With all the information a buyer can find online, the buyer is so empowered that they don't believe they need a real estate agent. This could not be any further from the truth. I can't tell you how many buyers I get calls from on our properties that want to deal directly with the real estate agent that is listing the property. Somehow they believe they will get a deal on the property by going directly to the listing agent. Well, unless the listing agent defaults to a facilitator (meaning neither the buyer or seller are represented), she represents the seller. Now you have an agent that knows all the ins and outs of contract negotiation working in the best interest of the seller. Whether you are a buyer or seller, you should be represented or have no representation at all. Otherwise, the buyer is at a distinct disadvantage. Don't let that be you. Make sure you are represented by an agent or have the agent default to a facilitator if one party doesn't have an agent. This levels the playing field for both the buyer and seller and makes for a smoother transaction.