Can a borrower pay his own real estate agent a buyer/broker fee?

If a Borrower is represented by a real estate agent and must pay any fee directly to the agent, that expense must be included in the total of the Borrower’s settlement requirements. 

For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 II.A.4.d.i.(B)(2)(f) or II.A.5.c.i.(B)(2)(f) available at

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Topic Number: KA-04487