A real estate transaction is a complex process involving stacks of paperwork and a number of outside service providers and contractors. An experienced buyer's agent can guide you through the process, answering your questions and serving as your advocate. Your agent will help you find the property that fits your needs, submit offers and counteroffers, suggest a good property inspector and other professionals, and provide all sorts of relevant advice. With a buyer's agent, you'll have someone on your side, looking out for your interests every step of the way.
You may choose not to sign a buyer's agent agreement, but understand that legally the services available to you are not the same. An agent who is not your buyer's agent cannot advise you or negotiate for you, but can simply facilitate the process and transaction by showing you property, and providing you information to draw your own conclusions, and then prepare paperwork.
In most cases the seller is paying the commission, which is already agreed to when property was listed. Here is a short video that explains 5 Reasons to Sign A Buyer's Representation Agreement:
Tia Stanley is an Accredited Buyer's Representative or ABR
OK. What does that mean to me? Let fellow ABR Terry Watson tell you in this short video: