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205 ILCS 635/1-4

    (205 ILCS 635/1-4)
    Sec. 1-4. Definitions. The following words and phrases have the meanings given to them in this Section:
        (a) "Residential real property" or "residential real
    
estate" shall mean any real property located in Illinois, upon which is constructed or intended to be constructed a dwelling. Those terms include a manufactured home as defined in subdivision (53) of Section 9-102 of the Uniform Commercial Code which is real property as defined in Section 5-35 of the Conveyance and Encumbrance of Manufactured Homes as Real Property and Severance Act.
        (b) "Making a residential mortgage loan" or "funding
    
a residential mortgage loan" shall mean for compensation or gain, either directly or indirectly, advancing funds or making a commitment to advance funds to a loan applicant for a residential mortgage loan.
        (c) "Soliciting, processing, placing, or negotiating
    
a residential mortgage loan" shall mean for compensation or gain, either directly or indirectly, accepting or offering to accept an application for a residential mortgage loan, assisting or offering to assist in the processing of an application for a residential mortgage loan on behalf of a borrower, or negotiating or offering to negotiate the terms or conditions of a residential mortgage loan with a lender on behalf of a borrower including, but not limited to, the submission of credit packages for the approval of lenders, the preparation of residential mortgage loan closing documents, including a closing in the name of a broker.
        (d) "Exempt person or entity" shall mean the
    
following:
            (1) (i) Any banking organization or foreign
        
banking corporation licensed by the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate or the United States Comptroller of the Currency to transact business in this State; (ii) any national bank, federally chartered savings and loan association, federal savings bank, federal credit union; (iii) (blank); (iv) any bank, savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union organized under the laws of this or any other state; (v) any Illinois Consumer Installment Loan Act licensee; (vi) any insurance company authorized to transact business in this State; (vii) any entity engaged solely in commercial mortgage lending; (viii) any service corporation of a savings and loan association or savings bank organized under the laws of this State or the service corporation of a federally chartered savings and loan association or savings bank having its principal place of business in this State, other than a service corporation licensed or entitled to reciprocity under the Real Estate License Act of 2000; or (ix) any first tier subsidiary of a bank, the charter of which is issued under the Illinois Banking Act by the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate, or the first tier subsidiary of a bank chartered by the United States Comptroller of the Currency and that has its principal place of business in this State, provided that the first tier subsidiary is regularly examined by the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate or the Comptroller of the Currency, or a consumer compliance examination is regularly conducted by the Federal Reserve Board.
            (1.5) Any employee of a person or entity
        
mentioned in item (1) of this subsection, when acting for such person or entity, or any registered mortgage loan originator when acting for an entity described in subsection (tt) of this Section.
            (1.8) Any person or entity that does not
        
originate mortgage loans in the ordinary course of business, but makes or acquires residential mortgage loans with his or her own funds for his or her or its own investment without intent to make, acquire, or resell more than 3 residential mortgage loans in any one calendar year.
            (2) (Blank).
            (2.1) A bona fide nonprofit organization.
            (2.2) An employee of a bona fide nonprofit
        
organization when acting on behalf of that organization.
            (3) Any person employed by a licensee to assist
        
in the performance of the residential mortgage licensee's activities regulated by this Act who is compensated in any manner by only one licensee.
            (4) (Blank).
            (5) Any individual, corporation, partnership, or
        
other entity that originates, services, or brokers residential mortgage loans, as these activities are defined in this Act, and who or which receives no compensation for those activities, subject to the Commissioner's regulations and the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 and the rules promulgated under that Act with regard to the nature and amount of compensation.
            (6) (Blank).
            (7) Any entity engaged solely in providing loan
        
processing services through the sponsoring of individuals acting pursuant to subsection (d) of Section 7-1A of this Act.
        (e) "Licensee" or "residential mortgage licensee"
    
shall mean a person, partnership, association, corporation, or any other entity who or which is licensed pursuant to this Act to engage in the activities regulated by this Act.
        (f) "Mortgage loan" "residential mortgage loan" or
    
