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224.72(3)(a)(a) In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), an applicant for registration as a loan originator shall include in the application the name of the mortgage banker or mortgage broker who will employ the loan originator.
224.72(3)(b) (b) In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), each applicant for registration as a loan originator, other than an applicant employed by an affiliate of a credit union or of an entity described under s. 224.71 (3) (b) 1., shall pass a written examination, approved by the loan originator council, covering primary and subordinate mortgage financing transactions and the provisions of this subchapter. The examination shall be administered by the technical college system board, a professional trade association whose members include loan originators, or any other person approved by the division.
224.72 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. DFI-Bkg 45, Wis. adm. code.
224.72(3)(c) (c) The employer of each applicant for registration as a loan originator, other than an applicant employed by an affiliate of a credit union or of an entity described under s. 224.71 (3) (b) 1., shall obtain a criminal history search relating to the applicant from the records maintained by the department of justice and submit the results of the search to the division.
224.72(4) (4)Additional requirement for mortgage banker applicant.
224.72(4)(a)(a) With a bona fide office. In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), an applicant for registration as a mortgage banker who maintains a bona fide office shall do at least one of the following:
224.72(4)(a)1. 1. `Approval by federal agency.' Submit evidence which shows, to the division's satisfaction, that one or more of the following have approved the applicant as a mortgagee:
224.72(4)(a)1.a. a. The federal department of housing and urban development.
224.72(4)(a)1.b. b. The Federal National Mortgage Association.
224.72(4)(a)1.c. c. The Government National Mortgage Association.
224.72(4)(a)1.d. d. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
224.72(4)(a)2. 2. `File a bond.' File with the division a commercial surety bond which is in the amount of $25,000, is issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, secures the applicant's faithful performance of all duties and obligations of a mortgage banker, is payable to the division for the benefit of persons to whom the mortgage banker provided services as a mortgage banker, is issued on a form that is acceptable to the division and provides that the bond may not be terminated without at least 30 days' written notice to the division.
224.72(4)(a)3. 3. `Other bond or guarantee.' File a personal bond or 3rd-party guarantee in the amount of $25,000 in a form acceptable to the division and secured by one of the following forms of security:
224.72(4)(a)3.a. a. A certificate of deposit.
224.72(4)(a)3.b. b. A debt security acceptable to the division.
224.72(4)(a)3.c. c. An irrevocable bank letter of credit issued by a financial institution that is authorized to do business in this state or that is federally chartered.
224.72(4)(a)4. 4. `Minimum net worth.' Submit evidence that establishes, to the division's satisfaction, a minimum net worth of $25,000 and a warehouse line of credit of not less than $250,000 or a minimum net worth of $100,000. Evidence of net worth shall include the submission of a balance sheet that is accompanied by a written statement by an independent certified public accountant attesting that he or she has reviewed the balance sheet in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.72(4)(d) (d) Without a bona fide office. In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), an applicant for registration as a mortgage banker who does not maintain a bona fide office shall do all of the following:
224.72(4)(d)1. 1. `File a bond.' File with the division a commercial surety bond that is in the amount of $300,000, is issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, secures the applicant's faithful performance of all duties and obligations of a mortgage banker, is payable to the division for the benefit of persons to whom the mortgage banker provided services as a mortgage banker, is issued on a form that is acceptable to the division and provides that the bond may not be terminated without at least 30 days' written notice to the division.
224.72(4)(d)2. 2. `Minimum net worth.' Submit evidence that establishes, to the division's satisfaction, a minimum net worth of $250,000. Evidence of net worth shall include the submission of a balance sheet that is accompanied by a written statement by an independent certified public accountant attesting that he or she has reviewed the balance sheet in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.72(4m) (4m)Additional requirement for mortgage broker applicant.
224.72(4m)(a)(a) With a bona fide office. In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), an applicant for registration as a mortgage broker who maintains a bona fide office shall do at least one of the following:
224.72(4m)(a)1. 1. `File a bond.' File with the division a commercial surety bond that is in the amount of $10,000, is issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, secures the applicant's faithful performance of all duties and obligations of a mortgage broker, is payable to the division for the benefit of persons to whom the mortgage broker provided services as a mortgage broker, is issued on a form that is acceptable to the division and provides that the bond may not be terminated without at least 30 days' written notice to the division.
224.72(4m)(a)2. 2. `Other bond or guarantee.' File a personal bond or 3rd-party guarantee in the amount of $10,000 in a form acceptable to the division and secured by one of the following forms of security:
224.72(4m)(a)2.a. a. A certificate of deposit.
224.72(4m)(a)2.b. b. A debt security acceptable to the division.
