Connecticut Increases Mortgage Bond Requirements

The Connecticut House Bill 5577 increases the mortgage bond requirements in the State of Connecticut by doubling the amount of existing bonds. This Bill became effective on July 1, 2008. The passing of this Bill is not good news for licensed Mortgage Brokers and Lenders in the State of Connecticut, since this Bill requires that all Mortgage Brokers and Lenders carry a bond for $80,000. All licensed Brokers and Lender must be compliant by August 1, 2009.

What will this mean to the thousands of Mortgage Brokers and Lender in the state of Connecticut? Bottom-line financially, they will be paying more for their Surety Bonds to be compliant with the state guidelines. The Surety Companies will be looking a bit closer at applications and increases for bonds in Connecticut due to the now large requirement of $80,000. Surety underwriters will be looking a bit closer at Net Worth of the business and the owners of the company. They will want to make sure there will be enough cash in reserves to handle any claims that could arise.

Due to the increased bond requirements, the affect on Mortgage Brokers and Lenders that may have issues with personal credit will result in difficulty securing lower rates for these bonds. The bill allows for in increase in personal net worth from $25,000 to $50,000. There will be a few markets that will be positioned to write these bonds, but overall it can be expected that they will be looking for larger premiums, due to the increased financial risks.

In addition, this bill will combine existing “First “and “Second” mortgage expert licenses into one combined license that will cover all activities and require that all applicants are using the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). The state will also require that the license have an expiration date of December 31st of the following year.

To summarize further changes in the Bill, the State of Connecticut requires each licensee to contact the state license center, if any of the following occur:

  • Licensee experiences a bankruptcy
  • Criminal Indictment of any type
  • Provide notice of license denial, cease and desist, license suspension, and or fines from any other licensing entity
  • Notification by any agency of the Attorney General
  • Any revocation of a warehouse line of credit
  • Notification of any license holders owning over 10% of the company filing bankruptcy
  • Notification of ownership changes

Neglecting to report any of the occurrences above could result in suspension or revocation of a license.

With all these changes in the State of Connecticut, we can expect the Surety Companies to tighten their guidelines and underwriting practices and these bonds will not be as easy to get as they have been in the past. For specific rules and regulations, it is strongly recommended visiting the Connecticut State Website for more specific licensing requirements.

Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog. He has held a range of different roles within the surety industry, from agent assistant to bond issuer, which gives him a unique insider perspective on surety related topics.

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