The affiliation relationship refers to the relationship between companies in which one business has effective control over the other by partnership or other agreement or is controlled by a third entity under common control with the other, or where a business is a joint entity linked to another parent entity by an identity of the property. These shell (or note) trade agreements are prohibited by HUD Statement of Policy 1996-2. The definition of the linked trade agreement is based on equity in property and not on employment. Therefore, disclosure of a related business agreement may not be necessary if a real estate agent`s husband is employed only by a mortgage company and the couple does not have an interest in the mortgage company. Even if we were interested in concluding controlled trade agreements, we do not calculate enough to succeed! We should certainly raise our rates, because to succeed with a controlled trade agreement, you have to ask a lot to make it attractive to “investors”. A lot more! (6) Does the new entity itself provide all essential services? Or does he take away some of the work? If so, how much of the work is contracted? (7) When the new entity performs some of its essential functions, it provides services to an independent third party? Or are the services entrusted to a parent company, a related supplier or an entity that has contributed to the participation of the controlled entity? If the new entity is working on a higher company, a related supplier or an entity it co-responsibles for, does the new entity provide valuable functions for the billing process? Pre-closing/counting information In accordance with the RESPA, all related trade agreements (AfBA) must be disclosed to the consumer. An AfBA is an agreement by which a person who is able to return transactions related to a real estate transaction has an interest in the ownership of a billing service provider and who refers or influences that provider`s choice. The referring party must notify the AfBA to the consumer at or before the referral. Disclosure should describe the commercial agreement between the two suppliers and provide the borrower with an estimate of the second supplier`s costs.