"U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development "Home Buyers Handbook"
"It is your responsibility to search for an agent who will represent your interests in the real estate transaction. If you want someone to represent only your interests, consider hiring an 'exclusive buyer's agent', who will be working for you."
I don't know what would have happened to us if our first contact with looking for a second home in Florida hadn't been with Aileen. We live in the north but have relatives in Trinity, FL who we visit several times a year. We will eventually retire in Florida and decided to buy ahead of time so that we have a place to stay while we were down visiting.
We started with searching the web and stumbled across some places we wanted more information on. Sent an email and that was the start of a very positive experience. Aileen not only provided additional info but offered to help and through emails back and forth and lots of key questions asked by her she had a list of places that she thought would meet our needs. We flew down to Florida for a weekend, met with Aileen and for two days looked at property's, narrowed them down and did second and third looks. By the end of weekend we had actually made a decision and were ready to make an offer. What we also like so much about Aileen was during those two days we not only looked at properties but were introduced to the area. We drove through a park, checked out Gulf Harbor beach, drove through Tarpon Springs (know where to buy the best Baklava) ate at a quaint place in Hudson along the water. Aileen was so knowledgeable and we really enjoyed our time.
It's been two years and we're still happy with our property choice.