Can a listing agent represent the buyer too?
Can a real estate agent represent both the buyer and the seller? Yes. But there are a few things you’ll want to think through before going this route.
When you hire an agent to work just one side of the transaction, you get a “fiduciary relationship.” What this means is your agent has an obligation to support your best interests in good faith. Translation: Your agent is looking out for you and you alone.
When you work with an agent on both sides of the transaction, you forego this benefit. Called “dual agency,” the agent represents both the buyer and the seller. He or she is supposed to remain neutral to both parties, but sometimes buyers and sellers are left to hash out the details of the sale without much agent guidance.
While it may work in special circumstances, the most common arrangement is for each party to have their own agent.
At the end of the day, whether you're buying or selling, you want to walk away knowing you received the FULL advantage of working with a professional and knowledgeable agent.