The problem is they have a contractual obligation with the seller to get the highest price possible for their client. If you went with your own agent they could have potentially negotiated a lower price or other concessions that you may not get by simply just asking the listing agent to reduce their commission.
There are no guarantees either way. Find someone you trust that is honest and go with them weather they are the listing agent or not.
Good luck on your search for your Home!
Yes since Agent you hire is not representing the seller they are on your side.You will be in better place to negotiate the price and terms since you have your own agent. Think about this way you would not go to court and have the attorney represent you and the other party.
Neil Singerman DRE 01097970
Keller WIlliams Realty L.A. Westside