Your concerns are real.......consider presenting your concerns to the agent/broker. If their prorities are right, they should be able to somehow assure you that your interests will be protected and you will be treated fairly.
Or, you can have an attorney to represent your interests without any commission implications.
As Troy mentioned in his response, I encourage all buyers to work with their own agent under a Buyer Agency agreement. This contractually obligates the agent to work on your behalf and to look out for your best interests. From that point on, even if you were working under a buyer contract with this agent, then it would come down to the integrity and ethics of the agent to abide by the rules governing this contractual relationship. If you still feel uncomfortable with the two agents being friends, you can always request another agent to represent you. In addition, there may be procuring cause issues that the agents may have to work out. At the end of the day, all REALTORS work under a code of ethics to provide you service, but at the same time, you are also entitled to have someone you trust working on your behalf.
Hope that helps a little,
Keller Williams Realty - Elm Grove
If the broker assigned a designated agency for you, that agent will owe you the fiduciary duties, not to the seller.
And in case you still feel uncomfortable with this, you can find another agent who is not working for the same company. That is your right and privilege. However, make sure that you have not signed representation agreement or any document equivalent to "notice to unrepresented buyer" form here in Connecticut to avoid procuring cause dispute.
You should also talk to the agent who is working for you first to express you concern and to hopefully ease it.
If you sign a buyer agreement with the agent they are contractually obligated to represent you and your best interests, not the sellers.
If you feel uncomfortable with the relationship between that agent and the sellers you can sign a buyer agency agreement with any agent. If you've already seen the home with that agent there may be procuring cause issues but that will be for the agents to work out and not your concern.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.
Troy Miller, ABR, RNG
TOTAL Realty LLC