When buying a home, it is generally recommended that you work with your own real estate representative (buyer's agent) rather than using the listing realtor. Here are a few reasons why:
Representation: The listing realtor represents the seller and has a legal obligation to act in their best interests. By working with your own buyer's agent, you can have someone in your corner who is solely focused on representing your interests.
Expertise: A good buyer's agent can provide valuable expertise and guidance throughout the homebuying process, from helping you narrow down your search to negotiating the best price and terms for your purchase. They can also provide you with access to a wider range of properties and may have knowledge of off-market listings or upcoming listings.
Negotiation: With your own buyer's agent, you have someone who is solely focused on negotiating the best possible terms for your purchase. This can be especially important in competitive real estate markets where bidding wars and multiple offers are common.
Cost: In most cases, the cost of hiring a buyer's agent is paid by the seller's rokerage, meaning that you can get representation at no additional cost to you.
While it is possible to work with the listing realtor, it is important to remember that they are representing the seller and may not have your best interests in mind. By working with your own buyer's agent, who is no out of pocket cost to you, you can ensure that you have someone in your corner who is solely focused on representing your interests and helping you find the right home at the right price.