However, this is not always true since we know that the typical seller does not save money on commission if a buyer is unrepresented.
The challenge with taking a listing agent’s word for it is that there is objectively no way to quantify or prove that any form of discount on price is a direct result of not having a buyer’s agent.
The listing agent can simply claim that the seller’s counter is lower as a result of not having a buyer’s agent, but there’s actually no way to prove this.
In all likelihood, the seller’s counter would have been the same even if the buyer was represented.
The savings from a Buyer Closing Credit, on the other hand, can be easily measured since it’s unrelated to the negotiation itself. Better yet, requesting a Buyer Closing Credit prevents the negotiation from being muddled by the purely theoretical and unquantifiable concept of receiving a discount as a result of being a direct buyer.