Licensed and registered mortgage loan originators in Texas need to take eight hours of standard annual renewal education that includes core topics and an elective. Four modules make up this series, each focusing on a major topic area:
- Module 1: Federal Mortgage Laws
- Module 2: Ethics, Fraud, Consumer Protection, and Fair Lending
- Module 3: Non-Traditional Mortgage Lending
- Module 4: Renovation Mortgage Loans
The first module of the course covers sweeping laws and rules that apply to mortgage loans and mortgage loan originators across the country. A review of the SAFE Act, Regulation Z, ECOA, and the TRID Integrated Mortgage Disclosures make up the bulk of this module.
The second module deals with ethical considerations and consumer protection, including a discussion of business ethics and the duties that apply to financial services.
Then, topics related to consumer protection and the requirements under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) take center stage. Fair lending practices are emphasized. After that, we address the current state of mortgage fraud in the United States, and we examine ways to identify and deter different types of mortgage fraud.
The third module looks at a variety of non-traditional mortgage loan products and the increased risks and scrutiny that accompany most alternatives to the 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan. We examine adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), reverse mortgages, high-cost and higher-priced mortgage loans, counseling requirements, and information on lending standards. Other types of loans and financing options are also discussed, including government programs such as FHA, VA, and USDA loans.
The fourth module provides information on renovation mortgage loans, including what they are and when to use them, with a focus on Fannie Mae HomeStyle® and FHA 203(k) renovation loans.
Recent updates and insights are provided throughout the four modules. Each module is followed by an assessment that consists of a five-question quiz and an activity in which students read a short scenario and then answer questions about the scenario. A 25-question final wraps up the eight-hour course.
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- Course ID(s): 14262
- Approved By: NMLS
Mary Tillery, loan originator and Sales Manager at Guild Mortgage, in Grants Pass Oregon, has been actively involved in home lending since 1986. She has originated everything from first time homebuyers, to complex construction financing and reverse mortgages, besides all forms of more traditional lending. Mary combines her depth of knowledge with a sincere desire to know, love and serve her clients. She has been teaching home buying classes for 20+ years and loves to share her knowledge with not just her clients, but with people in the industry who are interested in growing.