No! This is the biggest mistake buyers make. They think they will get a better deal by going directly to the listing agent. This is how it works. Say the real estate commission is 8 apples, and the listing agent is willing to split that commission with a buyer's agent, so each will get 4 apples.
In a variable commission arrangement, the listing agent might have a side deal with the seller or make a side deal upon offer presentation. This deal might be if the listing agent happens to also represent the buyer, the listing agent might reduce the commission from 8 apples to 6 apples. Which would save the seller 2 apples.
First, realize the seller will eat those two apples and will not give them to the you. But if the buyer has reduced the sales price by, say, 2 apples, the seller will break even. Some people believe the listing agent has more incentive to push through an offer when the agent represents both parties in a dual agenty capacity. Bear in mind that behavior is unethical. If it's true, do you want to work with unethical agent? Moreover, tell me please, how a listing agent can have a buyer's best interest at heart while representing the seller?
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