This question by you in minutes behind your last one of "am interested in contacting the listing agent on a home" are similar in scope. I'll pose some food for thought for you this way:
- A Seller's Agent owes 100% fiduciary responsibility to his selling client.
- Yes, sometimes someone (like you) comes along and requests the selling agent also represent them. Complete fiducialry responsibility is owed them as well.
- With written consent by both parties, an agent is certainly allowed to be on both sides of the transaction. Colleagues here have mentioned Dual Agency and hopefully you understand it well.
- Your thought process perhaps may be on saving a percent or so if you use the same agent the seller is using. That should not be the driving force.
- While that is perhaps possible, the Dual Agent is then put into a position of doing the best they can for both the Seller and the Buyer.
- Personally, I like to step away from a dual side by asking a co-agent to step into my shoes to represent one side in order to maximize the benefit to both parties. But, we all operate in different fashions. You have to do what is comfortable.
I'll sum up my own read on all this with:
... a very good agent, particularly with savvy negotiation skills, can help a client on the sales side of their home by as much as gaining 10% more than an average agent, and on the purchase of a home in saving them as much as 10% more than working with an average agent.
You've certainly heard all the benefits here by my good colleagues in what a Buyer's Agent will do for you.
Interview a couple and choose someone. You picked out the special house you love. Now pick out an agent, other than the Seller's Agent, who will roll up their sleeves for you and work extremely hard to negotiate the best transaction for you and see you through the myriad of issues that also need to be done to consumate the buy for you.
I'll throw my hat in the ring, but also venture out in a Macy's kind of way and say others here answering your several questions are quite good, and a special recommendation for considering Britt. (I'm sure she'll return the favor some day of my passing on some accolades back my way. Won't ya?) Ha!
Good luck. I would be great if you came back after you have a completed deal and let us know the outcome of what you purchased, who you used, and why the choice.