I've referred more than one bank so the client can choose. Typically, I've worked with the people I've referred and find them knowledgeable and they keep in contact with the process of the transaction from accepted offer to closing. Our agents do not get any kick back or commission what so ever. When you're in this industry, you get to know how some of them work and you can tell who knows what their doing and who doesn't so we're trying to send you to someone who we think will help you.
Steady State, I'm sure you saw that I quoted Enid Metro Association of Realtors, which is a credible source. http://www.enidrealtors.com/index.htmlFeel free to visit their website, there is more information than I provided from earlier. Jvhendricks, you can check for yourself so that Steady State doesn't try and use scare tactics to confuse you.Have a great day! :)
Hands down, hiring a realtor is in your best interest. "Homes that sold with the help of a realtor in 2006 sold on average for 32% more than for sale by owner sales" (Enid Metro Association of Realtors). With a realtor charging 6% that leaves plenty of profit in your pocket. Do keep in mind that the lower the agent percent is NOT always the best. The best lawyers and doctors are not cheap, therefore you pay for the service you get. If there's anything I can help you with please feel free to call and I can assist you in finding a qualified realtor.
It is in your best interest to use a realtor when making an important investment such as your home. Your realtor is truly the expert on the local market trends and is the best person to advise you on the true value of a home that is for sale by owner. To answer your question, as everyone has, no you are not obligated to your realtor if she/he has not shown you a particular home that you are interested in.
Enid home values and sales have dodged the national trends. It's good to be in Enid! "Since 2002, the average sales price of an existing home in Enid has risen by an average of 6.48 percent per year. The average sales price for an existing home in Enid in 2007 reflects almost a 37 percent increase from the 2002 average sales price for an existing home of $76,122" (Enid Metro Association of Realtors).