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PDFWAC 208-620-700

Mortgage loan originatorGeneral.

(1) May I work from any location when I am a licensed loan originator? No. You can only work from a licensed location. The licensed location can be the main office, or any licensed branch.
(2) May I transfer loan files to another licensed entity? No. Loan files are the property and responsibility of the company named on the loan application. Only the borrower may submit a written request to the company to transmit the borrower's selected information to another entity. The company must transmit the information within five business days after receiving the borrower's written request.
(3) May I act as a loan originator and a real estate agent in the same transaction or for the same borrower in different transactions? Yes, you may be both the loan originator and real estate broker or salesperson in the same transaction, or for the same borrower in different transactions. When either of these occur, you must provide to the borrower the following written disclosure:
"THIS IS TO GIVE YOU NOTICE THAT I OR ONE OF MY ASSOCIATES HAVE/HAS ACTED AS A REAL ESTATE BROKER OR SALESPERSON REPRESENTING THE BUYER/SELLER IN THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY TO YOU. I AM ALSO A LOAN ORIGINATOR AND WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE MORTGAGE SERVICES TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR LOAN TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY.
YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO USE ME AS A LOAN ORIGINATOR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS TRANSACTION. YOU ARE FREE TO COMPARISON SHOP AND TO SELECT ANY MORTGAGE BROKER OR LENDER OF YOUR CHOOSING."
(4) As a loan originator, may I be paid directly by the borrower for my services? No. You may not be paid any compensation or fees directly by the borrower.
(5) May I charge the borrower a fee, commission, or other compensation for preparing, negotiating, or brokering a loan for the borrower? No. You may not charge the borrower a fee, commission, or compensation of any kind in connection with the preparation, negotiation, or brokering of a residential mortgage loan.
(6) May I bring a lawsuit against a borrower for the collection of compensation? No. Only the company may bring collection actions against borrowers to collect compensation.
(7) May I work as a licensed loan originator for a consumer loan company located out of the state? Yes. You may originate loans for any company you are sponsored by as long as the out-of-state company licenses a branch in Washington for you to work from. See subsection (1) of this section.
(8) May I hire employees or independent contractors to assist me? No. Only the consumer loan company can hire employees or independent contractors to work for the company. This prohibition against loan originators hiring employees or independent contractors includes clerical or administrative personnel and loan processors and underwriters whose work is related to the consumer loan company's activities.
(9) Do loan processors and underwriters have to be licensed as loan originators? W-2 employee loan processors and underwriters are not required to have a loan originator license provided they work under the supervision and instruction of an individual licensed or exempt from licensing and do not hold themselves out as able to conduct the activities of a loan originator.
(10) May loan processors and underwriters work on files from an unlicensed location? A loan processor or underwriter may work on loan files from an unlicensed location under the following circumstances:
(a) The loan files are in electronic format and the loan processor or underwriter accesses the files directly from the licensee's main computer system. The loan processor or underwriter may not maintain any electronic files on any computer system other than the system belonging to the licensee;
(b) The loan processor or underwriter does not conduct any of the activities of a licensed loan originator;
(c) The licensee must have safeguards in place for the computer system that safeguards borrower information; and
(d) The loan processor or underwriter is not a licensed mortgage loan originator who supervises other loan processors or underwriters.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.320.040 and 31.04.165. WSR 19-21-157, § 208-620-700, filed 10/22/19, effective 11/24/19; WSR 13-24-024, § 208-620-700, filed 11/22/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.320.040, 31.04.165 and 2010 c 35. WSR 10-20-122, § 208-620-700, filed 10/5/10, effective 11/5/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.320.040, 31.04.165, 2009 c 120, and 2009 c 149. WSR 09-24-090, § 208-620-700, filed 12/1/09, effective 1/1/10.]
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