Does my real estate agent work for me?

Updated March 13, 2023.

In most cases, all the real estate agents (both the real estate agent who lists the house for sale and the real estate agent who brings the buyer to the house) are paid a commission for their services by the seller. As such, all the real estate agents in such cases are all legally considered to be working for the seller. This doesn’t mean that a real estate agent who works with a buyer to find a suitable home isn’t helpful or trustworthy—only that their ultimate responsibility is to the seller. A buyer who wants a real estate agent to work for them–and not for the seller–may enter into a specific agreement with the real estate agent to work exclusively for them as a buyer’s agent, and pay them for their services.


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