Here’s the skinny. If you go straight to the Listing Agent, will you get a good deal? Perhaps, but keep in mind, that Agent is working for the Seller and is obligated to get the Seller the best deal. Who is dealing on your behalf? Now, one would say that two Agents muddy the water. This could be true, but when dealing with older properties, wouldn’t you like a Buyers Agent to represent you? It is not like buying a new home where you have a one year full guarantee and all the warranties that continue from there. When dealing with older properties, you should have a pest inspection as well as a home inspection and a survey. These items can become a matter of negotiation. Who will negotiate for you?