If you continue to contact different ones, you will definitely get many different personalities and working styles. Also, it appears the agents you're contacting are working for the seller, not you. You should be working exclusively with a buyer agent you like and work well with. They will represent you the buyer and set up all the showings.
You should contact David Childress below, he's awesome and in your area!
Like others have noted, most real estate professionals do not operate this way. An event such as you describe seems hard to understand when we all know this is a SERVICE dependent business.
Now, let's make an attempt to understand this agents behavior.
Overwhelmingly, the buyer for any property for sale will be represented by a real estate professional.
Those 'free range' buyers who contact the listing agent directly can and most correctly assumed to not be vetted. That means the are highly unlikely to have the funding for a home purchase. That is why they are not working with an agent. These 'free range' buyers, when able to snag the listing agent, invariably morph into a seeker of lease/option and owner financed deals.
Then there is the 'cash' buyer, (translated: can't get financing) who intends to offer 40% of tax assessed value and hopes magic will happen. All of these, as you can imagine, are not the individuals a real estate professional wants occupying their time. I think you can understand this.
When you read agent after agent after agent state , "You need to have a real estate professional helping you," you need to realize this is the key to getting ALL the doors opened for you.
Before you throw the subject agent under the bus, remember, you are ignoring the guidance so many knowledgeable agents are providing. So, what will you do?
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor Florida
Specializing in newer or well maintained, waterfront homes and condos.