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Chapter 073 : LICENSED LENDERS, MORTGAGE BROKERS, MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS, SALES FINANCE COMPANIES, AND LOAN SOLICITATION COMPANIES(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 2216)
§ 2216. Mortgage lending; specific requirements; exceptions
Every licensee engaging in the making of loans secured by a lien against real estate located in this State, whether conducting its affairs as an agent or principal and whether operating from facilities within the State or by mail, telephone, or by electronic means, shall comply with the general provisions of this chapter unless exempted herein. A licensee making such loans through a third person shall only make loans through a person licensed as a mortgage broker and as a mortgage loan originator under this chapter, unless such third person is exempt from such licensing provisions. Any lender who makes such loans through a third person required to be licensed and not so licensed, in addition to being subject to all applicable penalties under Vermont law, shall be responsible for the acts or omissions of the third person as a principal is responsible for the acts and omissions of its agent. Every licensee making loans secured by a lien against real estate shall comply with sections 10403 and 10404, and subchapter 2 of chapter 200 of this title, and shall also be subject to the following specific limitations:
(1) For loans secured by a first lien, the term shall not exceed 480 months, and the licensees may not exceed the interest rate permitted by 9 V.S.A. § 41a(b)(8). All such lien documents shall include a power of sale pursuant to 12 V.S.A § 4531a et seq. The limitations on permitted charges contained in sections 2231 and 2233 of this title and 9 V.S.A. §§ 42, 44, and 46 shall not apply to any loan within the scope of 12 U.S.C. § 1735f-7a. Permitted charges shall be as specified in 9 V.S.A. § 42, 44, and 46 for any loan secured by a first lien on real estate that is not included within the scope of 12 U.S.C. § 1735f-7a, instead of sections 2231 and 2233 of this title.
(2) For loans secured by a subordinate lien, the term shall not exceed 360 months, and the licensees may not exceed the interest rate permitted by 9 V.S.A. chapter 4. All such lien documents shall include a power of sale pursuant to 12 V.S.A. § 4531a et seq. Permitted charges for loans secured by a subordinate lien shall be as specified in 9 V.S.A. §§ 42, 44, and 46, instead of sections 2231 and 2233 of this title.
(3) No licensee shall take a lien upon real estate as security for any loan made under this chapter, except such lien as is created by law upon the recording of a judgment or such lien as secures a loan in principal amount in excess of $3,000.00 at the time of making.
(4) Interest shall be computed by the actuarial method in accordance with 9 V.S.A. 41a(d).
(5) Any loan secured by a lien on real estate, except a commercial loan, which does not contain a fixed rate or substantially equal payments for full amortization within the repayment period shall conform to federal regulations on alternative mortgages where applicable by reason of federal law or action of the Commissioner.
(6) This section shall not apply to commercial loans. (Added 1983, No. 35, § 1; amended 1989, No. 244 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1995, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 17, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; 1997, No. 23, § 12, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; 1997, No. 98 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 16, 1998; 1999, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 15, eff. Jan. 1, 2001; 2009, No. 29, § 1.)