According to OriginationNews, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to standardize training so all loan originators meet the same requirements for fitness, character, and financial responsibility. The new standards would erase some of the differences between bank loan originators and state-licensed LOs created by Congress’ passage of the SAFE Act (Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act) in 2008, now under the jurisdiction of the CFPB. (As MHProNews knows, the SAFE Act prevents those involved in the manufactured housing industry who are not licensed mortgage brokers from discussing financing of MH with a customer.) Banks typically have their own training program for LOs, which are often more stringent than state licensing and testing. Standardizing the training would allow bank mortgage lenders to easily move over to a state-licensed mortgage broker. Agency officials want to finalize the new professional standards by the end of January 2013.
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