When you're looking into mortgage bonds, you might run across the term "recovery fund." How is a recovery fund different from a mortgage bond? Can you choose between them?
While some states provide the option of contributing to a recovery fund, in most states a mortgage bond is your way of ensuring that your customers are protected.
State Recovery Fund Vs Mortgage Bond
What is a Mortgage Bond?
When you're a mortgage broker, lender, or originator, you need to ensure that your customers are protected. One form of protection is a Mortgage Bond.
A Mortgage Bond is a type of surety bond that promises you will follow rules and regulations of the mortgage industry.
If a client suffers financial hardship due to your negligence, they can make a claim against your surety bond.
What is a State Recovery Fund?
A state recovery fund, on the other hand, is similar to a Mortgage Bond in the sense that it is a form of compensation for victims of mortgage negligence.
How a state recovery fund works is this: Each state determines an amount that every mortgage licensee must contribute to the fund each year. In the event that a licensee makes a violation and they are unable to satisfy the consumer, the recovery fund helps to reimburse the injured party.
To determine what your state requires, view our post "Recovery Fund or Mortgage Bond: What Does Your State Require?"
Mortgage Bonds: The Superior Product
While a state recovery fund has been an attractive option for states with smaller bond amounts and low claims frequency, managing a state recovery fund means that a state agency bears a large administrative burden.
The recovery fund doesn't have the advantages of the surety bond such as the ability to outsource claims handling and a third party that can resolve claims and false payment issues. A recovery fund also has no prequalification tool for mortgage company applicants.
Recovery funds come with financial risk, since they must be funded by licensees in order to have monies available in case of a loss. The mortgage bond is a third-party approval process that is managed by that third party. It's simpler for the state, and it is a superior product.
Do You Need a Mortgage Bond?
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