Hello Melanie - Some great answers here. Ultimately it will be in your best interest to make sure you are represented by a qualified buyer representative. Here is what being a buyers agent would mean for you: "BUYER'S AGENT
A buyer can engage the services of a real estate agent to purchase property and the real estate agent is then the agent for
the buyer who becomes the agent's client. This means that the real estate agent represents the buyer. The agent owes
the buyer undivided loyalty, reasonable care, disclosure, obedience to lawful instruction, confidentiality and accountability,
provided, however, that the agent must disclose known material defects in the real estate. The agent must put the buyer's
interests first and negotiate for the best price and terms for their client, the buyer. (The buyer may also authorize sub-
agents to represent him/her in purchasing property, however the buyer should be aware that wrongful action by the real
estate agent or sub-agents may subject the buyer to legal liability for those wrongful actions). "
The listing agent on a particular property represents the Seller and works for the Sellers best interests.
To answer the other part of your questions Realtors (capital R with the trademark) do indeed adhere to a Code of Ethics which governs professional behavior and conduct and goes above and beyond simple license law. I would look for a Realtor who is certified and has experience as a Buyer Representative. One way to check is to see if they have a certification as an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) or a CBR (Certified Buyer Representative). Also you may want to ask for some references from previous / current clients from anyone that you interview. Hope that helps you. All my best and good luck in your search.
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