WSR 02-21-101

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

[ Filed October 22, 2002, 10:52 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: October 1, 2002.

Purpose: To prohibit unfair and deceptive advertising and solicitation practices by mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders to residents of Washington state.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 208-620-160.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 31.04.165.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-12-004 on May 22, 2002.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

October 18, 2002

Mark Thomson

Division Director

OTS-5679.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-04-013, filed 1/26/96, effective 2/26/96)

WAC 208-620-160   Advertising -- Restrictions and requirements.   (1) A licensee shall advertise only under the name or names on its license.

(2) When an advertisement includes information about a consumer's current loan that did not come from a solicitation, application, or loan made or purchased by the licensee, the licensee shall provide to the consumer the name of the source from which this information was obtained.

(3) It is an unfair and deceptive act or practice and a violation of RCW 31.04.027 for a licensee to solicit using advertising that includes:

(a) An envelope or stationary that contains an official-looking emblem, such as an eagle or a crest, or that is otherwise designed to resemble an official government mailing, such as a mailing from the Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Department of the Treasury;

(b) An envelope or stationary containing warnings or notices citing codes or form numbers made to appear like government codes or form numbers that are not required to be shown on the mailing by the U.S. Postal Service;

(c) Any suggestion or representation that the licensee is, or is affiliated with, a state or federal agency, municipality, bank, savings bank, trust company, savings and loan association, building and loan association, credit union, or other entity that it does not actually represent;

(d) Any suggestion or representation that the solicitation is from an entity other than the licensee;

(e) Any suggestion or representation that the information about a consumer's current loan was provided by any source other than the source disclosed pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.

(4) A licensee shall maintain a copy of all advertising for a period of ((two years)) twenty-five months at a location approved by the director. Such copies shall include newspaper and print advertising, scripts of radio and television advertising, telemarketing scripts, all direct mail advertising, and any advertising distributed directly by delivery, facsimile or computer network.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.320.040, 31.04.045, [31.04].105, [31.04].145, [31.04].155 and [31.04].165. 96-04-013, recodified as 208-620-160, filed 1/26/96, effective 2/26/96. Statutory Authority: 1991 c 208 17. 91-22-035, 50-20-140, filed 10/30/91, effective 1/1/92.]

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