January 22, 2009, Introduced by Rep. Gregory and referred to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.


     A bill to amend 1981 PA 125, entitled


"The secondary mortgage loan act,"


by amending section 24 (MCL 493.74), as amended by 2002 PA 392, and


by adding section 24a.




     Sec. 24. (1) A licensee or registrant shall not transfer or


assign a secondary mortgage loan or a security directly


representing an interest in 1 or more secondary mortgage loans


before the disbursement of 75% or more of the proceeds of the


secondary mortgage loan to, or for the benefit of, the borrower.


This subsection shall not apply to any of the following:


     (a) A land contract not considered to be an equitable


secondary mortgage.


     (b) A loan made under a state or federal government program


that allows the lender to escrow more than 25% of the proceeds for


a limited period of time.


     (c) A construction loan.


     (d) A secondary mortgage loan that provides in writing that


the loan proceeds shall be disbursed to or for the benefit of the


borrower in installments or upon the request of the borrower or


upon the completion of renovations or repairs to the dwelling


situated on the real property subject to the secondary mortgage




     (2) It is a violation of this act for a A licensee or


registrant to shall not do any of the following:


     (a) Suppress or withhold from the commissioner any information


that the licensee or registrant possesses that would make the


licensee or registrant ineligible for licensing or registration


under this act or would warrant the commissioner's denial of a


license or registration application.


     (b) Violate any provisions of 1966 PA 125, MCL 565.161 to


565.164, regulating the handling of mortgage escrow accounts by




     (c) Until proper disbursement is made, fail to place in a


trust or escrow account held by a depository financial institution


in a manner approved by the commissioner any money, funds,


deposits, checks, drafts, or other negotiable instruments received


by a broker, lender, or servicer that is the portion of a payment


on a secondary mortgage loan that the person is obligated to pay to


a third party. The deposits shall include amounts paid to the


holder of the secondary mortgage loan, amounts for property taxes


and insurance premiums, and amounts paid under an agreement that


requires, if the secondary mortgage loan is not closed, the amounts


paid shall be refunded to the prospective borrower, or if the


secondary mortgage loan is closed, the amounts paid shall be


applied to fees and costs incurred at the time the secondary


mortgage loan is closed. Fees and costs include, but are not


limited to, title insurance premiums and recording fees. Fees and


costs do not include amounts paid to cover costs incurred to


process the secondary mortgage loan application, to obtain an


appraisal, or to receive a credit report.


     (d) Refuse to permit an examination or investigation by the


commissioner of the books and affairs of the licensee or


registrant, or refuse or fail, within a reasonable time, to furnish


any information or make a report that may be required by the


commissioner under this act.


     (e) Be convicted of a felony, or any misdemeanor of which an


essential element is fraud.


     (f) Refuse or fail to pay within a reasonable time expenses


assessed under this act.


     (g) Fail to make restitution after having been ordered to do


so by the commissioner or an administrative agency, or fail to make


restitution or pay damages to persons injured by the licensee's or


registrant's business transactions after having been ordered to do


so by a court.


     (h) Fail to make a secondary mortgage loan pursuant to, and in


accordance with, a written commitment to make a secondary mortgage


loan issued to, and accepted by, a person when the person has


timely and completely satisfied all the conditions of the


commitment prior to the expiration of the commitment.


     (i) Require a prospective borrower to deal exclusively with


the licensee or registrant in regard to a secondary mortgage loan




     (j) Take a security interest in real property before closing


the secondary mortgage loan to secure payment of fees assessed in


connection with a secondary mortgage loan application.


     (k) Except as otherwise provided under section 14e, knowingly


permit a person to violate an order that has been issued under this


act or any other financial licensing act that prohibits that person


from being employed by, an agent of, or a control person of the


licensee or registrant.


     (3) A licensee or registrant shall not fail or neglect to do


any of the following in connection with the brokering, servicing,


or making of any secondary mortgage loan:


     (a) Act in good faith and with fair dealing in any


transaction, practice, or course of business.


     (b) Safeguard and account for any money handled for the




     (c) Follow reasonable and lawful instructions from the




     (d) Use reasonable skill, care, and diligence.


     (e) Timely and clearly disclose to the borrower material


information that might reasonably affect the borrower's rights,


interests, or ability to receive the borrower's intended benefit


from the secondary mortgage loan, including, but not limited to,


the total compensation the broker would receive from any of the


loan options the licensee or registrant presents to the borrower.


     (f) Make reasonable efforts to secure a secondary mortgage


loan that is reasonably advantageous to the borrower considering


all the circumstances, including, but not limited to, the rates,


charges, and repayment terms of the loan.


     (4) The duties and standards of care created in subsection (3)


cannot be waived or modified.  


     Sec. 24a. (1) The home loan protection act applies to a


licensee or registrant. A licensee or registrant shall comply with


the requirements of that act in connection with any home loans.


     (2) In addition to any penalties and remedies provided by this


act, a licensee or registrant is also subject to the remedy and


penalty provisions of the home loan protection act for a violation


of subsection (1).


     (3) As used in this section:


     (a) "Home loan" means that term as defined in section 2 of the


home loan protection act, MCL 445.1632.


     (b) "Home loan protection act" means the home loan protection


act, 2002 PA 660, MCL 445.1631 to 445.1642.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect


unless Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No. 4065(request no.


00953'09) of the 95th Legislature is enacted into law.