Certainly you can make a proposal to the listing agent that you would like to be represented by an attorney, and ask if your idea would be acceptable. From the replies by the agents here, you can see that they take pride in the value that they provide the buyer. A great agent will know the market very well, and won't let you overpay. Knowledge of the best home inspectors, so deferred maintenance doesn't go undetected, and positive working relationship with the listing agent can go a long way toward getting you the very best value, and making sure you don't lose out on a great home. They can help show you properties that meet your needs that you might not have seen on your internet searches, and will often have previewed them, saving your time. As a broker, I could certainly represent myself in a transaction, but would not do so. The listing firm has a contractual right to the total fee, which could mean that the half of the fee that was earmarked for the selling agent, your agent, will simply all go to the listing side of the sale.