"home mortgage loan" shall mean any loan primarily for personal, family, or household use that is secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other equivalent consensual security interest on a dwelling as defined in Section 103(v) of the federal Truth in Lending Act, or residential real estate upon which is constructed or intended to be constructed a dwelling.
        (g) "Lender" shall mean any person, partnership,
    
association, corporation, or any other entity who either lends or invests money in residential mortgage loans.
        (h) "Ultimate equitable owner" shall mean a person
    
who, directly or indirectly, owns or controls an ownership interest in a corporation, foreign corporation, alien business organization, trust, or any other form of business organization regardless of whether the person owns or controls the ownership interest through one or more persons or one or more proxies, powers of attorney, nominees, corporations, associations, partnerships, trusts, joint stock companies, or other entities or devices, or any combination thereof.
        (i) "Residential mortgage financing transaction"
    
shall mean the negotiation, acquisition, sale, or arrangement for or the offer to negotiate, acquire, sell, or arrange for, a residential mortgage loan or residential mortgage loan commitment.
        (j) "Personal residence address" shall mean a street
    
address and shall not include a post office box number.
        (k) "Residential mortgage loan commitment" shall mean
    
a contract for residential mortgage loan financing.
        (l) "Party to a residential mortgage financing
    
transaction" shall mean a borrower, lender, or loan broker in a residential mortgage financing transaction.
        (m) "Payments" shall mean payment of all or any of
    
the following: principal, interest and escrow reserves for taxes, insurance and other related reserves, and reimbursement for lender advances.
        (n) "Commissioner" shall mean the Commissioner of
    
Banks and Real Estate, except that, beginning on April 6, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 95-1047), all references in this Act to the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate are deemed, in appropriate contexts, to be references to the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation, or his or her designee, including the Director of the Division of Banking of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
        (n-1) "Director" shall mean the Director of the
    
Division of Banking of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, except that, beginning on July 31, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-112), all references in this Act to the Director are deemed, in appropriate contexts, to be the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation, or his or her designee, including the Director of the Division of Banking of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
        (o) "Loan brokering", "brokering", or "brokerage
    
service" shall mean the act of helping to obtain from another entity, for a borrower, a loan secured by residential real estate situated in Illinois or assisting a borrower in obtaining a loan secured by residential real estate situated in Illinois in return for consideration to be paid by either the borrower or the lender including, but not limited to, contracting for the delivery of residential mortgage loans to a third party lender and soliciting, processing, placing, or negotiating residential mortgage loans.
        (p) "Loan broker" or "broker" shall mean a person,
    
partnership, association, corporation, or limited liability company, other than those persons, partnerships, associations, corporations, or limited liability companies exempted from licensing pursuant to Section 1-4, subsection (d), of this Act, who performs the activities described in subsections (c), (o), and (yy) of this Section.
        (q) "Servicing" shall mean the collection or
    
remittance for or the right or obligation to collect or remit for any lender, noteowner, noteholder, or for a licensee's own account, of payments, interests, principal, and trust items such as hazard insurance and taxes on a residential mortgage loan in accordance with the terms of the residential mortgage loan; and includes loan payment follow-up, delinquency loan follow-up, loan analysis and any notifications to the borrower that are necessary to enable the borrower to keep the loan current and in good standing. "Servicing" includes management of third-party entities acting on behalf of a residential mortgage licensee for the collection of delinquent payments and the use by such third-party entities of said licensee's servicing records or information, including their use in foreclosure.
        (r) "Full service office" shall mean an office,
    
provided by the licensee and not subleased from the licensee's employees, and staff in Illinois reasonably adequate to handle efficiently communications, questions, and other matters relating to any application for, or an existing home mortgage secured by residential real estate situated in Illinois with respect to which the licensee is brokering, funding originating, purchasing, or servicing. The management and operation of each full service office must include observance of good business practices such as proper signage; adequate, organized, and accurate books and records; ample phone lines, hours of business, staff training and supervision, and provision for a mechanism to resolve consumer inquiries, complaints, and problems. The Commissioner shall issue regulations with regard to these requirements and shall include an evaluation of compliance with this Section in his or her periodic examination of each licensee.
        (s) "Purchasing" shall mean the purchase of
    
conventional or government-insured mortgage loans secured by residential real estate situated in Illinois from either the lender or from the secondary market.
        (t) "Borrower" shall mean the person or persons who
    
seek the services of a loan broker, originator, or lender.
        (u) "Originating" shall mean the issuing of
    
commitments for and funding of residential mortgage loans.
        (v) "Loan brokerage agreement" shall mean a written
    
agreement in which a broker or loan broker agrees to do either of the following:
            (1) obtain a residential mortgage loan for the
        
borrower or assist the borrower in obtaining a residential mortgage loan; or
            (2) consider making a residential mortgage loan
        
to the borrower.
        (w) "Advertisement" shall mean the attempt by
    
publication, dissemination, or circulation to induce, directly or indirectly, any person to enter into a residential mortgage loan agreement or residential mortgage loan brokerage agreement relative to a mortgage secured by residential real estate situated in Illinois.
        (x) (Blank).
        (y) "Government-insured mortgage loan" shall mean any
    
