(1) To act as a real estate closing agent, a person shall be (a) licensed or regulated by one or more regulating entities or (b) employed by a person or entity regulated by one or more regulating entities, unless employing such person to act as a real estate closing agent is otherwise prohibited by statute, rule, or regulation.
(2) A person acting as a real estate closing agent shall:
(a) Have received good funds which are available for disbursement at the time of closing a real estate transaction, except that up to five hundred dollars need not be available for disbursement from good funds;
(b) Except as provided in section 81-885.21, deposit all funds received on behalf of another person in a trust account controlled by the real estate closing agent in a federally insured financial institution, except that up to five hundred dollars may be paid by one party directly to another party without first being deposited in a trust account controlled by the real estate closing agent; and
(c) Except as provided in section 81-885.21, disburse closing funds only from the real estate closing agent's trust account in a federally insured financial institution in the form of good funds or in the form of a check drawn from the real estate closing agent's trust account.
(3) The following real estate transactions are exempt from this section:
(a) Transactions with a political subdivision which is exercising its power of condemnation or eminent domain;
(b) Lease or rental transactions; and
(c) Real estate transactions in which the closing occurs within one business day following another real estate closing and in which one party is a principal to both transactions, but only to the extent that the funds disbursed in the subsequent transaction are drawn upon funds properly received by a real estate closing agent in the prior transaction which were deposited in that real estate closing agent's trust account in a federally insured financial institution or as otherwise provided in section 81-885.21.
(4) The Attorney General or any county attorney may act to enjoin the performance of real estate closings which violate this section.
(5) A person acting as a real estate closing agent in violation of this section shall be guilty of a Class V misdemeanor.