That real estate agent doesn’t work for YOU, but for the seller.

So true. It’s kind of like the non-fiduciary investment advisors — they’re not really on your side, even though we sort of assume that they are. Honestly, it’s another of those professions that is either over-compensated or under-regulated. But it’s harder to avoid than an investment advisor because people don’t often have the opportunity to practice buying and selling houses.