If you are being represented by your own real estate agent, then you have a fiduciary . . . and I would suggest you talk with them about this question.
If you are NOT being represented and have your own fiduciary . . .are you using the listing agent in a DUAL AGENCY -- "Disclosed Limited Agent" as the State of Oregon defines "dual agency" -- capacity. Hmmmm, yeah . . . good luck with that!
I always wonder what people are they thinking going with the listing agent on their home purchaese. Do they realize the listing agent represents the sellers? And when they are in a "Disclosed Limited Agency" capacity, agents CAN NOT take one side over the other . . . 'cause that would be a conflict of interest. Is this why you're posting to Trulia?? You might not want to talk to the listing / dual agent. You don't want them to know you might be backing out??
Hmmmm . . . I think Mr. Anderson (the first response) has the right idea. We are licensed, and can not tell you or suggest to you, or consult with you on this topic. Sounds to me as if you are in a contract. I wouldn't touch this question with a ten foot pole . . .
I wish people would stop "playing" Realtor(r) and engage the services of their OWN real estate fiduciary, someone that can answer these questions. My suggestion: Have someone represent you WITHOUT conflicts of interests. Engage someone who will be able to negotiate on your behalf . . . a dual agent can not!
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Broker/Owner
EBA Portland, LLC
Exclusive Buyers' Agent
Assisting Buyers in Metro Portland since 1999