I don't know what kind of math realtors uses to determine the buyer doesn't pay a cent toward brokers' fees. If I want to make $400K and I have to pay a realtor, the buyer's going to pay $424K. You obviously have internet access, so the realtor isn't going to show you anything you can't find yourself. Except for homes that aren't on the market yet. Unless houses are flying off the market within hours, this isn't a huge advantage. Sure, they'll help with writing up the offer and the p&s. But so will a lawyer, for a lot less than $12K.