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(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may pursuant to Section 22203 and in conformance with its fiduciary duty set forth in Section 22250, enter into correspondent agreements with private lending institutions in this state to utilize the retirement fund to invest in residential mortgages, including assisting borrowers, through financing, to obtain homes in this state.

(b) The program shall, among other things, provide:

(1) That home loans be made available to borrowers for the purchase of single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, three-family dwellings, four-family dwellings, single-family cooperative apartments, and single-family condominiums.

(2) That the recipients of the loans occupy the homes as their principal residences in accordance with policies established by the board.

(3) That the home loans shall be available only for the purchase or refinance of homes in this state.

(4) That the amount and length of the loans shall be pursuant to a schedule periodically established by the board that shall provide a loan of up to 100 percent of the appraised value. In no event shall the loan amount exceed 200 percent of the conforming loan limit set by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) or 200 percent of the conforming loan limit set by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), whichever is greater. The portion of any loan exceeding 80 percent of value shall be insured by an admitted mortgage guaranty insurer conforming to Chapter 2A (commencing with Section 12640.01) of Part 6 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, in an amount so that the unguaranteed portion of the loan does not exceed 75 percent of the market value of the property together with improvements thereon.

(5) That there may be prepayment penalties assessed on the loans in accordance with policies established by the board.

(6) That the criteria and terms for its loans shall be consistent with the financial integrity of the program and the sound investment of the retirement fund.

(7) Any other terms and conditions as the board shall deem appropriate.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the provisions of this section be used to establish an investment program for residential mortgages, including assisting borrowers in purchasing homes in this state, or refinancing a mortgage loan. The Legislature intends that home loans made pursuant to this section shall be secured primarily by the property purchased or refinanced and shall not exceed the appraised value of that property.

(d) Appropriate administrative costs of implementing this section and Section 22360.5 shall be paid by the participating borrowers.

Those costs may be included in the loan amount.

(e) Appropriate interest rates shall be periodically reviewed and adjusted to provide loans to borrowers consistent with the financial integrity of the home loan program and the sound and prudent investment of the retirement fund. Under no circumstances, however, shall the interest rates offered to borrowers be below current market rate.

(f) The board shall administer this section and Section 22360.5 under other terms and conditions it deems appropriate and in keeping with the investment standard. The board may adopt policies as necessary for its administration of this section and Section 22360.5 and to assure compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

(g) This section and Section 22360.5 shall be known as, and may be cited as, the Dave Elder State Teachers' Retirement System Home Loan Program Act.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 802, Sec. 4.)

Reference:

Education Code 22203

Education Code 22250

Education Code 22360.5