It's a HUGE conflict of interest. The buyer assumes all the risk in the transaction; it's imperative that you have your own representation.
When you want to buy a home the best place to start is to hire an EXCLUSIVE Buyer Agent, not just a Buyer's Agent. EBAs only work with homebuyers and there is never a conflict of interest that will jeopardize your negotiating position. I can refer you to an EBA in your area, if you like.
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Generally the seller pays the transfer tax in this area. The exception you run into sometimes are bank foreclosures and new construction. Many builders require the buyer pay the transfer tax. There are even some builders who are now trying to place a transfer fee to the builder right in the deed should you sell in the future. The way they are trying to write it, it would affect all sales of a specific property for the next 99 years.
FYI, a number of replies stated the transfer tax is $4 per $1,000, which is mostly accurate. Actually, it is done in $500 increments and is $2 per $500. Sid made a good point that some cities also charge a transfer tax.
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