Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty, Ltd
Now, that said, it is still in each side's best interest to have a good agent working exclusively for them and acting as their Fiduciary...looking out for ONLY their BEST interest.
Can you be 100% equal in everything you do with two people? While the laws in various states permit what is called "dual agency" I consider it impossible. If I have a previous relationship with my listing client and I knew all their secrets would I trust myself to not reveal something I shouldn't to another client I have an obligation to keep confidences too?
I will sell my own listings and have several times, but I only represent on side in the transaction. The buyer's know this going in and sign paperwork accepting these terms or they find another agent to represent them.
Wherein dual agency is allowed, the agent has to disclose dual agency to both the buyers and the sellers and should have their consent in writing.
However, it is always best to be represented solely by your own agent because, as most professionals here mentioned, it is almost impossible to perform the fiduciary duties to the client 100 percent if the agent is representing both sides.