You do not need a real estate agent if you are comfortable buying and selling real estate and negotiating terms on your own.
You may be able to hire a buyer’s broker to represent you, but unless the property is listed with an agent willing to split his or her fee, you will have to pay your broker.
Fees vary, so be sure you have a clear understanding of what you might owe, and under what circumstances.
You might be liable if the broker finds exactly what you are looking for and you then decide not to purchase. A buyer’s broker must have a written contract with you, so be sure to read all of its terms before signing.
For postforeclosure properties, you can hire a buyer’s broker or you can work with any other real estate agent.