From my point of view, your question has a two part answer. Your opening question - "Are Buyers agents in California really sellers agents?" Contractually speaking - when a buyer puts in an offer, the agent representing the buyer is actually referred to as the "Sellers agent" in the offer, while the agent representing the seller is referred to as the "Listing agent". Not sure why it is done that way..but it is.
As to the second part of the question, there are agents that will represent a Buyer or a Seller - sometimes both although representing both is not very common. By being willing to represent either a buyer or a seller, the agent is not restricting who they will work with. Some agents prefer to ONLY work with one or the other - which is where you get the "Exclusive Buyer's Agent". There is also an "Exclusive Sellers agent". Either agent has taken specific certification courses for that distinction. You are not going to see many "Exclusive" agents because most agents prefer to leave their options open although you may find that any one agent has more experience representing a Buyer or a Seller without having the title of "Exclusive".
If you are looking for an agent to represent you - as a Buyer - the title of "Exclusive Buyers Agent" - while to be commended - should not rule out other agents who may have just as much actual experience representing Buyers without the title.
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