I would suggest that you have a serious heart to heart with your agent. I would clearly outline your needs for help in the purchase of home to see if the two of you can have a meeting of the minds. A 70 mile distance may be more than difficult than previouslys expected and your agent and friend may be willing to help you find an agent that is closer to you who would have more time available to show you homes.
Definitely have a talk to find out what is going on and to make sure that if you two cannot agree on the level of help you need, that you are able to find someone who is.
Good luck to you!
Alain Pinel Realtors
It is important to up front with the agent by letting him know he is not keeping pace with time frame of your plans and you feel the need for additional representation.
I like Michelle's thought, "Put it in writing." It makes the process a little more formal. Unless you signed an agreement, you are within your rights to pursue another agent for assistance.
The "Eckler Team"
Michael Saundersand Company
Venice, Fl 34285
From what you have described as the first agent's unresponsiveness, it doesn't sound like he would be the kind of agent who would be an advocate for you. Although referrals from friends are almost always a good way to find an agent, sometimes you can find a capable agent on your own.
If you have decided where you want to focus your search for a home, you can take a look at the properties that are available for sale. Is there one or two companies that have a stronger presence in these neighborhoods? If so, you may think of these agencies as the local area specialists who can help refine your search. Initerview at least 2-3 agents and see if there is one who is more in synch with you.
If you like going to open houses in the areas where you are looking, you may even be able to observe how the agents handle themselves. Without telling them you are looking for an agent, who is friendly, helpful, attentive, knowledgeable?
If you called a listing agents about their listings, did they offer other properties that possibly meet your requirements, and don't just push their own listings?
Wishing you the best of luck in your search