2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 7-1-1003.2 (2010)
TITLE 7 - BANKING AND FINANCE
CHAPTER 1 - FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
ARTICLE 13 - LICENSING OF MORTGAGE LENDERS AND MORTGAGE BROKERS
§ 7-1-1003.2 - Financial requirements for licensing and registration; bond requirements
7-1-1003.2. Financial requirements for licensing and registration; bond requirements
(a) Each licensed or registered mortgage broker shall provide the department with a bond. The bond for a mortgage broker shall be in the principal sum of $50,000.00 or such greater sum as the department may require as set forth by regulation based on an amount that reflects the dollar amount of loans originated, and the bond shall meet the other requirements of subsection (d) of this Code section.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this Code section, the department shall not license or register any mortgage lender unless the applicant or registrant provides the department with a bond. The bond for a mortgage lender shall be in the principal sum of $150,000.00 or such greater sum as the department may require as set forth by regulation based on an amount that reflects the dollar amount of loans originated, and which bond shall meet the other requirements of subsection (d) of this Code section.
(c) Each mortgage loan originator shall be covered by a surety bond in accordance with this Code section. In the event that the mortgage loan originator is an employee of a licensed or registered mortgage broker or lender or under an exclusive written independent contractor agreement as described in paragraph (17) of Code Section 7-1-1001, the surety bond of such licensed or registered mortgage broker or lender may be used in lieu of the mortgage loan originator's surety bond requirement. If the surety bond of the licensed or registered mortgage broker or lender is used in lieu of an individual mortgage loan originator's surety bond then that surety bond shall provide coverage for each covered mortgage loan originator in such amount as the department may require that reflects the dollar amount of loans originated as determined by the department.
(d) General bond requirements:
(1) The bond requirements for mortgage loan originators, mortgage brokers, and mortgage lenders are continuous in nature and shall be maintained at all times as a condition of licensure;
(2) The corporate surety bond shall be for a term and in a form satisfactory to the department, shall be issued by a bonding company or insurance company authorized to do business in this state and approved by the department, and shall run to the State of Georgia for the benefit of any person damaged by noncompliance of a licensee with this article, the "Georgia Residential Mortgage Act," or with any condition of such bond. Damages under the bond shall include moneys owed to the department for fees, fines, or penalties. Such bond shall be continuously maintained thereafter in full force. Such bond shall be conditioned upon the applicant or the licensee conducting his or her licensed business in conformity with this article and all applicable laws;
(3) When an action is commenced on a licensee's bond, the department may require the filing of a new bond; and
(4) Immediately upon recovery upon any action on the bond, the licensee shall file a new bond.
(e) Any person including the department who may be damaged by noncompliance of a licensee with any condition of a bond or this article, the "Georgia Residential Mortgage Act," may proceed on such bond against the principal or surety thereon, or both, to recover damages.
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