224.72(4m)(a)2.c. c. An irrevocable bank letter of credit issued by a financial institution that is authorized to do business in this state or that is federally chartered.
224.72(4m)(a)3. 3. `Minimum net worth.' Submit evidence that establishes, to the division's satisfaction, a minimum net worth of $100,000. Evidence of net worth shall include the submission of a balance sheet that is accompanied by a written statement by an independent certified public accountant attesting that he or she has reviewed the balance sheet in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.72(4m)(b) (b) Without a bona fide office. In addition to the requirements of sub. (2), an applicant for registration as a mortgage broker who does not maintain a bona fide office shall do all of the following:
224.72(4m)(b)1. 1. `File a bond.' File with the division a commercial surety bond that is in the amount of $120,000, is issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, secures the applicant's faithful performance of all duties and obligations of a mortgage broker, is payable to the division for the benefit of persons to whom the mortgage broker provided services as a mortgage broker, is issued on a form that is acceptable to the division and provides that the bond may not be terminated without at least 30 days' written notice to the division.
224.72(4m)(b)2. 2. `Minimum net worth.' Submit evidence that establishes, to the division's satisfaction, a minimum net worth of $250,000. Evidence of net worth shall include the submission of a balance sheet that is accompanied by a written statement by an independent certified public accountant attesting that he or she has reviewed the balance sheet in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.72(4n) (4n)Security held by the division; release. The division or its agent shall hold security filed under subs. (4) (a) 3. and (4m) (a) 2. The security shall remain in effect, and the division may not release it, until all of the following conditions are met:
224.72(4n)(a) (a) A period of 180 days has elapsed since at least one of the following:
224.72(4n)(a)1. 1. The date on which the mortgage banker or mortgage broker gives notice to the division that the mortgage banker or mortgage broker is no longer acting as a mortgage banker or mortgage broker.
224.72(4n)(a)2. 2. The date on which the mortgage banker's or mortgage broker's registration expires or is revoked.
224.72(4n)(b) (b) The division determines that the mortgage banker or mortgage broker is no longer in business.
224.72(4n)(c) (c) The division determines that all claims of persons to whom the mortgage banker or mortgage broker provided services as a mortgage banker or mortgage broker have been satisfied.
224.72(4r) (4r)Insufficient security; division order; suspension of registration. If the division finds that the surety bond, security or insurance policy filed by a mortgage banker or mortgage broker has been canceled without the required notice to the division, the division may summarily suspend the mortgage banker's or mortgage broker's registration.
224.72(5) (5)Completion of registration.
224.72(5)(a)(a) Loan originator. Except as provided in sub. (7m), upon receiving a properly completed application for registration as a loan originator and the fee specified in rules promulgated under sub. (8) and upon an applicant's compliance with sub. (3) (a) and, if required, sub. (3) (b), the division may issue to the applicant a certificate of registration as a loan originator.
224.72(5)(b) (b) Mortgage banker and mortgage broker. Except as provided in sub. (7m), upon receiving a properly completed application for registration as a mortgage banker or a mortgage broker, the fee specified in rules promulgated under sub. (8) and satisfactory evidence of compliance with subs. (4) and (4m), the division may issue to the applicant a certificate of registration as a mortgage banker or mortgage broker.
224.72(7) (7)Renewal of registration.
224.72(7)(a)(a) A loan originator, mortgage broker or mortgage banker shall renew a certificate of registration by submitting to the division a renewal application and the renewal fee specified in rules promulgated under sub. (8) on or before the renewal date specified in rules promulgated under sub. (8).
224.72(7)(b) (b) An applicant for renewal of a certificate of registration as a mortgage banker shall, as part of the application, do the following:
224.72(7)(b)1. 1. For a mortgage banker who maintains a bona fide office, refile a bond that satisfies sub. (4) (a) 2. or 3. or resubmit evidence that satisfies sub. (4) (a) 1. or 4.
224.72(7)(b)2. 2. For a mortgage banker who does not maintain a bona fide office, refile a bond that satisfies sub. (4) (d) 1. and resubmit evidence that satisfies sub. (4) (d) 2.
224.72(7)(c) (c) An applicant for renewal of a certificate of registration as a mortgage broker shall, as part of the application, do the following:
224.72(7)(c)1. 1. For a mortgage broker who maintains a bona fide office, refile a bond that satisfies sub. (4m) (a) 1. or 2. or resubmit evidence that satisfies sub. (4m) (a) 3.
224.72(7)(c)2. 2. For a mortgage broker who does not maintain a bona fide office, refile a bond that satisfies sub. (4m) (b) 1. and resubmit evidence that satisfies sub. (4m) (b) 2.
