Is it too late to involve a buyer agent?My wife and I stopped by some townhouses that are partially complete. The builder is waiting for commitments from buyers before they furnish the places according to the buyer's preferences. At the time we visited the open house, we were just looking to do some research, since we are still saving up for a down payment (plus additional for moving expenses/misc). We estimate we are about 3-4 months away before we are comfortable. After hearing this, the agent at the open house offered that we could negotiate pricing and upgrades now, "lock in" the price, and settle when we are ready. So, she explained, we would sign a paper, and give a $1000 refundable deposit to hold the property. Within 15 days, we would decide the furnishings/upgrades and price, then sign an agreement to purchase within an agreed upon time frame, while they hold the $1000 to count towards the down payment. We have not signed anything. Since the agent at the open house spoke pricing with me, would it be poor etiquette for me to involve a buyer's agent to help negotiate pricing and upgrades? March 09 2011 - Reading0YesReport 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.