Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage Group has added a third office in Wichita at the same time it marks its first year doing business here.
The mortgage division of the Tulsa-based bank earlier this month opened the office inside RE/MAX Realty Professionals’ west-side office at 10100 Maple, said Matt Wendling, BOK’s Wichita branch manager.
He said mortgage officer Tina Smith is staffing the office, which gives BOK a second location on the west side. The bank also has a mortgage office inside Realty World Wichita’s office at 8414 W. 13th St.
“There’s a lot of growth on the west side,” Wendling said. “With the three locations all in one year, that’s pretty good growth.”
Wendling said the advantage to BOK having a mortgage officer inside of a real estate firm is the access to agents showing homes to potential buyers.
“It’s actually a huge advantage,” he said. “It opens up a whole new sector of real estate agents.”
Wayne Short, owner of RE/MAX Realty Professionals, said inviting Smith and BOK to join his west-side office helps him to build a cadre of professionals who can assist in the home-buying process. He said he also has an official from Security First Title and an Allstate agent working out of the West 13th Street office.
“We’re trying to make it a full financial center … one-stop shopping” for the homebuyer, Short said.
Officials from Wells Fargo and BOK made presentations on basing a mortgage officer at the RE/MAX office, he said.
Short said he decided to go with BOK because he liked Smith and knows Wendling, who joined BOK from Bank of America Home Loans. Bank of America previously had a mortgage officer at the RE/MAX office. BOK also has the products and services his firm’s clients need, Short said.