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PDFWAC 208-620-810

What requirements must I meet before offering or making proprietary reverse mortgages to Washington residents?

You must meet the following requirements before offering proprietary reverse mortgage loans to Washington residents:
(1) Obtain and maintain an irrevocable standby letter of credit in your favor in an amount necessary to fund all reverse mortgage loan requirements anticipated over the next twelve months for loans on your books plus those expected to be made over the next twelve months, or three million dollars, whichever is greater. The initial term of the letter of credit must be at least two years. The letter of credit must be from a financial institution approved by the director.
(a) The financial institution that provides the letter of credit required in subsection (1) of this section may not be affiliated with you.
(b) If you have had a rating of either 4A1 or 5A1 from Dun & Bradstreet credit services for three consecutive years you are exempt from the requirements in subsection (1) of this section.
(2) Maintain a minimum capital of ten million dollars.
You may rely on the capital of your parent to satisfy this requirement. However, for any year in which you rely on your parent's capital, you must provide to the director a certified financial statement of the parent showing a net worth of at least one hundred million dollars as of the close of its most recent fiscal year and a binding written commitment from the parent to you making a minimum of ten million dollars available to you as a capital contribution in connection with your reverse mortgage lending program.
(3) Subsections (1) and (2) of this section do not apply to you if you:
(a) Only originate proprietary reverse mortgage loans with full disbursement of the proceeds; or
(b) Only originate proprietary reverse mortgage loans that are sold into the secondary market to an investor with either a 4A1 or 5A1 rating from Dun & Bradstreet credit services. You must obtain a written commitment to purchase from the investor prior to the loan closing and must arrange for the delivery of the loans to the investor within ten days of the loan closing.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.320.040, 31.04.165, 2009 c 120, and 2009 c 149. WSR 09-24-090, ยง 208-620-810, filed 12/1/09, effective 1/1/10.]
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