A buyer broker does not cost the buyer anything. Where you havent signed anything that agent is not working for you, they have to be fair and just but without you hiring them, there are things they can not do for you by law. A buyer can negotiate the buyer broker contract so that it does not cost you anything out of pocket as the buyert broker gets paid at closing through the fee offered by the listing agent in MLS. The buyer agents job is to look out for you and assist you through each step of the buying process. They can offer you comparables to know what the house you want is worth in todays market. They can then assist you in negotiating for it.
Good Luck with your purchase.
The skill of negotiating is much more than trading numbers. To make the numbers meaningful, it is critical to be able to back them up with current factual information that support your position.
If the information is not there to support your offer, you are obviously off base and should consider other options.
A skilled real estate professional has the ability to provide you with negotiation skills that will assist you in either understanding your offer is unreasonable or that it is very attainable.
Our advice is to have a serious meeting with the agent and lay it all out and then step back and let him/her do their job, remembering they only get paid when they satisfy both the needs of the buyer and seller.
The "Eckler Team"
Michael Saunders & Company
2008 Five Star Award for Outstanding Customer Service