RatePlug for agents lets you display affiliated Lender’s mortgage payment and branding information within the property listings that you send to your homebuyers. Completely compliant with all regulations.
RatePlug is an automated system. You do not need to learn how to use any new software or log onto any system to participate. Once you are enrolled, a 2 minute process, your lending partner supports you, which only takes them a few minutes a day!
Your lender will make sure their mortgage products and rates are kept current, and they will also provide you with the Property Flyers for your listings or open house events. All you need to do is continue to send properties to potential homebuyers through the MLS system.
RatePlug has contracted with the MLS to provide the Program as one of the services included in your membership. There are no additional fees to participate.
Your lending partners pay a license fee to participate, but they can work with as many agents as they choose for one low annual fee. Their fee is not based on transactions or program usage.
RatePlug does not display random lending companies’ information like other mortgage sites do. You tell us who you would like to display, and we do the rest. We will contact your lender or lenders (you can display up to 3 lenders) to explain the benefits of the Program and guide them through the enrollment process.
Your customers have access to your trusted lenders and the services they provide, providing you peace of mind regarding the mortgage process.
RESPA-TILA: RatePlug contracts with the local MLS organization to add the RatePlug Program to their core services provided to their Agent members for which the members pay membership dues. The lender pays RatePlug a license fee to be displayed within the system. There are no fees being paid by Lenders on behalf of agents and there is no mention or criteria for leads to be contingent on affiliation. The real estate agent can display multiple lenders as well.
FTC MAP: The FTC implemented requirements regarding Mortgage advertising. The Mortgage Acts and Practices (MAP) regulations impact ALL real estate professionals offering information about mortgages to clients or customers. RatePlug has taken the following steps to protect the Broker/Agents:
Record Keeping - The regulations specify that real estate professionals are required to save all mortgage related communications for up to 6 years (RatePlug actually stores for 10 years) from the date that the communication was made available to the consumer. RatePlug archives every lender display created on property reports as well as every property flyer generated through the RatePlug system for retrieval at a later date if necessary.
Disclaimer language - RatePlug has adopted the National Association of Realtor's recommended disclaimer and has incorporated the language into all flyers generated through our Program. This disclaimer is simple and clear specifying that the Broker/Agent is not a mortgage lender and directs the customer to contact the lender directly with mortgage related inquiries.
REG Z: The foundation of the RatePlug Program was based on the aggregation and display of accurate rates, APR's, and disclaimers within our presentation layer. The participating lender inputs and controls all the rate and program information that will be displayed. Our development team has painstakingly made every effort to ensure that all REG Z guidelines are met and exceeded. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart have orally expressed that the RatePlug Program is compliant with REG Z guidelines. In addition, we receive scrutiny from each lender that participates in our Program. We have national approval from some of the largest lenders. Each Lender is able to customize all disclosure information within our system as a further safeguard.
TRID: RatePlug has added the required "Projected Payment" tables to all of our flyers and MLS displays. See below
Ongoing diligence: RatePlug's legal advisors and vast network of national lenders ensures that we are aware of the latest regulatory rulings, and our team of developers work diligently with these entities to adjust our RatePlug Program to seamlessly implement any changes that would impact our subscribers.