Regarding making offers to see which seller would reduce his or her price the most, you never know what a seller will accept until you make the offer. So, I say, GO FOR IT!
So don't worry about wasting her time... that's what she's there for.. to tap into her expertise, and help you find a home that's priced right for you!
Also, your Buyer Agent can offer advice and strategies regarding price negotiation.
If you already know which properties you like, preparing an offer takes about 30 to 60 minutes and going over it with you can take between 30 and 90 minutes.
I'd be happy to have a consultation if you'd like.
Thanks & Good Luck, Richard
You need to look at market value and place your bids accordingly. Look for the best house you can get at the best price. If you get that you will be much happier in the long term than if you talk someone down a certain percentage.
As a buyer agent, I love buyers who have narrowed there choices to a small area like you have. I wouldn't think it would be a waste of time to work with you, and I think most agents probably feel the same way. Call me if you need an agent; I'd be more than glad to help you find the right house.