Are real estate agents paid for representing the buyer?

My wife and I were working with a realtor who showed us some of her own listings, but we ended up buying from the listing agent of another firm and I've felt guilty about it since. Would the agent have been paid for the purchase of our house if we bid on it through her even though she wasn't the listing... show more My wife and I were working with a realtor who showed us some of her own listings, but we ended up buying from the listing agent of another firm and I've felt guilty about it since. Would the agent have been paid for the purchase of our house if we bid on it through her even though she wasn't the listing agent? If so, how is she paid?
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