If you're like most of us these days, you're pretty cynical. You hear or read something and you wonder what the REAL story is. Is there a hidden agenda? What is the author really trying to accomplish?
Sometimes I hear people talking about the real estate agent they've worked with and it seems they think the agent is only thinking about "the commission". You know, I have been involved in helping people to buy and sell real estate for over 25 years now. So, I cannot argue with you and say that this is NEVER the case. But, I can tell you this... The majority of the Realtors that stay in the business really just want to help you with your real estate need. They get great satisfaction out of a successful ending to your real estate transaction.
Sure, they are doing this for a living, but almost all of them understand this:
DO A GOOD JOB AND THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW.
It's that way for all of us. If we all strive to do the very best we can, we increase the probability of being successful. This also applies to our personal lives, from how to communicate with our kids, to dealing with others in our day to day lives.
So I guess, what I'd like to accomplish today is to encourage you to work with a Realtor you really trust. And when the counsel you get seems "unpleasant", remember the person you've picked to represent you wants the best for you.
Good luck with your real estate ventures!