Absent a written buyer’s brokerage agreement with you, an agent will either be a completely neutral party or will represent the seller as an additional broker.
Make sure you understand this concept and ask the agent or broker whom they represent.
A neutral broker, sometimes called a transaction broker, must keep all your information confidential. A seller’s agent must disclose all your information to the seller, even if you thought what you told him or her was supposed to be confidential.
If you said, “Offer $89,000, but I’d be willing to go up to $110,000 if they play hard ball,” then the person working with you, but acting as an additional seller’s agent, would have to disclose all of that to the seller.
Guess what the seller’s counteroffer would be under those circumstances?