Buyer and agent work in tandem with each other. To try to divide the relationship is to say one's efforts are worth more than the other. A good (outstanding) agent will listen - review the buyers suggestions - and compliment the choices with alternatives.
The agent holds the "key" to clear passage; what's so dreaded about working with someone who knows the ropes and can do the mapping?
Anywho - to answer your question; personally I would not want to share fees and nope I wouldn't do it. (Had a chance and declined! - Didn't feel comfortable with the sales pitch)
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
My clients are usually very busy and don't have the time it takes to thoroughly research properties and rely on me to preview those that may fit their needs. However searching for the proeprty is just one part of the process. A local agent knows areas, schools, possible future developments and other items that may have an effect on the value of the home. An agent knows what is happening in the local market. As an example many areas in a city can see prices flat while a few special areas may see them moving upward or downward.
As to a rebate .. again it just depends on the buyer.. my clinets don't have time to do much of the work and appreciate the fact that I will sift through the inventory.. another buyer may want to do everything himself and receive a rebate.
I think that the best way for me personally is just to work with a Realtor. For both of us to work together and find properties that fit in our budget and with our needs and wants. There are going to properties that I find that my Realtor probably may not see on MLS yet and there are going to be a multitude of properties she can provide me before I even start searching online. I think it's useful that she send me a list of listings every week or every few days so I can filter through them first. Then decide which ones I'd want to see, and go view them with my Realtor.
This question was a great question! Made me think about what I would personally do in that type of situation, I've never sat down and thought about it before. Thumbs up!