Dual agency occurs when the listing agent selling a home also serves as the buyer's agent. In most cases, it's not a good idea for one agent to represent both parties in a real estate transaction. The listing agent's job is to sell a home at the highest price; the buyer's agent aims to negotiate the lowest price for his buyers. In this case, the agent and his client's interests aren't aligned. Some buyers feel that a dual agent will be more motivated to write an offer on his own listing since he'll get double the commission from both sides of the deal. This could be a possibility, but chances are the buyers won't get the home for the best price when working with the listing agent.

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