But I think the real question you have is number two. "How do I know that MY agent is not . . . ?" It seems that you no longer trust your agent, or that he is looking out for you. ( I assume you actually did sign a brokerage agreement with the agent, and he IS representing you?) This implies a lack of trust with the agent. Without that trust, it will be hard for you to trust your agent, and give him/her the information needed to do the job.
SO, what can you do? Every agent works for a real estate Broker, ( in fact, your agreement is actually with the Broker, not the agent. The agent is simply the interface). If you are unhappy with the service that you are receiving from your agent, call the broker and speak to him/her. Request a meeting in person. Explain your concerns and listen carefully to the explanation. Ask questions until you are satisfied with the answers. If you feel that you are NOT being represented well by the agent, you might ask the broker to assign a different agent to you.
The banks don't always have the most knowledgable people working their reo cases and do not always handling them in the most efficent manner. Sometimes the agents handling the reo's have too may listings and just work what appears to be a good deal. Get a good buyers agent that understands the process and can pose the right questions and try to get you the right answers.
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