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Who represents you when you are buying a house?

Not all agents who work with buyers actually represent the buyer. Keep these tips in mind:

1. Make sure that the agent you are working with has agreed, in writing, to represent you as a "Buyer's Agent." This will mean signing a buyer brokerage agreement in which you promise to work only with that particular agent for a specific period of time, often 90 days. It also means that you promise not to buy from anybody else, even home owners selling their own homes, without involving your buyer's agent. In almost every case, the commission will still come from the seller, but your agent must present the offer.

2. Never say anything to anybody unless you would be willing to have that information repeated into a seller's ear. Assume that everybody, is working for a seller unless you have specifically hired them to work for you.

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