Section 8 / General – 2. What is RESPA Section 8(a)?

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Q:   What is RESPA Section 8(a)?
A:   RESPA Section 8(a) prohibits kickbacks for business referrals involving a federally related mortgage loan. RESPA Section 8(a) prohibits the giving and accepting of kickbacks (e.g., cash or other “things of value” as defined in RESPA and Regulation X) pursuant to any agreement or understanding to refer settlement service business or business incident to a real estate settlement service in connection with those loans. 12 USC § 2607(a).
For more information on RESPA Section 8(a), see RESPA Section 8(a) FAQ 1 below.
This Q&A was based on information contained in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act FAQs that were issued in October, 2020, which may be updated from time to time.  This CFPB issuance may be found here:

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