Atlanta, Georgia — On October 26, 2012, an Order to Cease and Desist issued by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) to Universal Finance, Inc. d/b/a The Home Rescue Firm located at 1800 East Garry Ave. Suite 207 Santa Ana, CA 92705 and 2973 Harbor Blvd. Suite 138 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 became final.
This Order to Cease and Desist was issued by the Department after it obtained evidence that Universal Finance, Inc. d/b/a The Home Rescue Firm engaged in residential mortgage brokering and/or originating activities without a license or under an applicable exemption in violation of O.C.G.A. § 7-1-1002.
Pursuant to Georgia law, it is prohibited for any person to directly or indirectly solicit, process, place, or negotiate mortgage loans for others, or offer to solicit, process, place, or negotiate mortgage loans for others without a mortgage license or pursuant to an exemption from licensure.
It is also prohibited for any person knowingly to purchase, sell, or transfer a mortgage loan or loan application from or to an entity that is not licensed or exempt from licensing or registration provisions.
Deputy Commissioner for Non-Depository Financial Institutions
Phone: (770) 986-1371
The Department has regulatory and/or licensing authority over state-chartered banks, credit unions, trust companies, mortgage loan originators, mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders, mortgage processors, check cashers, sale of check companies, money transmitters, international banking organizations, and bank holding companies conducting business in Georgia. Visit us on the Web at: http://dbf.georgia.gov/