Kathy, as a buyer that would be unwise. Look at all of the responses that say you should get your own agent. Let me be very clear: the seller's agent is NEVER looking out for YOUR best interest. I know Shane was only presenting options. I'm just trying to be clear what you best option actually is.
It is always useful to have a buyer's agent help you with a transaction. However many buyers are going directly to the listing agents in the market today to skip over the middle person. However the listing agent still has to provide you with a CMA of similar homes in the area and can still point out flaws for the home. Where it becomes difficult is negotiating the contract. They can't tell you what a seller would accept or give you advice on what to offer because they are considered a dual agent.
So you can ask that listing agent if you would be able to choose a selling agent to work with you and not them. They still want to sell the home. As long as you are upfront with them, they will appreciate that and should not have a problem. If it does not work with that house you may want to hire an agent that will send you homes listed for sale with your perameters to avoid this.
I will give you a list of my past customers to check me out, please give me a call to see if we would be a good match in working together. Ken Woods 330-777-0075.
Hire an agent, pull the comps and right the offer before the home you like is bought by someone else. Good Luck and thanks for your question!
If you'd decided that you wanted to use that agent to write an offer on the house, you'd be within your rights. It's possible that the agent sitting the open house isn't the listing agent. And if you liked him, you could use him.
If you'd prefer, you are also within your rights to hire a different buyer's agent. If you've found a different agent (often at a different open house) that you've liked... you can call them, tell them this story, and have they help you purchase this home.
You have options. Good luck.
Follow your intuition and call an agent to represent you.
Lesa's and Ken's phone number are easy to find.
Don't use the 'contact' button.
Don't rely on Trulia email.
If you are serious and the clock is ticking, go old school and call.