You can always fire your agent and they can always fire you. Either way, the question is, "At what cost?".
Ask your agent what your responsibilities are to him/her. Communication is the key here...
I too wonder about the agent who is not patient, yet too slow ... :-). Maybe you're just needing more guideance than you think?
Take some time once you've read your agency relationship contract and have properly terminated your agreement with your first agent to interview and choose a new agent. You might find that your first agent turns out to be the one you want to keep working with, so try to be friendly and professional about the discussion of leaving that working relationship and/or starting it again.
You signed a contract. The first stop is to read it carefully and ask questions. You may want to contact the agent's broker, who is ultimately responsible for enforcing the contract. The other advice offered here is great and it would be worth your time to read it as well.
You are welcome to work with another agent to search for the home you want. Finding someone who understands your needs and will work with you to meet those needs is what I think you want.
Best of luck going forward,
You do not want to work with an agent that is too slow and pushing you to buy a house. If you have a written agency agreement with them, you should cancel it in writing prior to picking another agent. Otherwise, I would just call/email them about your intentions. My guess is if they were not being patient, that they might not have had an agreement with you and thus were not as committed to you as they would have been if they had. They just wanted to make a sale. Most of the better agents only work with clients that sign a written agreement with them so that things are clear from day one about expectations, etc.
As I have suggested in past posts, and will continue to suggest in the future, that as a buyer you Google every agent that responds to your question here on Trulia, learn as much as you can about who they are online, read their client testimonials, so you know what their clients are saying about them, and then give us each a call and just ask us why we think you should work with us instead of another agent. Then, pick the best fit for you and let them go to work for you with the skill and knowledge that they have. I hope to hear from you soon.
Good luck, go get yourself a great house!!
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Happy home-hunting & best of luck to you!
I know that it is standard when selling a home but I don't recall ever signing a committment when I chose a realtor for my last purchase.
And if you do change Realtors, even though this didn't work out, just be sure to let them know right away. It may seem like they are impatient and not fast enough, but I would bet they are working harder for you than you think. It's getting busy out there and it would be good kharma to let that person know asap not to put any more energy into this.
If you have no agreement which obligates you to your current agent then you are free to work with any agent you choose.
If you have not signed a contract with the agent then you are free to work with whichever Realtor you choose. Purchasing a home is a very emotional experience and I understand that buyers need an agent with patience and yet a sense of urgency to get you the very best deal possible. I would suggest you look for an agent with an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) Designation. That agent has completed a course of study that demonstrates a higher skill level in representing buyers.
You might have a conversation with your current agent and lay out your expectations in no uncertain terms. Sometimes it can be a communications issue.
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Best of Luck.
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