I am looking to buy a house, and I am a first-time buyer. I am reading a book on home buying, and it says the following with regard to new homes:
"You might have to deal with the developer's salesperson or representative, without the benefit of your own real estate agent to protect you. If you hope to use an agent, be sure to bring him or her along on your first visit - otherwise you may lose your chance."
I have actually visited several new housing developments already, and I never brought an agent with me. Why does the book say I must bring an agent on my first visit? What happens if I go back to one of those new developments I already visited and bring an agent?
Does that also apply to open houses for existing homes? What if I visit an open house by myself – can I later go back to the house again with an agent?