Subdivision 1. Scope.
For purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this section have
the meanings given to them.
Subd. 2. Act.
"Act" means the Minnesota Residential Mortgage Originator and Servicer
Subd. 3. Advance fee.
"Advance fee" means a commission, fee, charge, or compensation of
any kind paid to a residential mortgage originator before the closing of a loan, that is intended in
whole or in part as payment for the originator's services in finding or attempting to find a loan for
a borrower. Advance fee does not include pass-through fees or commitment or extended lock fees
or other fees as determined by the commissioner.
Subd. 3a. Advertisement.
"Advertisement" includes, but is not limited to, any illustration,
circular, or statement that presents information to the public in either a paper, electronic, or
other medium that is intended to attract clients, generate interest, or otherwise make known the
existence of the licensee and which addresses services, fees, or products provided by or available
through the licensee, including, but not limited to, interest rates, loan origination fees, types of
available loans, discount points, closing costs, or sample mortgage terms.
Subd. 4. Borrower.
"Borrower" means a person or persons applying for a residential
mortgage loan, a mortgagor, or the person or persons on whose behalf the activities in subdivisions
12, 14, 22, and 23 are conducted.
Subd. 5. Closing.
"Closing" means either or both of the following: (1) the process whereby
the real estate contract between a buyer and a seller is consummated; or (2) the process whereby
the documents creating a security interest in real property become effective between the borrower
and the lender.
Subd. 6. Commissioner.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.
Subd. 7. Employee.
"Employee" means an individual who is treated as an employee by
the residential mortgage originator or servicer for purposes of compliance with federal income
Subd. 8. Escrow account.
"Escrow account" means a trust account that is established and
maintained to hold funds received from a borrower, such as real estate taxes and insurance
premiums, incurred in connection with the servicing of the mortgage.
Subd. 9. Exempt person.
"Exempt person" means a person exempt from residential
mortgage originator licensing requirements, and a person exempt from residential mortgage
service licensing requirements.
Subd. 10. Financial institution.
"Financial institution" means a bank, bank and trust, trust
company with banking powers, savings bank, savings association, or credit union, organized
under the laws of this state, any other state, or the United States; an industrial loan and thrift under
chapter 53; or a regulated lender under chapter 56. The term "financial institution" also includes
a subsidiary or operating subsidiary of a financial institution or of a bank holding company
as defined in the federal Bank Holding Company Act, United States Code, title 12, section
1841 et seq., if the subsidiary or operating subsidiary can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the
commissioner that it is regulated and subject to active and ongoing oversight and supervision by a
federal banking agency, as defined in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, United States Code, title
12, section 1811 et seq., or the commissioner.
Subd. 11. Lender.
"Lender" means a person who makes residential mortgage loans including
a person who provides table funding.
Subd. 12. Making a residential mortgage loan.
"Making a residential mortgage loan"
means for compensation or gain, or the expectation of compensation or gain, to advance funds or
make a commitment to advance funds in connection with a residential mortgage.
Subd. 13. Mortgage broker; broker.
"Mortgage broker" or "broker" means a person who
performs the activities described in subdivisions 14 and 23.
Subd. 14. Mortgage brokering; brokering.
"Mortgage brokering" or "brokering" means
helping to obtain from another person, for a borrower, a residential mortgage loan or assisting a
borrower in obtaining a residential mortgage loan in return for consideration to be paid by the
borrower or lender or both. Mortgage brokering or brokering includes, but is not limited to,
soliciting, placing, or negotiating a residential mortgage loan.
Subd. 15.[Repealed, 2000 c 427 s 21
Subd. 16. Person.
"Person" means a natural person, firm, partnership, limited liability
partnership, corporation, association, limited liability company, or other form of business
organization and the officers, directors, employees, or agents of that person.
Subd. 17. Person in control.
"Person in control" means any member of senior management
and other persons who possess, directly or indirectly, the power to direct or cause the direction of
the management policies of an applicant or licensee under this chapter, regardless of whether the
person has any ownership interest in the applicant or licensee. Control is presumed to exist if a
person, directly or indirectly, owns, controls, or holds with power to vote ten percent or more
of the voting stock of an applicant or licensee or of a person who owns, controls, or holds with
power to vote ten percent or more of the voting stock of an applicant or licensee.
Subd. 18. Residential mortgage loan.
"Residential mortgage loan" means a loan made
primarily for personal, family, or household use and secured primarily by either: (1) a mortgage
on residential real property; or (2) certificates of stock or other evidence of ownership interest in
and proprietary lease from corporations, partnerships, or other forms of business organizations
formed for the purpose of cooperative ownership of residential real property.
Subd. 19. Residential mortgage originator.
"Residential mortgage originator" means a
person who, directly or indirectly, for compensation or gain or in expectation of compensation
or gain, solicits or offers to solicit, or accepts or offers to accept an application for a residential
mortgage loan through any medium or mode of communication from a borrower, or makes
a residential mortgage loan. "Residential mortgage originator" includes a lender as defined in
subdivision 11 and a broker as defined in subdivision 13.
Subd. 20. Residential mortgage servicer; servicer.
"Residential mortgage servicer" or
"servicer" means a person who engages in the activity of servicing a residential mortgage as
defined in subdivision 22.
Subd. 21. Residential real property; residential real estate.
"Residential real property" or
"residential real estate" means real property improved or intended to be improved by a structure
designed principally for the occupancy of from one to four families.
Subd. 22. Servicing; servicing a residential mortgage loan.
"Servicing" or "servicing a
residential mortgage loan" means through any medium or mode of communication the collection
or remittance of, or the right or obligation to collect or remit for a lender, mortgagee, note owner,
noteholder, or for a person's own account, payments, interest, principal, and escrow items such as
insurance and taxes for property subject to a residential mortgage loan.
Subd. 23. Soliciting, placing, or negotiating a residential mortgage loan.
placing, or negotiating a residential mortgage loan" means for compensation or gain or
expectation of compensation or gain, whether directly or indirectly, accepting or offering to
accept an application for a residential mortgage loan, assisting, or offering to assist a borrower
in applying for a residential mortgage loan, or negotiating or offering to negotiate the terms or
conditions of a residential mortgage loan with a lender on behalf of a borrower.
Subd. 24.[Repealed, 2004 c 203 art 1 s 11
Subd. 25. Trust account.
"Trust account" means a negotiable order of withdrawal account,
demand deposit, or checking account maintained for the purpose of segregating trust funds from
other funds. A "trust account" must not allow the financial institution a right of set-off against the
money owed it by the account holder.
Subd. 26. Trust funds.
"Trust funds" means funds received by a residential mortgage
originator or servicer in a fiduciary capacity for later distribution, such as appraisal or credit
report fees, taxes, or insurance premiums. Trust funds includes commitment, lock, extended
lock, and advance fees.
History: 1998 c 343 art 1 s 2; 1999 c 86 art 1 s 14; 2000 c 427 s 10; 2001 c 56 s 8