If you are trying to buy in the Twin Cities, MN in 2015, you ABSOLUTELY need a buyer's agent to represent you. Here's why:
*Homes sell sooo fast, that you need your own Realtor to get you into the house before it's accepted an offer
*If you don't have your own Realtor, you'll get "lost in the cracks". It's a busy market and Realtors are working hard for their clients. If you're not a client, you may not get top notch attention.
*You're finding listings on some websites, that aren't actually available anymore. Realtors can solve this for you.
*You need to be aware of listings as soon as they come on the market. Once again, Realtors can solve this for you, too.
These are just a few reasons why you want a Realtor to represent you as a buyer. Good luck out there!