Buyers can catch a break on Realtor commissions if both sides are using the same agent.
The biggest advantage may not be saving money, but the possibility of having a leg up on other buyers by having the seller’s agent know what the other offers are and helping you make the best offer.
Is it better to use listing agent?
Typically, buyers who choose to work with the listing agent say they do so because they think they’re getting a better deal. “Remember that the listing agent is interested in getting a deal done, and the higher the purchase price, the bigger the commission to the agent.”
Do I have to use the Realtor that showed me the house?
Agents do not work for free. You might ask, “Isn’t that the job—to show their listings?” Yes, an agent is obligated to show client’s homes, but if you are working with another agent, typically your agent will show you the home.
Is it ethical for a Realtor to represent buyer and seller?
When working with a seller’s agent can go wrong for a buyer
The biggest issue with dual agency is that having the same person represent both sides can be seen as an ethical dilemma. “If a listing agent has already established a relationship with the seller, they may want to settle with a higher price,” says Minkiewicz.
Should I use the same Realtor to buy and sell a house?
It’s not out of the question for an agent to specialize only in listing homes for sale, while another might work strictly with homebuyers. Most real estate agents handle about an equal number of buyers and sellers, however, so using the same professional in both roles is possible.