Real estate settlement agents; presumption of competency, etc. (HB570)

Introduced By

Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Real estate settlement agents. Establishes a presumption that any person who is authorized to act as a settlement agent is competent to handle settlements of federally backed mortgages secured by real estate in the Commonwealth. Lenders are prohibited from imposing any additional requirement as a condition of closing such mortgages. The measure also (i) provides that if a lender maintains a list of approved settlement agents, the list shall include any person qualified to act as a settlement agent and (ii) prohibits a lender from removing a person from such a list unless it has given the person notice of the reasons for the proposed removal and an opportunity to request a hearing. If a hearing is requested, it shall be conducted by the State Corporation Commission (SCC), and the lender shall not remove the person from its list unless the SCC finds that the removal is permitted. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102618D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/19/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2018Impact statement from SCC (HB570)
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in General Laws