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Compensation and Compliance Matters: How Buying Leads Could Infringe on RESPA

Sales Leads Magnifying Glass Looking Searching Customers ProspecLenders should exercise caution when purchasing leads to ensure that they are not actually paying for referrals as prohibited by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The purchase of leads is an acceptable practice so long as the leads do not constitute referrals. The Department of Housing and Urban Development permitted lenders to purchase lists of prospects. Likewise, to date, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has not prohibited this practice. Nevertheless, RESPA, as enforced by HUD and the CFPB,

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