To clarify: agents, either listing or selling, do not get paid until the transaction closes, then that get a percentage of the sales price, minus whatever their brokerage's share is.
I would always suggest someone consult a buyer's agent. The buying agent always pays the seller so it shouldn't cost you anything. They can assist in the negotiation properties and represent you only.
Bart Gabe - Lending Nationwide Since 1987
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Terry Bell, Realtor
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