So Gary.. what did you do?
"It is good, solid protection to provide you with advises, opinion and guidance along the buying process.
The agent can assist you in:
providing community information
analysis of the offer you wish to make
analysis of the asking price of the seller
connect you other needed professionals in the transaction such as mortgage, inspectors, title companies and warrenty firms to name a few
And the Listing agent can do all of these for you also..
** Note that all of the above would be public knowledge.. Including the listing agent doing a CMA for the buyer as this would use public records, same as any other "solid protection" agent, the mortgage, the inspectors, the title company.. These are not just available to every other agent other than the listing agent.. AND since we are all buyers, sellers and dual agents until we make the distinction, if you decide to look at another house.. The listing agent is then the buyerâ€™s agent..
O.k.. the point is this.. go to whom you feel comfortable with and YES, that can be the listing agent. Whatever you need to really know will come out in a home inspection. There is nothing anyone is going to do different to get that house cheaper from the seller.