You've just taken the first step in buying smart. There are many good, ethical real estate agents in the Yakima Valley. However, any time an agent or broker tries to represent both the buyer and seller in the same transaction, there is a potential conflict of interest. Think about it... it's impossible for the agent to help the buyer get the lowest price, and the seller get the highest price - it just can't be done!
Realizing that cooperation with other real estate professionals promotes the best interests of those who utilize their services, Realtors® urge exclusive representation of clients; etc...
Source: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ®
Effective January 1, 2008