mortgage loan made on the security of residential real estate insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development or Farmers Home Loan Administration, or guaranteed by the Veterans Administration.
        (z) "Annual audit" shall mean a certified audit of
    
the licensee's books and records and systems of internal control performed by a certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and generally accepted auditing standards.
        (aa) "Financial institution" shall mean a savings and
    
loan association, savings bank, credit union, or a bank organized under the laws of Illinois or a savings and loan association, savings bank, credit union or a bank organized under the laws of the United States and headquartered in Illinois.
        (bb) "Escrow agent" shall mean a third party,
    
individual or entity charged with the fiduciary obligation for holding escrow funds on a residential mortgage loan pending final payout of those funds in accordance with the terms of the residential mortgage loan.
        (cc) "Net worth" shall have the meaning ascribed
    
thereto in Section 3-5 of this Act.
        (dd) "Affiliate" shall mean:
            (1) any entity that directly controls or is
        
controlled by the licensee and any other company that is directly affecting activities regulated by this Act that is controlled by the company that controls the licensee;
            (2) any entity:
                (A) that is controlled, directly or
            
indirectly, by a trust or otherwise, by or for the benefit of shareholders who beneficially or otherwise control, directly or indirectly, by trust or otherwise, the licensee or any company that controls the licensee; or
                (B) a majority of the directors or trustees
            
of which constitute a majority of the persons holding any such office with the licensee or any company that controls the licensee;
            (3) any company, including a real estate
        
investment trust, that is sponsored and advised on a contractual basis by the licensee or any subsidiary or affiliate of the licensee.
        (ee) "First tier subsidiary" shall be defined by
    
regulation incorporating the comparable definitions used by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate.
        (ff) "Gross delinquency rate" means the quotient
    
determined by dividing (1) the sum of (i) the number of government-insured residential mortgage loans funded or purchased by a licensee in the preceding calendar year that are delinquent and (ii) the number of conventional residential mortgage loans funded or purchased by the licensee in the preceding calendar year that are delinquent by (2) the sum of (i) the number of government-insured residential mortgage loans funded or purchased by the licensee in the preceding calendar year and (ii) the number of conventional residential mortgage loans funded or purchased by the licensee in the preceding calendar year.
        (gg) "Delinquency rate factor" means the factor set
    
by rule of the Commissioner that is multiplied by the average gross delinquency rate of licensees, determined annually for the immediately preceding calendar year, for the purpose of determining which licensees shall be examined by the Commissioner pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 4-8 of this Act.
        (hh) (Blank).
        (ii) "Confidential supervisory information" means any
    
report of examination, visitation, or investigation prepared by the Commissioner under this Act, any report of examination visitation, or investigation prepared by the state regulatory authority of another state that examines a licensee, any document or record prepared or obtained in connection with or relating to any examination, visitation, or investigation, and any record prepared or obtained by the Commissioner to the extent that the record summarizes or contains information derived from any report, document, or record described in this subsection. "Confidential supervisory information" does not include any information or record routinely prepared by a licensee and maintained in the ordinary course of business or any information or record that is required to be made publicly available pursuant to State or federal law or rule.
        (jj) "Mortgage loan originator" means an individual
    
who for compensation or gain or in the expectation of compensation or gain:
            (i) takes a residential mortgage loan
        
application; or
            (ii) offers or negotiates terms of a residential
        
mortgage loan.
        "Mortgage loan originator" includes an individual
    
engaged in loan modification activities as defined in subsection (yy) of this Section. A mortgage loan originator engaged in loan modification activities shall report those activities to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in the manner provided by the Department; however, the Department shall not impose a fee for reporting, nor require any additional qualifications to engage in those activities beyond those provided pursuant to this Act for mortgage loan originators.
        "Mortgage loan originator" does not include an
    
individual engaged solely as a loan processor or underwriter except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of Section 7-1A of this Act.
        "Mortgage loan originator" does not include a person
    
or entity that only performs real estate brokerage activities and is licensed in accordance with the Real Estate License Act of 2000, unless the person or entity is compensated by a lender, a mortgage broker, or other mortgage loan originator, or by any agent of that lender, mortgage broker, or other mortgage loan originator.
        "Mortgage loan originator" does not include a person
    
or entity solely involved in extensions of credit relating to timeshare plans, as that term is defined in Section 101(53D) of Title 11, United States Code.
        (kk) "Depository institution" has the same meaning as
    
in Section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and includes any credit union.
        (ll) "Dwelling" means a residential structure or
    
