Seller's Agent--This is just as you would expect and this agent works for the seller. He is the agent who listed the house.
If you ask this agent if he thinks the owner would accept a lower offer, what will his answer be? It will be a resounding "no" unless the seller told him he could say "yes." He works for the seller! And you are the buyer.
Where do you get advice? Who can help you figure out what to do and when to do it? Who can tell you to keep your mouth shut about how much money you make? Who will remind you to get a home inspection? Who will point out the hole in the roof that you didn't notice because you love love love that pool in the backyard? A BUYER"S agent! That's who!
The listing agent cannot be a buyer's agent. You cannot become his client. BUT, and this is where it gets tricky, you can become his customer. If you know what you are doing, and you know what to ask, the seller's agent can assist you in making an offer on the house. But, you darn well better know what you are doing.
The listing agent will not offer to run comparable sales for you. You need to ask him for those. The listing agent will not tell you to get a septic and well inspection, you have to know enough to ask for those.
So...with that in mind, maybe the best thing you can do is find yourself your own buyer's agent.
That's where I come in (IF we are NOT standing in my listing).
I'm going to take really good care of you.....hang in there with me.