224.72(7)(d)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., an applicant for renewal of a certificate of registration as a loan originator, other than an applicant employed by an affiliate of a credit union or of an entity described under s. 224.71 (3) (b) 1., shall, as part of the application, submit evidence that is satisfactory to the division that, during the 2 years preceding the date of application, the applicant has successfully completed at least 16 hours, or, if the applicant is a loan solicitor, at least the minimum number of hours established by rule by the division, of education approved by the loan originator council covering primary and subordinate mortgage financing transactions and the provisions of this subchapter.
224.72(7)(d)2. 2. No later than June 30 of each year, the technical college system board, a professional trade association whose members include loan originators, or any other person approved by the division shall administer an examination or series of examinations, approved by the loan originator council, on the educational subjects required under subd. 1. Any applicant who, as part of the application, submits evidence that is satisfactory to the division that the applicant has passed the examination or series of examinations under this subdivision during the 2 years immediately preceding the date of application is not required to comply with subd. 1.
224.72 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. DFI-Bkg 45, Wis. adm. code.
224.72(7)(e) (e) If an applicant for renewal of a certificate of registration as a loan originator has changed employers since his or her criminal history was last searched under this paragraph or sub. (3) (c), the applicant's current employer shall obtain a criminal history search relating to the applicant from the records maintained by the department of justice and submit the results of the search to the division.
224.72(7m) (7m)Denial of application for issuance or renewal of registration. The division may not issue or renew a certificate of registration under this section if any of the following applies:
224.72(7m)(a) (a) The applicant for the issuance or renewal has failed to provide any information required under sub. (2) (c) 1.
224.72(7m)(am) (am) The information provided to the division under sub. (3) (c) or (7) (e) indicates that the applicant has been convicted of a felony and, as a result of the conviction, the applicant represents an unreasonable risk of violating this subchapter, in the opinion of the division.
224.72(7m)(b) (b) The department of revenue has certified under s. 73.0301 that the applicant is liable for delinquent taxes. An applicant whose application for issuance or renewal of a certificate of registration is denied under this paragraph for delinquent taxes is entitled to a notice under s. 73.0301 (2) (b) 1. b. and hearing under s. 73.0301 (5) (a) but is not entitled to any other notice or hearing under this section.
224.72(7m)(c) (c) The applicant for the issuance or renewal is an individual who fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and related to paternity or child support proceedings or who is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857. An applicant whose registration is not issued or renewed under this paragraph for delinquent payments is entitled to a notice and hearing under s. 49.857 but is not entitled to any other notice or hearing under this section.
224.72(7p) (7p)Rules relating to loan solicitors, competency examinations, and continuing education. The division shall promulgate rules that do all of the following:
224.72(7p)(a) (a) Define loan solicitor, which definition shall reflect the limited scope of duties and activities performed by loan solicitors in comparison with loan originators who are not loan solicitors.
224.72(7p)(b) (b) Establish standards for the approval by the loan originator council of examinations in the law of mortgage banking and mortgage brokering under subs. (3) (b) and (7) (d) 2. The rules shall require that a separate examination be available for loan solicitors, the standards for which reflect the limited scope of duties and activities performed by loan solicitors in comparison with loan originators who are not loan solicitors and reflect the reduction in hours of education required of loan solicitors under par. (c) and sub. (7) (d) 1.
224.72(7p)(c) (c) Establish standards for the approval by the loan originator council of the curricula of education under sub. (7) (d) 1. and the minimum number of hours, which shall be less than 16, of education required of loan solicitors under sub. (7) (d) 1. The rules shall establish separate standards for curricula for loan solicitors that reflect the limited scope of duties and activities performed by loan solicitors in comparison with loan originators who are not loan solicitors and reflect the reduction in hours of education required of loan solicitors under this paragraph and sub. (7) (d) 1.
224.72(8) (8)Registration period; fees. The division shall promulgate rules establishing the registration period and the registration fees for loan originators, mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers.
224.72 History History: 1987 a. 359; 1987 a. 403 ss. 182, 256; Stats. 1987 s. 440.72; 1989 a. 45; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 112; 1995 a. 27 ss. 6210, 6527m, 6528m, 6535m, 6591 to 6593; Stats. 1995 s. 224.72; 1995 a. 465; 1997 a. 27, 35, 145, 191, 237, 252; 1999 a. 9, 32; 2003 a. 260; 2007 a. 20.
224.72 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also chs. DFI-Bkg 40 and 41, Wis. adm. code.
224.73 224.73 Relationship between loan originator and either a mortgage banker or a mortgage broker.
