It is legally allowed, but both sides have to be informed about the fact and agree to it, in Ilinois they have to do so in writing, often enough in the listing agreement it states that the seller agrees to the listing agent also to represent the buyer.
Personally I never do so when I am the listing agent I work on behalf and in the very BEST interest of the Seller, if I am a Buyers Agent, I am loyal and committed to my buyers and represent them....
The buyers have to understand that the listing agent has a written listing agreement with certain rules and terms signed, so there are certain things a listing agent when also working with the buyer can NOT do for the buyers..... It is best for all parties concerned to have both sides represented separately....
And you are right you are using the work ethical..... it is legal, and allowed, but the Realtor who is the
Listing agent and does also work for the buyer, needs to be very very careful and follow strict rules....
It looks like you are the seller, and your agent connected with an interested buyer which happens often, and if the buyer walks into an open house, without their own Realtor, that is when a situation like that most often arises... Both sides Buyers and Sellers though should be aware of that fact
and what that agent then can or cannot do for the buyers.
I hope this helps, I am not 100 % sure about the law in California, but your listing agent, or his or her
managing broker of the brokerage office certainly will be able to answer your question and explain it
to you, in case you are uncomfortable with the fact.
Good Luck to you
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