Any licensed real estate agent can act as a Buyers Agent, just as any licensed Doctor can perform brain surgery. But if you were going to have brain surgery wouldn't you want a Specialist?
What's the difference? The difference is training, experience, and commitment to knowing everything they can learn about their specialty. Any good Doctor knows quite a bit about brain surgery. In fact he or she knows just enough about brain surgery to know that you need a Specialist if you need brain surgery.
Would you want to use a "part time" brain surgeon?
Ordinary Agents list houses (most of the time), "help" Buyer's (some of the time) (note: when "helping" a Buyer, the Agent represents the Seller and is duty bound to get the highest price and best possible terms for the Seller), act as Dual Agents (some of the time), Facilitators (some of the time), Appointed Agents (some of the time), Designated Agents (some of the time), and in some areas even work as "non-agents" (some of the time) so they can "put deals together". In other words, they are "part time" Buyers Agents.
By the way, you will pay the same price for an Agent who is a "part time" Buyers Agent as you will pay for a full time Buyer Specialist, so why not get the real expert?
Do yourself a favor. Before you decide which Agent to use, talk to someone who has the specialized experience necessary to do an outstanding job of representing you and is dedicated 100% to serving Home Buyers!
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"Location, Location, Location"
A common and phrase in real estate is "Location, location, location". What does this phrase really mean?
"Location" is repeated to emphasize how important the location is to the resale value of a home. A careful choice of location can maximize positive influences on future resale value, and minimize potential negative influences.
A "bad" neighborhood has a drastic impact on the resale value of a home. Almost anything on a home can be repaired, replaced, or remodeled to make it more livable and/or more saleable. But the area around the home cannot be changed by one homeowner. The only way to sell a home in a bad or declining area is to reduce the price and even then it may take a long time to sell.
"Bad" can mean an area where the homes are not maintained properly. It can also mean a street that has become a heavy traffic artery where it is noisy, or dangerous to try to cross the street.
While no one can accurately predict that a neighborhood will remain the same or improve a sharp real estate agent is aware of trends in the area that might affect the neighborhood in the future. This is especially important if you are moving to a new city and unfamiliar with the area.