Hi There! In our area, generally speaking the seller pays the seller's agent a commission and from that, the seller's agent pays a buyer agent.
Now, every agent is free to set their own fees, and those fees are always negotiable between the agent and a client. When I represent a buyer, I never charge an additional up-front fee!
So please keep in mind that it is ALWAYS a good idea to work with a buyers agent, so that you have an expert looking out for you. Given that the seller is paying the total commission, there really isn't a downside to seeking and hiring a buyer agent to take care of your needs.
If I can ever help you, please don't hesitate to call!