Have you thought of purchasing a property without a Realtor® in order to save fees?
Many people are unaware that the Seller pays all Realtor® fees, the Buyer, does not pay any.
When a Seller agrees to list their property with a Real Estate Agent, they agree to pay a % (of the selling price) to the Listing Brokerage if/when the home sells. A portion of that percentage goes to the Brokerage that brings the Buyer.
Some Buyers may think they can negotiate a better deal directly with the Sellers Realtor®, but this is far from the truth.
The Sellers Agent has a fiduciary duty to their client (the Seller) and not to you, the Buyer. No matter how friendly they seem, the Sellers Realtor® must have the Seller's interest in mind at all times, their goal is to get the best price for the home. Think about it, how can a Sellers Realtor® get the Seller the best price for their home, while giving you the best deal at the same time?
An excellent Realtor® will work hard for you, they will listen to your needs/wants, find properties that match your criteria, view properties with you, and educate you. Not only will they obtain the listing/selling data, run reports, research the property, and read minutes (if a strata), they will be your advocate every step of the way.
Be sure to find a Realtor® you can trust and feel comfortable with, after all, this may be one of your largest investments.