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(815 ILCS 120/2)
(from Ch. 17, par. 852)
As used in this Act:
(a) "Financial Institution" means any bank, credit union, insurance company,
mortgage banking company, savings bank, savings and loan
association, or other residential mortgage lender which operates
or has a place of business in this State.
(b) "Person" means any natural person.
(c) "Varying the terms of a loan" includes, but is not limited to the
(1) Requiring a greater than average down payment
than is usual for the particular type of a loan involved.
(2) Requiring a shorter period of amortization than
is usual for the particular type of loan involved.
(3) Charging a higher interest rate than is usual for
the particular type of loan involved.
(4) An underappraisal of real estate or other item of
property offered as security.
(d) "Equity stripping" means to assist a person in obtaining a loan secured
by the person's principal residence for the primary purpose of receiving fees
related to the financing when (i) the loan decreased the person's equity in the
principal residence and (ii) at the time the loan is made, the financial
institution does not reasonably believe that the person will be able to make
the scheduled payments to repay the loan. "Equity
stripping" does not include reverse mortgages as defined in Section 5a of the
Illinois Banking Act, Section 1-6a of the Illinois Savings and Loan Act of
subsection (3) of Section 46 of the Illinois Credit Union Act.
(e) "Loan flipping" means to assist a person in refinancing a loan secured by
the person's principal residence for the primary purpose of receiving fees
related to the refinancing when (i) the refinancing of the loan results in no
tangible benefit to the person and (ii) at the time the loan is made, the
financial institution does not reasonably believe that the refinancing of the
loan will result in a tangible benefit to the person.
(f) "Principal residence" means a person's primary residence that is a
dwelling consisting of 4 or fewer family units or that is in a dwelling
consisting of condominium or cooperative units.
(Source: P.A. 93-561, eff. 1-1-04.)