State Law Update: Virginia Amends Broker Licensing Rule

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Recently, the Virginia State Corporation Commission adopted regulations proposed by the Bureau of Financial Institutions to clarify that individuals engaged in the business of a loan processor or underwriter, who do not otherwise engage in mortgage broker activities, are not mortgage brokers subject to state licensing requirements. The final rule also (i) broadens the scope of prohibited activities for licensees, (ii) establishes requirements for licensees’ outsourcing of loan processing and underwriting, (iii) requires licensees to update its NMLS loan originator sponsorship information following changes in originator status, (iv) adds a definition for “refinancing” that includes any loan modification, and (v) expands the Bureau’s enforcement authorities. The amended regulations took effect January 28, 2013.