Buying a For Sale By Owner home
The #1 reason a homeowner tries to sell their home without a real estate agent is because they don't want to pay the agent's commission. That's understandable since commissions often total 5% to 6% of the final price.
If you (the buyer) would like to have your own agent, you're allowed to do so. The fee likely runs 2% to 3% of the purchase price and is paid when the transaction closes. A small portion of the fee may be required upfront and non-refundable.
Once hired, your real estate agent should do these 5 things for you: