Important Disclosures from Amerant Mortgage regarding ECOA Notice, U.S. Patriot Act & Consumer Complaints in Texas.

The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Notice

The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or age (provided that the applicant has the capacity to enter into a binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from a public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any rights under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. The Federal Agency that administers compliance with this law concerning this creditor is the Federal Trade Commission, Equal Credit Opportunity, Washington, DC 20580. We are required to disclose to you that you need not disclose income from alimony, child support, or separate maintenance payments if you choose not to do so.

Under ECOA, we will ask you to confirm your intent to apply jointly for credit if you wish to have a co-borrower.

US Patriot Act – Identification Document Requirements

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies every customer. What this means to you: When you apply for a loan, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see a valid form of identification; including, but not limited to:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • A valid state identification card
  • Military identification card
  • Un-expired passport
  • Non-resident alien card

Consumer Complaints

For all consumers wishing to file a complaint against a mortgage banker (excluding Texas), you may do so by contacting us at consumercomplaints@amerantmortgage.com. Please provide as much detailed information as possible so we can address your concerns as best as possible.

Texas Residents

In Texas – Consumers wishing to file a complaint against a mortgage banker or a licensed Mortgage Banker Residential Mortgage Loan Originator should complete and send a complaint form to:

The Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending

2601 N. Lamar Suite 201

Austin, TX 78705

Complaint forms and instructions may be obtained from the department’s website at www.SML.Texas.gov. A toll-free consumer hotline is available at 1-877-276-5550. The department maintains a recovery fund to make payments of certain actual out-of-pocket damages sustained by borrowers caused by acts of licensed Mortgage Banker Residential Mortgage Loan Originators. A written application for reimbursement from the recovery fund must be filed with and investigated by the department prior to the payment of a claim. For more information about the recovery fund, please consult the department’s website at www.SML.Texas.gov