When buying a property, it is generally advisable for the buyer to work with their own buyer’s agent or commonly known as selling agent rather than the listing agent. Here are some reasons why:
1. **Representation:** The listing agent represents the seller’s interests. Their primary duty is to get the best deal for the seller. If you work with the listing agent, you may not receive the same level of advocacy and representation as you would from your own agent.
2. **Conflict of Interest:** Listing agents have a fiduciary duty to the seller. If you work with the same agent, there may be a conflict of interest because the agent’s loyalty and obligations are divided between you as the buyer and the seller. Of course all agents follow code of ethics and bound by fiduciary responsibility to both buyers and sellers equally.
3. **Negotiation:** A buyer’s agent is experienced in negotiating on behalf of buyers. They can help you get the best deal, navigate complex negotiations, and advise you on the appropriate price to offer. Listing agents may not prioritize your interests in the same way.
4. **Access to Listings:** A buyer’s agent can help you find properties that match your criteria, even if they are not listed publicly. They have access to multiple listing services (MLS) and can provide you with a broader range of options. They can preview properties on your behalf and minimize wasted time and effort by proactively working on your behalf towards a common goal
5. **Market Knowledge:** A buyer’s agent can offer valuable insights about the local real estate market, recent sales, and property values, all of which can be instrumental in helping you make well-informed decisions. In a volatile or changing market, these efforts become even more immensely helpful.
6. **Expertise:** Even though most agents are specialized to work with both buyers and sellers, when working with a buyer’s agent, you can benefit from their focused attention on your needs as a buyer. This allows you to take advantage of an agent’s expertise in the specific aspects of the real estate transaction that are relevant to you.
7. **Confidentiality:** When working with a buyer’s agent, you can discuss your financial situation, motivations, and negotiation strategies confidentially. This information is less likely to be shared with the seller when you have your own representation.
8. **Less Emotional Attachment:** A buyer’s agent can provide a more objective perspective, helping you make decisions based on your needs and the market rather than being emotionally invested in a particular property.
While it’s generally recommended to work with your own buyer’s agent, there may be situations where you choose to work directly with a listing agent. However, if you do so, be aware of the potential conflicts and make sure you fully understand the agent’s role and responsibilities in the transaction.