I highly recommend to you that you report this agent to TREC for some type of disciplinary action. These are the type of individuals that give our industry a bad name.
The legal thing and the right are two different things. Unfortunately, it sounds like you might dealing with a real knucklehead; the kind that gives real estate agents a bad name. I'm not an attorney in TX nor licensed but I agree this seems like bad business even though it might still be legal. Does the agency agreement in TX specifiy location? The agent might think they mean DFW (although it doesn't sound like it)
I've had this sort of thing happen before and worse case the buyers typically call the agent's broker and it gets resolved very quickly. Maybe you, or your employing broker could call him and/or his boss and offer a referral fee. I seriously doubt this guy will want to drive to Corpus Christi on behalf of his buyers.
Hopefully this will all end being a big misunderstanding. Go ahead and call this buyer agent, maybe there is some miscommunication going on. Show the house, and DON'T cross ANY agency lines until you do talk to this agent in Dallas.
I am a member or HAR in Houston. In our listing agreements ,I used advise the seller to pay the full commission split to non members of our board - I don't any more - I write in to be determined.
When I say I am paying 3% to a buyers agent in the MLS that means a member of our MLS.
Whenever you, I, or any agent plans to show &/or make offers on properties not in our own MLS , we should contact the sellers broker and see what commission arrangement can be made and have them sign an Brokers agreement.
This get you our of having to pay but not the buyer, If I were the buyer I would like to see them try to collect if I had told them they were not preforming as agreed and I wanted to cancel the agreement.
Well this may not have been done on your listings, I understand. I used to say you want anyone to show your property. Now that I do this they still can , but commission is decided by what they really offer.
Now if I were the buyer, I would call the broker and state the what, when and where of this and ask for a termination of the agreement. If I was not able to reach the broker by phone I would fax this to him/her.If it my request were refused I would write a registered letter and say I was termination the agreement .
Any more problems I would go to the Board .
Now a little more on this -I find that with the gas crunch more and more Realtors are sending their buyers into the field, Having their clients say that their Realtor is unavailable and would we please show a certain home. I know of one Air LIne Pilot that gets a lot of referrals but never shows the property, he just direct his buyers to the sellers agent. Also we are having more and more buyers saying they are not working with anyone when they originally call - but seem to come up with an agent when it comes time to make the offer. If it were just me , I would say I had lost it somewher but more and more of my fellow agents are running into the same.
This is just an agent taking advantage of anohter and if it continues we may have to add a third compensation to our MLS - A shared selling commission when the buyers agent only does paper work.. I understand it happens sometimes, but this is repeated abuse.
I Know because I used to work in Houston. Good luck.
I love this site, I just came across it by accident recently. I don't even know how long it has been operating but its a great support system for fellow Realtors. Thanks fo the quick responses. Happy home selling.