Images-35 PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Real estate reporters and other watchdogs take note: a bill moving through the Legislature on the regulation of mortgage loan originators calls for two kinds of report that would be exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

SB 36 by Senator Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) responds to last year's new federal law, the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act, which is designed to enhance consumer protection and reduce
fraud by encouraging states to establish minimum standards for the
licensing and registration of state-licensed mortgage loan originators.  If a state has not adopted a regulation mechanism meeting SAFE Act standards by July 30 of this year, HUD is authorized to step in and enforce its own regulations. 

SB 36 would exempt broker-initiated activity reports from disclosure.

Business and Professions Code Section 10166.07.
        (a) A real estate broker who acts pursuant to Section 10131.1 or subdivision (d) or (e) of Section 10131, and who makes, arranges, or services one or more loans in a calendar year that are secured by real property containing one to four residential units, shall annually file a business activities report, within 90 days after the end of the broker's fiscal year or within any additional time as the commissioner may allow for filing for good cause. The report shall contain within its scope all of the following information for the fiscal year, relative to the business activities of the broker and those of any other brokers and real estate salespersons acting under that broker's supervision:
        (1) Name and license number of the supervising broker and names and license numbers of the real estate brokers and salespersons under that broker's supervision. The report shall include brokers and salespersons who were under the supervising broker's supervision for all or part of the year.
        (2) A list of the real estate-related activities in which the supervising broker and the brokers and salespersons under his or her supervision engaged during the prior year. This listing shall identify all of the following:
                (A) Activities relating to mortgages, including arranging, making, or servicing.
                (B) Other activities performed under the real estate broker's or salesperson's license.
                (C) Activities performed under related licenses, including, but not limited to, a license to engage as a finance lender or a finance broker under the California Finance Lenders Law (Division 9 (commencing with Section 22000) of the Financial Code), or a license to engage as a residential mortgage lender or residential mortgage loan servicer under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (Division 20 (commencing with Section 50000) of the Financial Code).
        (3) A list of the forms of media used by the broker and those under his or her supervision to advertise to the public, including print, radio, television, the Internet, or other means.
      (4) For fixed rate loans made, brokered, or serviced, all of the following:
          (A) The total number, aggregate principal amount, lowest interest rate, highest interest rate, and a list of the institutional lenders of record. If the loan was funded by any lender other than an institutional lender, the broker shall categorize the loan as privately funded.
         (B) The total number and aggregate principal amount of covered loans, as defined in Section 4970 of the Financial Code.
         (C) The total number and aggregate principal amount of loans for which Department of Real Estate form RE Form 885 or an equivalent is required.
     (5) For adjustable rate loans made, brokered, or serviced, all of the following:
         (A) The total number, aggregate principal amount, lowest beginning interest rate, highest beginning interest rate, highest margin, and a list of the institutional lenders of record. If the loan was funded by any lender other than an institutional lender, the broker shall categorize the loan as privately funded.
         (B) The total number and aggregate principal amount of covered loans, as defined in Section 4970 of the Financial Code.
         (C) The total number and aggregate principal amount of loans for which Department of Real Estate form RE Form 885 or an equivalent is
required.

     (6) For all loans made, brokered, or serviced, the total number and aggregate principal amount of loans funded by institutional lenders, and the total number and aggregate principal amount of loans funded by private lenders.
     (7) For all loans made, brokered, or serviced, the total number and aggregate principal amount of loans that included a prepayment penalty, the minimum prepayment penalty length, the maximum prepayment penalty length, and the number of loans with prepayment
penalties whose length exceeded the length of time before the borrower's loan payment amount could increase.
     (8) For all loans brokered, the total compensation received by the broker, including yield spread premiums, commissions, and rebates, but excluding compensation used to pay fees for third-party services on behalf of the borrower.
     (9) For all mortgage loans made or brokered, the total number of loans for which a mortgage loan disclosure statement was provided in a language other than English, and the number of forms provided per language other than English.
    (10) For all mortgage loans serviced, the total amount of funds advanced to be applied toward a payment to protect the security of the note being serviced.

SB 36 would also exempt certain examination or audit reports from disclosure.

Business and Professions Code Section 10166.11.
      (a) A real estate broker who acts pursuant to Section 10131.1 or subdivision (d) or (e) of Section 10131 and who makes, arranges, or services loans secured by real property containing one to four residential units, shall keep documents and records that will properly enable the commissioner to determine whether the residential mortgage brokerage, servicing, and lending functions performed by the broker comply with this division and with all applicable rules and orders made by the commissioner. These documents shall include, at a minimum, the documents described in Section 10148. Upon request of the commissioner, a real estate broker shall file an authorization for disclosure to the commissioner of financial records of his or her licensed business pursuant to Section 7473 of the Government Code.
    (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 10148, the business documents and records of real estate brokers described in subdivision (a) and real estate salespersons acting under those brokers are subject to inspection and examination or audit by the
commissioner, at his or her discretion, after reasonable notice. That real estate broker or salesperson shall, upon request by the commissioner and within the time period specified in that request, allow the commissioner, or his or her authorized representative, to
inspect and copy any business documents and records. The commissioner may suspend or revoke the license of the broker or salesperson if he or she fails to produce documents or records within the time period specified in the request.