RealtySouth, the largest real estate company in Alabama, was ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pay $500,000 for inadequate mortgage disclosures, practices that illegally benefited TitleSouth LLC, an affiliated firm owned by the same holding company that owns RealtySouth.

The CFPB charged that RealtySouth violated the Real Estate Settlement and Practices Act (RESPA), which protects consumers during the home-buying process by prohibiting kickbacks for referrals of real estate settlement services.

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