Are there any fees a Mortgagee is not allowed to pay?

The Mortgagee, or any of the Mortgagee’s employees, must not pay or receive, or permit any other party involved in an FHA-insured mortgage transaction to pay or receive, any fee, kickback, compensation or thing of value to any person or Entity in connection with an FHA-insured mortgage transaction, except for services actually performed and permitted by HUD. The Mortgagee must not pay a referral fee to any person or Entity. The Mortgagee is not permitted to:
  • advance funds to a real estate agent, real estate broker, mortgage broker, or packager as an advance of anticipated commissions on sales to be financed with an FHA-insured Mortgage to be provided by the Mortgagee;
  • make low-interest or no-interest Mortgages to a real estate broker, real estate agent, mortgage broker, packager, builder or any other party from whom the Mortgagee accepts proposals involving FHA-insured Mortgages; or
  • pay a gratuity or make a gift valued above items that are customarily distributed in the normal course of advertising, public relations, or as a general promotion device, to any person or Entity involved in the Mortgagee’s FHA-insured mortgage transactions.
The Mortgagee is required to comply with all federal, state and local laws, rules, and requirements applicable to the mortgage transaction, including all applicable disclosure requirements and the requirements of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including those related to:
  • Truth in Lending Act (TILA); and
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 I.A.6.h and II.A.1.a.ii(B) at:

All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.

Topic Number: KA-04825