Technically, now she's procuring cause (ie: the buyer's agent who gets paid) for that property. You, as the buyer, have the right to use whomever you like, especially you no longer have confidence in her advice, but she's in line for some portion of the buyer's side commission.
You have no legal obligation to her, but the seller's agency does. Contact another agent, please be completely upfront with them and explain the situation.. they will reach out to the first agent, and work out some arrangement... but you shouldn't have to worry about who gets paid.
Keep in mind agents do not get paid until escrow closes. While they are showing property to other people they are giving up the opportunity to earn a commission by working with loyal clients.
Truly in today's world of internet finding the house is the easy part. Knowing the contract, negotiations from contract to close, networking with other agents, risk management, disclosures and more is the difficult part. Also, the listing agent knows you had a different agent show you the property. What do you think they will think about you to be loyal to the contract and be honest throughout closing?
Let's look at this a bit differently. Let's say you get hired to type some papers. You go to work and type those papers. Then the boss tells you, sorry, I don't like the way you typed those papers. I'm not paying you. There should have been a conversation and a skill assessment up front before you hired your agent. Therefore, please talk to your agent and her Broker before you write any offers.
All the best to you.
Why is it " the right thing to do" to "compensate" an agent she's not happy with simply because the agent arranged a showing (made a phone call or two, went to the house with her)?
The agent did none of the things you say are the more difficult parts of your job ("negotiations from contract to close, networking with other agents, risk management, disclosures"). With home prices as high as they are in this area you realtors have a real® sense of entitlement. You are way over compensated for the amount of work you do.
Here is what COULD happen if everyone behaved as you did in this situation.
So you don't like the PC (procuring cause) agent and you decide to get another agent to submit the offer.
Now you have effectively betrayed PC agent AND put another agent in a situation where they will not be compensated for their effort. You have effectively toasted two agents! One through betrayal and the other by compromising the compensation agreement.
PC agent will be the ONLY agent eligible for contractual compensation, whom you don't want to work with, and another agent will be left with nothing but lint in their pocket due to your choices.
Now, you can make all of this go away by agreeing to compensate 'another' agent directly from your pocket for the work involved on your behalf. PC agent will be compensated by the seller as contractually agreed via the MLS.
The most likely outcome will be you do not buy the house and everyone's efforts are wasted.
However,as Bonnie White suggested, if PC agent and another agent were to have a telephone chat, something agreeable could be worked out. You should be prepared to directly compensate another agent. It's the right thing to do, if that means anything in Maryland.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL