If you are a first time home Buyer, I would definitely get another agent to help you (so you have your own representation) - there is a lot to understand when you buy a home and if this is the first time, you may wonder if the agent really told you everything you needed to know - another agent may also know about other properties that fit your needs a little better. An agent helping both the Buyer and Seller is legal in many states (maybe all) but in my humble opinion, it probably makes sense only when both the Buyer and Seller have sold a few homes previously and both are more knowledgeable about the process. Good luck with your search - with the larger inventory and low interest rates, it is a great time to buy a home!
As agents often the buyers have called several different listing agents to see homes they list. Buyers don't seem to want to work with only one agent, when in fact if they did find one agent they like and it so happened that agent was a certified buyer's representative "CBR". You would be in a good position. You can work with that agent exclusively to find you a condo you will be happy with and will be able to show you other comps so you will feel good your not paying too much over fair market value.
You did look at the unit with that agent so he/she may feel somewhat uncomfortable about not being able to collect a commission on both side of the purchase. You do have a right to be represented for your benefit. You should be able to feel confident about your purchase.
So what do you do?
You can make a list of the concerns you have, bring those to the listing agent to address. The broker of the agent might be able to make you feel at ease with those concerns. Another agent in that office may be a â€œCBRâ€ so the sale will still take place in house. Or you may just feel like you have to get someone not in the same office. The choice is yours.
If you are purchasing the condo for your home, it is worth the value you place on it for yourself. Make an offer of what you would be willing to pay...you are not buying a car...you are purchasing a home.