Fraud against financial institution or other lender for purpose of obtaining loan secured by lien on real property.
As used in this section, “financial institution” means a bank, mortgage broker, mortgage banker, mortgage servicer as that term is defined in NRS 645F.063, credit union, thrift company, savings and loan association or savings bank, or any subsidiary or affiliate of a bank, mortgage broker, mortgage banker, mortgage servicer, credit union, thrift company, savings and loan association or savings bank, which is authorized to transact business in this State and which makes or acquires, in whole or in part, any loan of the kind described in subsection 2.
Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, a person who, for the purpose of obtaining a loan secured by a lien on real property, knowingly conceals a material fact, or makes a false statement concerning a material fact knowing that the statement is false, is liable to any financial institution or other lender which relied upon the absence of that concealed fact or on that false statement for any damages it sustains because of the fraud.
In addition to its actual damages, a financial institution or other lender may recover exemplary or punitive damages in an amount not to exceed 50 percent of the actual damages awarded.
The cause of action provided by this section:
Is not, for the purposes of NRS 40.430, an action for the recovery of any debt or an action for the enforcement of any right secured by mortgage or lien upon real estate.
Is in addition to and not in substitution for any right of foreclosure existing in favor of the financial institution or other lender. Any recovery pursuant to this section does not limit the amount of a judgment awarded pursuant to NRS 40.459, but the financial institution or other lender is not entitled to recover actual damages more than once for the same loss.
The provisions of this section do not apply to any loan which is secured by a lien on real property used for residential purposes if:
The residence is a single-family dwelling occupied by the person obtaining the loan, as represented by the person in connection with the person’s application for the loan; and
The loan is for the principal amount of $150,000 or less.