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California, with its large senior population and valuable real estate market, is a significant hub for reverse mortgages. However, it’s essential to understand the licensing requirements for professionals involved in these transactions. In this short blog, we’ll explore the world of reverse mortgage licenses in California and why they matter.

  1. Reverse Mortgage Loan Originator (RMLO) License

In California, individuals who facilitate reverse mortgage loans must obtain a Reverse Mortgage Loan Originator (RMLO) license. This license is regulated by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) and ensures that the professional is qualified and knowledgeable in the intricacies of reverse mortgages. To acquire an RMLO license, candidates must complete specific educational courses and pass a state exam. They must also meet continuing education requirements to keep their licenses current.

  1. Mortgage Broker License

Mortgage brokers can also handle reverse mortgage transactions in California, but they need to be licensed by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). A Mortgage Broker License is essential for any individual or company involved in the placement, negotiation, or servicing of reverse mortgage loans.

  1. Lender License

If you’re a financial institution or entity lending reverse mortgage funds, you must obtain a Lender License in California. The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) regulates this license, imposing specific requirements and responsibilities.

  1. Legal Counsel and Financial Advisors

Reverse mortgage transactions often involve complex financial and legal considerations. While professionals directly involved in the loan process require specific licenses, it’s also advisable to consult legal counsel and financial advisors with expertise in reverse mortgages to ensure that all aspects of the transaction comply with California law.