I would definitely get a buyers agent. You will be dealing with an agent who is selling his/her own house and his loyalty will, by far, to hmself and I won't blame him for wanting that. He will not be watching out for your best interest when he is trying to negotiate for best terms and conditions for his house.
Get a Reator will help you- the seller pays commission to the buyers agent, not you. This will be a win, win situation.
If you feel you need to negotiate, how are you going to do that through the agent/seller?
It helps me just as much as it helps you - I would have to bend over backwards just to make sure I didn't slight you - it's much better to have someone in the know counsel and guide you.
Much luck on a successful transaction!
Should you get a Buyers Agent? - ABSOLUTELY - WHY? - Because the seller (agent owned or NOT) does not and cannot represent you via this fiduciary protection.
A Buyers Agent gets paid by the seller (or negotiated by them with seller and buyer possible participation) and you GET REPRESENTED - so YOUR interests are covered by that Buyers Agent - Get one!...Hope this helps...
I would only recommend this if you are 99.99% certain about what you are buying and also confident that having an agent would not help you get a better price.
I have done this myself.
A sellers agent is required to look out for the best interest of the seller (highest sales price, etc..)
A buyers agent must look out for your best interest (best price, terms, etc... for you)
1) Price of property
2) Comparables that sold in the last 6 months.
3) Deficiences in the property
4) What is your lifestyle and how does this fit in to this house
Take the answers to these pointers to a possible buyers agent. If the person listens to your answers, then you may have the agent to help you.