The Federal legislation that gives us SAFE (National Mortgage originator licensing) is going to go into effect on January 20, 2010. If you’re one of those who won’t be able to retain or be licensed after that date, now is the time to start planning your new career.

Virtually everyone who has a license now will have to re-test, re-qualify and be certified under the new standards, even though they are not as stringent as the Texas standards were already. Anyone who was grandfathered in at the beginning of Texas licensing will now have to pass the state exam for the first time.

These standards will apply to EVERYONE, whether employed by a Federally chartered bank, mortgage bank or mortgage broker. After January 20, 2010, anyone that’s working with you originating a loan will be licensed to the uniform standard.

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