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Welcome to your constantly updated resource for news and views on the Brookline Real Estate market. Here you will find commentary and statistics to explain the daily changes in the Brookline specific housing market.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Can I buy without my Buyer's Agent?

The following question gets posed very frequently:

"Can I buy a home I saw without using the agent who showed it to me?"

The answer is (consult an attorney in specific cases) you are free to buy a place you want, but that agent very likely has a right to the "co-broke" commission either way.

So, my question is: What do buyers gain by not having their own representation?

Why is it that buyers frequently decide to go it alone? I've heard all of the snippy "the agent is only in it for the maximum commission dollar" arguments, but let's get serious here. What is there to gain by not having any representation? I'm asking here, not stating opinion. I think many "experienced" agents who gained their experience before Buyer Agency really came into its own are still adapting to it and I want to hear from you where you think agents aren't serving the buyer.


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