After taking Real Estate classes I've learned it is far better to use a realtor because they do all the paperwork for you and that can be a major headache. But if you want to do it yourself you will have to hire an attorney who specializes in Real Estate to write up the contracts and make sure the transaction is completed legally. You say you have dealt with Realtors before, were they just showing you the houses or were they your "buyers agent"? A buyers agent is a real estate salesperson who reprsents a buyer. They will find houses and also show them to you, you are their client and they are on your side, it becomes their legal duty to protect you. They must do what is in your best interest and cannot share any private information with the seller or anyone else. If what you had before was a buyers agent and they did not do what was in your best interest write a letter to your states Real Estate Commission. Buyers Agents have no attachment to the seller, unless they are a dual agent, but I do NOT recommend this at all as it means they represent both the seller and the buyer and therefore cannot be loyal to both parties. They must tell you this upfront and if they are, I'd find someone else. Good brokers do not allow Dual Agencies, but they are legal in some states. For them to become your "Buyer's agent" you will sign a contract, they do not get paid unless they find a house for you and the deal gets closed. They can either be paid by you, by the seller, or you can make a lower offer for the house to cover the fees, also the listing broker may split her commission with your buyers agent, it all depends on that specific situation, but most of the time you as the buyer will not pay the fees, it generally comes off the selling price or the listing brokers splits. I hope this helps and if you need anything else you may contact me by email. Good Luck!
· 1 decade ago