224.73(1)(1)Responsibility for loan originator. A mortgage banker or a mortgage broker is responsible for, and shall supervise the acts of, a loan originator who registers under s. 224.72 (3) as an employee of the mortgage banker or mortgage broker. A mortgage banker or mortgage broker is also responsible for, and shall supervise the acts of, a loan originator or any other person who otherwise acts on behalf of the mortgage banker or the mortgage broker.
224.73(2) (2)Restriction on loan originator. If the division suspends or revokes a mortgage banker's or a mortgage broker's certificate of registration, a loan originator may not act on behalf of that mortgage banker or mortgage broker during the period of suspension or revocation.
224.73(3) (3)Transfer by loan originator. A registered loan originator may at any time apply, on forms prescribed and provided by the division, to transfer employment to another registered mortgage banker or mortgage broker. The division shall promulgate rules establishing a fee for a transfer application under this subsection.
224.73(4) (4)Signature by loan originator. Every loan application shall be signed by a registered loan originator.
224.73 History History: 1987 a. 359; 1987 a. 403 ss. 182, 256; Stats. 1987 s. 440.73; 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 27 s. 6594; Stats. 1995 s. 224.73; 1997 a. 145; 2003 a. 260.
224.73 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. DFI-Bkg 40, Wis. adm. code.
224.74 224.74 Division's review of the operations of a loan originator, mortgage broker or mortgage banker.
224.74(1)(1)Annual reports; audits.
224.74(1)(a)(a) Annual report. Except as provided in par. (b), each year, on a date specified by the division and in a form required by the division, a mortgage banker or mortgage broker shall submit to the division an annual report relating to the mortgage banker's or mortgage broker's operations during its most recently completed fiscal year.
224.74(1)(b) (b) Audit requirement. Each year, no later than 6 months following the end of its most recently completed fiscal year, a mortgage banker or mortgage broker that qualified for registration under s. 224.72 (4) (a) 4. or (d) or (4m) (a) 3. or (b), shall submit a copy of an audit of the mortgage banker's or mortgage broker's operations during that fiscal year. An audit under this paragraph shall be conducted by an independent certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The financial statements in the audit report shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.74(1)(c) (c) Audits requested by the division. The division may request that a mortgage banker or mortgage broker obtain an audit of the mortgage banker's or mortgage broker's operations if the division has reason to believe that the mortgage banker or mortgage broker may not have sufficient financial resources to meet its obligations to its clients or investors or to other persons directly affected by the activities conducted by the mortgage banker or mortgage broker under the certificate of registration granted by the division. If the division requests an audit under this paragraph, the mortgage banker or mortgage broker shall have the audit completed no later than 90 days after the date of the division's request. The mortgage banker or mortgage broker shall submit the audit report to the division no later than 5 days after the date on which the audit is completed. An audit under this paragraph shall be conducted by an independent certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The financial statements in the audit report shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
224.74(2) (2)Examination.
224.74(2)(a)(a) Conduct of examination and preparation of report. The division may at any time, on its own motion or upon complaint, examine the books of account, records, condition and affairs of a mortgage banker, loan originator or mortgage broker registered under this subchapter. The division shall prepare a report of each examination conducted under this section. As part of the examination or preparation of the report, the division may examine under oath any of the members, officers, directors, agents, employees or customers of the mortgage banker, loan originator or mortgage broker. The division may require a mortgage banker, loan originator or mortgage broker who is examined under this paragraph to pay to the division a reasonable fee for the costs of conducting the examination.
224.74(2)(b) (b) Confidentiality. Examination reports and correspondence regarding the reports are confidential, except that the division may release examination reports and correspondence in connection with a disciplinary proceeding conducted by the division, a liquidation proceeding or a criminal investigation or proceeding.
224.74 History History: 1987 a. 359; 1987 a. 403 ss. 182, 256; Stats. 1987 s. 440.74; 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 27 s. 6595; Stats. 1995 s. 224.74; 1997 a. 145.
224.74 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also chs. DFI-Bkg 42 and 43, Wis. adm. code.
224.75 224.75 Record-keeping requirements for mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers.
224.75(1) (1)Required records; loan application or servicing documents.
224.75(1)(a)(a) Fee record system. A mortgage banker or mortgage broker shall establish and maintain a record system which shows all fees which a mortgage banker or mortgage broker charged a mortgage loan applicant or a mortgagor. The record shall show the application or disposition of those fees.
224.75(1)(b) (b) Loan application record system. A mortgage banker or mortgage broker shall establish and maintain a record system containing all of the following information for each mortgage loan application:
224.75(1)(b)1. 1. The application date.
224.75(1)(b)2. 2. The name of the applicant.
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