Traditionally real estate agents represent the sellers in a transaction.
- If you go to an open house, that agent represents the seller.
- If you call the agent from their online marketing, that agent represents the seller
- If you call the agent on the sign and have them show you the house, that agent represents the seller. When you are not working with a buyer's agent, they are less likely to negotiate the best price or contingencies for you.
It is possible for that agent to be a dual agent (if you and seller both agree). In such cases they represent both you and the seller in "ministerial acts only" and cannot give you as much advice.
The best option for you is when you have your own agent who represents only you. This would be a BUYER"S AGENT. A buyer's agent's job and fiduciary responsibility (meaning legal duty) is to you, the buyer.
Your agent gets paid from the sale of real estate from the seller. Since it doesn't cost you any more, why not find your own agent who knows exactly what you are looking for and can represent you and negotiate the best deal for you.