Terms Used In Florida Statutes 494.00331

  • commission: means the Financial Services Commission. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • contract loan processor: means an individual who is licensed under part II of this chapter as a loan originator, who is an independent contractor for a mortgage broker or mortgage lender, and who engages only in loan processing. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • in-house loan processor: means an individual who is an employee of a mortgage broker or a mortgage lender who engages only in loan processing. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • loan originator: means an individual who, directly or indirectly, solicits or offers to solicit a mortgage loan, accepts or offers to accept an application for a mortgage loan, negotiates or offers to negotiate the terms or conditions of a new or existing mortgage loan on behalf of a borrower or lender, or negotiates or offers to negotiate the sale of an existing mortgage loan to a noninstitutional investor for compensation or gain. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • mortgage broker: means a person conducting loan originator activities through one or more licensed loan originators employed by the mortgage broker or as independent contractors to the mortgage broker. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • mortgage lender: means a person making a mortgage loan or servicing a mortgage loan for others, or, for compensation or gain, directly or indirectly, selling or offering to sell a mortgage loan to a noninstitutional investor. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • office: means the Office of Financial Regulation. See Florida Statutes 494.001
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01

(1) LOAN ORIGINATORS.An individual may not act as a loan originator unless he or she is an employee of, or an independent contractor for, a mortgage broker or a mortgage lender, and may not be employed by or contract with more than one mortgage broker or mortgage lender, or either simultaneously.(2) CONTRACT LOAN PROCESSORS.-Subsection (1) does not apply to a contract loan processor who has a declaration of intent to act solely as a contract loan processor on file with the office. The declaration of intent must be on a form as prescribed by commission rule.(a) A loan originator may withdraw his or her declaration of intent. The withdrawal of declaration of intent must be on such form as prescribed by commission rule.(b) A declaration of intent or a withdrawal of declaration of intent is effective upon receipt by the office.(c) The fee earned by a contract loan processor may be paid to the company that employs the loan processor without violating the restriction in s. 494.0025(7) requiring fees or commissions to be paid to a licensed mortgage broker or mortgage lender or a person exempt from licensure under this chapter.(3) IN-HOUSE LOAN PROCESSORS.-An individual may not act as an in-house loan processor unless he or she is an employee of a mortgage broker or a mortgage lender and may not be employed by more than one mortgage broker or mortgage lender, or either, simultaneously. An in-house loan processor must work at the direction of and be subject to the supervision and instruction of a loan originator licensed under this part.