How important is it to have a buyer broker?
I have been looking for a summer place. I am looking for the right property and am flexible about the area. I have been searching a huge area (spanning 3 states) on the MLS. I have already contacted selling agents and gone to see several properties. None of them was right, but I wonder if I will be at a big disadvantage when it does come time to make an offer. I'd sure prefer to have comps in hand at least.
Have any of you bought a home without a buyer broker? Is there a big downside to not being represented?
Is there anything I can do to be better advised given that I am looking in more than one state?