mobile home which contains one to 4 family housing units, or individual units of condominiums or cooperatives.
        (mm) "Immediate family member" means a spouse, child,
    
sibling, parent, grandparent, or grandchild, and includes step-parents, step-children, step-siblings, or adoptive relationships.
        (nn) "Individual" means a natural person.
        (oo) "Loan processor or underwriter" means an
    
individual who performs clerical or support duties as an employee at the direction of and subject to the supervision and instruction of a person licensed, or exempt from licensing, under this Act. "Clerical or support duties" includes subsequent to the receipt of an application:
            (i) the receipt, collection, distribution, and
        
analysis of information common for the processing or underwriting of a residential mortgage loan; and
            (ii) communicating with a consumer to obtain the
        
information necessary for the processing or underwriting of a loan, to the extent that the communication does not include offering or negotiating loan rates or terms, or counseling consumers about residential mortgage loan rates or terms. An individual engaging solely in loan processor or underwriter activities shall not represent to the public, through advertising or other means of communicating or providing information, including the use of business cards, stationery, brochures, signs, rate lists, or other promotional items, that the individual can or will perform any of the activities of a mortgage loan originator.
        (pp) "Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and
    
Registry" means a mortgage licensing system developed and maintained by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators for the licensing and registration of licensed mortgage loan originators.
        (qq) "Nontraditional mortgage product" means any
    
mortgage product other than a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.
        (rr) "Person" means a natural person, corporation,
    
company, limited liability company, partnership, or association.
        (ss) "Real estate brokerage activity" means any
    
activity that involves offering or providing real estate brokerage services to the public, including:
            (1) acting as a real estate agent or real estate
        
broker for a buyer, seller, lessor, or lessee of real property;
            (2) bringing together parties interested in the
        
sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange of real property;
            (3) negotiating, on behalf of any party, any
        
portion of a contract relating to the sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange of real property, other than in connection with providing financing with respect to any such transaction;
            (4) engaging in any activity for which a person
        
engaged in the activity is required to be registered or licensed as a real estate agent or real estate broker under any applicable law; or
            (5) offering to engage in any activity, or act in
        
any capacity, described in this subsection (ss).
        (tt) "Registered mortgage loan originator" means any
    
individual that:
            (1) meets the definition of mortgage loan
        
originator and is an employee of:
                (A) a depository institution;
                (B) a subsidiary that is:
                    (i) owned and controlled by a depository
                
institution; and
                    (ii) regulated by a federal banking
                
agency; or
                (C) an institution regulated by the Farm
            
Credit Administration; and
            (2) is registered with, and maintains a unique
        
identifier through, the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry.
        (uu) "Unique identifier" means a number or other
    
identifier assigned by protocols established by the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry.
        (vv) "Residential mortgage license" means a license
    
issued pursuant to Section 1-3, 2-2, or 2-6 of this Act.
        (ww) "Mortgage loan originator license" means a
    
license issued pursuant to Section 7-1A, 7-3, or 7-6 of this Act.
        (xx) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the
    
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or a person authorized by the Secretary or by this Act to act in the Secretary's stead.
        (yy) "Loan modification" means, for compensation or
    
gain, either directly or indirectly offering or negotiating on behalf of a borrower or homeowner to adjust the terms of a residential mortgage loan in a manner not provided for in the original or previously modified mortgage loan.
        (zz) "Short sale facilitation" means, for
    
compensation or gain, either directly or indirectly offering or negotiating on behalf of a borrower or homeowner to facilitate the sale of residential real estate subject to one or more residential mortgage loans or debts constituting liens on the property in which the proceeds from selling the residential real estate will fall short of the amount owed and the lien holders are contacted to agree to release their lien on the residential real estate and accept less than the full amount owed on the debt.
        (aaa) "Bona fide nonprofit organization" means an
    
organization that is described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, does not operate in a commercial context, and does all of the following:
            (1) Promotes affordable housing or provides
        
home ownership education or similar services.
            (2) Conducts its activities in a manner that
        
serves public or charitable purposes.
            (3) Receives funding and revenue and charges
        
fees in a manner that does not create an incentive for itself or its employees to act other than in the best interests of its clients.
            (4) Compensates its employees in a manner that
        
does not create an incentive for its employees to act other than in the best interests of its clients.
            (5) Provides to, or identifies for, the
        
borrower residential mortgage loans with terms favorable to the borrower and comparable to residential mortgage loans and housing assistance provided under government housing assistance programs.
    The Commissioner may define by rule and regulation any terms used in this Act for the efficient and clear administration of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-783, eff. 8-10-18; 100-851, eff. 8-14-18; 100-1153, eff. 12-19-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)