the data base accessible to: (1) the state agencies responsible for regulating the specified professionals; and (2) the homeowner protection unit in the attorney general's office. Specifies that a violation of the home loan practices act is a deceptive act subject to action by the attorney general. For a deceptive act involving home loan practices, increases: (1) the damages that may be awarded to an aggrieved consumer; and (2) the amount of the civil penalties that may be imposed on a violator. Provides that any civil penalties collected by the attorney general shall be deposited in the home owner protection unit account in the general fund. Prohibits a creditor from recommending or issuing to a prospective borrower: (1) a stated income or no documentation loan; or (2) a home loan if the creditor does not first conduct a reasonable inquiry concerning the prospective borrower's ability to repay the loan. Provides that if a creditor conducts a reasonable inquiry, the creditor is not liable if the borrower later defaults on a home loan issued by the creditor. Requires a settlement service provider to make closing documents available to a borrower at least 48 hours before the closing, subject to the settlement service provider's ability to obtain the closing documents from the creditor making the home loan, after the settlement service provider's good faith effort to obtain the closing documents from the creditor. Provides that if: (1) the borrower does not receive the closing documents within the time required; or (2) the terms of the home loan set forth in the documents provided differ from the terms presented to the borrower at the time of closing; the borrower is entitled to delay or reschedule the closing without penalty and without forfeiting the right to enter into the loan or the purchase contract. Increases the statutory damages that may be recovered by a person aggrieved by a violation of the home loan practices act (act) from: (1) two times; to (2) four times; the amount of the finance charges under the contract. Enhances the crime involving a knowing or intentional violation of the act from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony. Increases the civil penalty for the violation of: (1) the act; or (2) an injunction issued to enjoin a violation of the act; from $10,000 to $20,000. Requires the real estate appraiser licensure and certification board to require each initial applicant for licensure or certification as a real estate appraiser to submit fingerprints for a national criminal history background check by the FBI. Prohibits the board from releasing the results of a national criminal history background check to a private entity. Requires various state agencies to form the mortgage lending and fraud prevention task force to coordinate the state's efforts to: (1) regulate the various participants involved in originating, issuing, and closing home loans; (2) enforce state laws and rules concerning mortgage lending practices and mortgage fraud; and (3) prevent fraudulent practices in the home loan industry and investigate and prosecute cases involving mortgage fraud. Requires the Indiana housing and community development authority to provide, not later than November 1, 2008, a report to the legislative council that includes the following: (1) An identification of new and existing funding sources that can be used to assist Indiana homeowners in refinancing their existing mortgage transactions, in order to prevent the foreclosure of the homes secured by the mortgages. (2) A plan for the rehabilitation of areas in Indiana that have been adversely or disproportionately affected by mortgage foreclosures. Requires the securities commissioner and the director of the department of financial institutions to cooperate to determine the appropriate state agency or department to regulate a person subject to regulation, licensure, or registration under both the loan broker statute and the UCCC. Makes technical changes. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on mortgage practices and home loan foreclosures.)
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