My company doesn't require the buyer to sign a restrictive buyer's rep agreement; many do. The terms of the agreement are negotiable. You can keep the term short if you like (and the agent agrees) so you have time to decide if you like her. Be sure you understand the terms of the 'out clause' so that you can fire her if necessary. Your best best would be to hire an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, not a regular buyer's agent. EBAs represent homebuyers only so there is no conflict of interest to jeopardize your negotiating position. Visit http://naeba.org for a referral.
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