Is buyer's agent necessary?I am a first time home buyer and do not fully understand the benefit of using buyer's agent. Buyer's agent does not have any economic incentive to benefit buyers since the commission is paid by the seller (while the contract between a buyer and his buyer's agent bind them to some extend). It seems their only incentive is selling a home with the highest price and least complicated situation regardless of the value.The condition and value of homes are investigated by an appraiser and an inspector, so there is little room for agents to chip in the issue.I understand the buyers agent may arrange multiple showings within a dayand it may be convenient for buyers. However, there is also a disadvantagethat arrangement takes more time and it seems more crucial to make a gooddeal. On the other hand, if a buyer directly contacts the seller's agent, the seller has a huge incentive to sell a home to the "direct" buyer over the other buyers with buyers agents, since he/she can get all commission. Hence, sellers agent has more motivation to provide useful information to "direct" buyers. I heard a claim that buyers agent can "feel out" sellers agents, but I doubt this because of this reason. So in my understanding, benefits to use a buyers agent are that buyers can:1) access to the updated MLS information restricted by NAR, and2) get some advices and remarks from buyers agent due to agent's legal responsibility rather than their incentives.Do you have any logical comments and/or objections on the above statements?Any input is welcome since I do not know this issue well.ThanksMarch 23 2010 - US11YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.