Last month I spoke about the advantages of having an independent agent represent you as a buyer, rather than going directly to the seller's agent. I encountered first hand buyers calling me directly thinking that they could some how "get a better deal" if they had me represent them and write the offer on their behalf. The bottom line is that a buyer doesn't have an advantage working with the seller's agent. They are actually at a disadvantage because they do not have someone they trust looking out for their best interst.
A good buyer's agent will:
1) Educate his client on the ever changing Vancouver Market
2) Save you time by only showing you homes that fit your needs
3) Help you find the best value by performing market analysis on chosen properties
4) Be committed to you and coordinate all aspects of the sale and closing
A buyer's agent should be willing to put this in writing through the use of an Exclusive Buyer's Agency Agreement. For more information on what to expect from your buyer's agent please visit this page of my website.