Is it common practice for a real estate agent to send me a list of houses for sale via the web and then he is?

Question by .: Is it common practice for a real estate agent to send me a list of houses for sale via the web and then he is?
Is it common practice for a real estate agent to send me a list of houses for sale via the web and then he is not the actual realtor involved in selling the house?
Is this normal practice? Should I contact the realtor who is actually selling the house first for the seller?
How does it work and whom do I give the earnest money to, and if by check or should I just contact my mortgage lender first?

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Answer by Elsa D
This is common practice, and works to your advantage. You should not contact the selling agent, use your agent, “the buyers agent”. The selling agent is under contract to get the most $ out of you as possible, having your own agent will help you get a better deal.

You give your earnest money either to the title company, or your agent, who then writes a check to the title company, but you don’t worry about that until after your offer is accepted.

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