In real estate I am amazed how many clients think there are kickbacks in terms of money to agents for partnerships with associated vendors. There is with ethical agents
No Hanky Panky With Settlement Vendors
Agents recommend title companies, lenders, all sorts of associated settlement services. But RESPA prohibits receiving compensation to the agent depending on who is selected and agents should remain NEUTRAL with those selections.
I'll scratch your back you scratch mine is fine but not in settlement.