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New York mortgage lenders, also called mortgage loan originators, need a surety bond to be fully licensed. The state Department of Financial Services licenses lenders through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS).
Why do lenders need this bond?
Mortgage lenders handle sensitive information and negligence or malpractice can cause extensive financial harm to consumers. The surety bond provides a means of seeking reimbursement should a consumer suffer such a loss.
The amount of surety bond coverage a New York mortgage lender or originator needs is dependent on the dollar value of mortgage loans originated in the previous year. The scale is as follows:
Less than $1,000,000 in originated mortgage loans—$10,000 bond
$1,000,000-$749,999,999 in originated mortgage loans—$15,000 bond
$7,500,000-$14,999,999 in originated mortgage loans—$25,000 bond
$15,000,000-$29,999,999 in originated mortgage loans—$50,000 bond
$30,000,000-$49,999,999 in originated mortgage loans—$75,000 bond
$50,000,000 or more in originated mortgage loans—$100,000 bond
First-time mortgage lender applicants need $10,000 of bond coverage. If a claim is made on this bond and the claim is proven and paid out, the principal must reimburse the surety company the full claim amount.
How much does this bond cost?
The cost of this bond varies greatly, since the amount of coverage depends on the dollar value of mortgage loans the lender originated in the previous year. Depending on a review of your credit, and the amount of coverage needed, your bond premium could vary from 1-10%:
$10,000 bond—$100-$1,000 premium
$15,000 bond—$150-$1,500 premium
$25,000 bond—$250-$2,500 premium
$50,000 bond—$500-$5,000 premium
$75,000 bond—$750-$7,500 premium
$100,000 bond—$1,000-$10,000 premium
Don’t guess what your premium will be—get in touch with Absolute Surety so we can help you get the best price for your bond.