From 2007, the outstanding performance of the financial institutions gave way to the bursting of the housing bubble. Real estate whose fees have a permanent character and recurring such as rental management and property administration resisted but the pace of transactions and starts declined sharply. This has caused an awareness on the part of banks reacted in: Stopping the acquisitions or investments in the real estate sector; Closing some real estate agencies; Restructuring their activities to promote consistency and readability of various trades; In addition, buyers found that they could not (for regulatory or governance) or failed to make the synergies that were announced and anticipated between the Bank's businesses and real estate.
The real estate crisis has significantly slowed the enthusiasm of Banks. However, they must adapt their distribution model to the development of brokers. Indeed, the market share of the brokerage has grown steadily in recent years at the expense of traditional banking channels to locate currently around 22% of loans in Europe. This reflects an underlying trend as evidenced by other European markets where brokers capture 30% market share in Germany, 55% in Spain, 60% in the Benelux and even 66% in Britain. This figure reaches 70% loan in the United States.
Brokers will therefore still snatch market share to banks pocketing pass finder's fees and thereby reducing margins to bankers.
The temptation to control the upstream chain is always present. For this purpose, banks may acquire brokers. However, this strategy undermines the necessary independence of brokers and therefore generates a significant commercial risk (which could partly explain the current difficulties in the online broker). The alternative lies in the implementation of partnerships as do several networks developing funding in areas such as real estate agencies. Some banks even completely integrate the entire chain, from start to finish, offering new "space property" bringing together in one place all relevant interlocutors customers for their real estate projects. These "megastores estate" virtual or physical, may well be the response of banks to prevent erosion.