Can an FHA-approved Mortgagee pay a fee to a non-FHA-approved lender for the referral of a borrower?

No.  The Mortgagee, or any of the Mortgageeā€™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. 

For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 I.A.6.h available 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-05122