Liz the buyer, I concur with Liz the agent! It's a good idea for you to have a buyer's agent.
I've posted about this many times. Many buyers don't want to be bothered, so they don't seek out any help. Remember, this is potentially the largest purchase of your life!!! You should not be trying to navigate this transaction by yourself. Chances are, the seller has an agent working on their behalf, and since it will cost little or NO money out of your pocket, why not have a licensed, educated professional working on your behalf, too!! The seller's agent is NOT there to get you a deal, they're there to get the best price and terms for the SELLER!
Nothing against sellers, but buyers need to know that agents are there for them now, too.
We are all super sorry! Your question should be the main topic of discussion here and I feel like I am responsible for the hijacking. My intention was not simply to vent about Trulia. I re-posted with my "agent vs home buyer" issue as it's required by MN law for me to disclose this information and I take both ethics and legal matters seriously, keeping current with the changes on a weekly basis, so that I can protect my clients in all transactions.
Again, sorry for all of us complaining on your thread, at least your question was answered in the first response!
Coldwell Banker Burnet
licensed MN Real Estate Broker
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