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, Parts 1010 and 1029, to now identify non-bank mortgage lenders and mortgage providers as credit or financing institutions, to require them to implement anti-moneylaundering programmes and to notify under the Bank Secrecy Act allegations of activity.
Under the Banking Secrecy Act, "financial institution" is defined as comprising in part a credit or a financing entity, but these were indefinite concepts in a Findings Ordinance with no legal background on the meanings of the concepts. During 2002, FIEN granted a temporary exemption to credit financing firms and others from the concept of a " hard cash " entity.
During 2009, FunCEN published its draft rules requesting opinions on whether non-bank mortgage lenders and mortgage creators should also be included. Following extensive scrutiny and commentary, the definitive rules now also require non-bank mortgage lenders and mortgage providers ("RMLOs") to report unsuspicious activity. FindCEN will define a private mortgage lender as "[a] party that is accepting an offer for a private mortgage or offering or negotiating conditions for a private mortgage loan", but not a party that is funding the purchase of its own real estate.
FindCEN has described the new regulation as "the first stage in a gradual process of implementing the provisions for the wide range of credit or financing companies of banks". It is likely that this is something that the sector should keep in mind, as the BSA has not defined the concept of "credit or financing company". FinCEN's view that the concept allows the inclusion of "other kinds of credit and financing related companies and professions" may suggest further expansion through further changes in regulation.
Definitive rules on non-bank mortgage lenders and lenders apply 60 workingdays from publication in the Federal Register. Adherence to the definitive rules will be due six month after the date of entry in the Federal Register. Definitive rule: http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/frn/pdf/1506-AB02_RMLO_Final_Rule.pdf.