Talking numbers. To put things in perspective. Taking 2.5% commission (one side) as example. Every $10,000 I negotiated for you, I am only losing 250 on commission. However, if you love the house I found and the price I negotiated for you and start referring clients to me and decide to use me again later, guess how much more commission I can receive - a lot more than the $250 I might lose.
So, yes, it's to my best interest to negotiate a best deal for you, for personal pride, relationship building, and future business growth. Looking for a short term gain is never my priority!
You are missing the point.
Business in America is done "by referral". Either you earn referrals or you can pay for referrals.
For most of us on Trulia real estate is not job, it is a passion. We know, most of us, that left to chance, most people in real estate transactions will not "do as well" as if they have us as advocates.
There are many transactions that we affect that save buyers thousands of dollars...but they will never be on the evening news. I am puzzled.
If you are serious about buying a home, I will provide you with a REaltor whom you can interview, no obligation, and see if they can articulate the value of a great buyer's agent.