Catjones is spot on! Also keep in mind that the Realtor, since he is paid by the seller, works only for the seller. He may help the buyer with the purchase but his legal responsibility is only to the seller. The Realtor is like the Makler in Germany and will also take advantage of every "slight of hand" that he can so like the saying goes "Buyer Beware" When you are referred to an attorney, a title company, building inspector, etc by the Realtor you can count on him getting a "referral fee" from the company. I usually never used the Realtors recommendation without thoroughly checking it out myself first.