Yesterday I attended an awards luncheon. On of the things that got my attention was the venders who were at the event. There were a couple of lenders present, who were owned by other real estate companies. First of all I would never use or recommend their services, period.
I am real glad my company does not own a mortgage company, an escrow company or any other service company. The conflict of interest is too tremendous. If I ever leave the company I am with I would not consider an office that also owns and promotes their own lender or escrow company. I can not imagine any added benefit for the real estate agents, just a lot of additional liability.
I know many will disagree with me on this subject. That is OK there are companies just right for them. For me selling homes is enough.