You don't need an agent to buy a home. I bought my first home without one and sold it with one. I just bought a new home without one.
Also, both my homes I bought from the owner NO broker. I sold my home directly to a buyer. I know a bunch of agents in Portland some are good (as a person) but I tell them "go find a really job" Don't wait for a hardworking citizen to pay your commission. Don't listen to this bs "the seller is the one paying the commission" No body gets paid if the deal don't close. And the deal don't close without a buyer period.
There's a lot of resources nower days. Internet.....Internet... Internet. Just do your research.