The Vermont Statutes Online
Chapter 073 : LICENSED LENDERS, MORTGAGE BROKERS, MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS, SALES FINANCE COMPANIES, AND LOAN SOLICITATION COMPANIES(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 2219)
§ 2219. Contract required of mortgage broker
(a) In advance of taking any fee or collecting any charges or at the time the prospective borrower submits a signed application, a written agreement in a form approved by the Commissioner shall be prepared by the mortgage broker and shall be signed by both the mortgage broker and the prospective borrower. The agreement shall set forth the particulars of the service to be performed by the mortgage broker, including specifics as to what shall constitute reasonable efforts on the part of the mortgage broker to perform the agreed upon services, shall state clearly that the mortgage broker shall represent the interests of the prospective borrower rather than those of any lender, and shall state the fee for the services.
(b) A mortgage broker who acts as an independent contractor loan processor or an underwriter who performs loan processing or underwriting activities for a licensed or exempt mortgage broker or lender is not required to provide a mortgage broker agreement to the prospective borrower, provided:
(1) the mortgage broker is acting as an independent contractor loan processor or underwriter as described in subsection 2201(g) of this chapter;
(2) the mortgage broker's activities are limited to loan processor or underwriting activities as described in subdivision 2200(6) of this chapter;
(3) the mortgage broker is paid a fee solely by the licensed or exempt mortgage broker or lender, is not paid by the prospective borrower, and is not paid a commission based upon the dollar amount of the loan; and
(4) if the mortgage broker is acting as an independent contractor loan processor or underwriter on behalf of a mortgage broker, such mortgage broker has already entered into a written mortgage broker agreement with the prospective borrower.
(c) A mortgage broker that engages solely in lead generation and does not employ or sponsor any mortgage loan originators is not required to provide a mortgage broker agreement but must include clearly and conspicuously in all advertisements of loans and solicitation of leads, the following disclosure: THIS IS A LOAN SOLICITATION ONLY. [INSERT LICENSEE NAME] IS NOT THE LENDER. INFORMATION RECEIVED WILL BE SHARED WITH ONE OR MORE THIRD PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR LOAN INQUIRY. THE LENDER MAY NOT BE SUBJECT TO ALL VERMONT LENDING LAWS. THE LENDER MAY BE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL LENDING LAWS. (Added 1995, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 20, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; amended 2009, No. 29, § 1; 2013, No. 29, § 6, eff. May 13, 2013; 2017, No. 22, § 24; 2019, No. 20, § 23.)