Fine, be that way, but you need to be 100% clear with your buyer that you won't show them FSBOs. Maybe you do, maybe you don't (any clients of Tom that an attest?) However - I've never met a buyer agent that does this.Work with a buyer for a year or two, with all that it entails, and then not be compensated when they finally buy?? Sure. No problem
You have to understand that a very large # of people aren't professional property traders. They're relying on their realtor to tell them everything and work in their best interests.The more I hear people complain about Realtors the more I think they're complaining they aren't capable of discriminating the good from the bad.
I've sold property that was near FSBO (set fee for the company that listed and gave me a sign) - listed with FULL commission to the buyer agent, easily underpriced to the market. Took forever for someone to buy it.
Buyer agents avoid FSBOs because they mess with the commission structure. All professions are a conspiracy against the laeity..