What great advice from Arizona real estate agent Greg Swann! enjoy! - Steve Harless
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Advice to consumers: Start with the assumption that the nice person showing you around is not your ally. Ask up front how much the person would be compensated if you bought a place. If possible, sign a buyer-broker agreement before you start looking at houses. This guarantees that the agent is working solely for you. Specify in the agreement how much he or she will be paid, either as a percentage of the sales price or, best of all, in a flat fee, such as $5,000 or $10,000. Then, if you like a house that happens to have a bonus involved, your agent can ask to have the value of the bonus knocked off the price of the house.