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Referral Fee for Construction Loan from Business

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We received a referral for a commercial construction loan from a small business that specializes in providing information to those who are building homes. The construction loan does not meet any of the triggers for RESPA coverage. The referring source is requesting a 1% referral fee. The bank would pass this fee onto the borrower. My questions are: (1) Are there any regulatory or legal prohibitions on the bank paying this fee and passing it onto the borrower, and (2) if the fee is permissible, how should it be listed on the loan documentation?

Any rules on referrals involving a true commercial transaction would be a State law issue, if any.

First published on 07/07/2019

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