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2018 SESSION

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HB 570 Real estate settlement agents; presumption of competency, etc.

Introduced by: Wendy W. Gooditis | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Real estate settlement agents. Establishes a presumption that any person who is authorized to act as a settlement agent is competent to handle settlements of federally backed mortgages secured by real estate in the Commonwealth. Lenders are prohibited from imposing any additional requirement as a condition of closing such mortgages. The measure also (i) provides that if a lender maintains a list of approved settlement agents, the list shall include any person qualified to act as a settlement agent and (ii) prohibits a lender from removing a person from such a list unless it has given the person notice of the reasons for the proposed removal and an opportunity to request a hearing. If a hearing is requested, it shall be conducted by the State Corporation Commission (SCC), and the lender shall not remove the person from its list unless the SCC finds that the removal is permitted.


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