Look for an exclusive buyer agent, if possible, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.
Always remember that a real estate broker does not work for you, but for the seller. If you want an agent on your side, contract with a buyer’s agent.
– Reader's Digest
Buyer's Agents work only for consumers and can save them money - and they don't cost more to hire.
– Los Angeles Times
Many people don't realize that, unless specifically stated otherwise, brokers are legal representatives of sellers. A buyer's broker, representing only the buyer, may be able to secure a better price and better terms.
– Good Housekeeping
If you ever doubted the value of real estate agents who work solely for home buyers (as opposed to traditional agents who report to sellers), consider this: A recent study by U.S. Sprint found that 232 relocating Sprint employees who hired buyer's brokers paid an average of 91% of a home's list price. People who use traditional agents typically pay about 96%.
– Money Magazine, "House Hunting? Save By Hiring Your Own Agent", By Carla A. Fried