Originally Posted by Oshawapilot
Use your own realtor then. Here at least, you're not obligated to use the sellers realtor on your side of the transaction - you can get your own and they split the commission, and you can rest assured that YOUR realtor has your best interests at heart, not the sellers.
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You can certainly use your own realtor, and your realtor is obligated to operate in your best interests as your agent, but in general this only goes so far. For example, if you have a question about the seller's disclosures or that empty property next door to the property you are interested in, your realtor will relay your questions to the seller and give you the responses. They have no obligation to verify any of the information. Just like you hire an inspector to independently evaluate the house, it is your responsibility to check on zoning, planned development, etc that may be very important to your decision. It could be that someone is planning to put a lead battery recycling business in that empty lot next door...