Also, if you did not sign an agreement, you are free to hire another realtor of your choice with no repercussions.
There has been a lot of dialogue concerning your questions and concerns. You have stated you did not sign a Buyer Representative Agreement with the agent in question, which means he actually represents the seller as a "subagent." You are free to select another agent. I suggest that you go to http://www.rebac.net, the web site for ACCREDITED Buyer Representatives, to locate an agent that has had extensive EXTRA training ini representing buyers. Less than 3% of agents in North America have earned this designation. I am one of them.
Also, Truman77, I would definitely let the agent's broker know of your unhappiness with that agent's performance, whether you go with a different agent in that firm or one from a different brokerage. The broker's reputation depends upon the conduct of its agents, and I believe the broker will want to address this behaviour. Too many agents fail to remember that the buyer's (or seller's) best interest is their #1 responsibility.
I regret that you've had such difficulty in buying a home! Most agents, particularly in these economic times, would be busting their behinds to locate a home for you and ensure that you buy it at the right price and according to the conditions your require.
If you have signed a buyer rep agreement, then you must abide by those terms. If you do not have a buyer representation agreement, or it has already expired, then you are free to choose an agent that will meet your expectations of service. Furthermore, even if you were to have a current buyer rep agreement, talk to this agent and let him / her know why you want to terminate it, probably they will accept your decision and move on.
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Maybe he doesn't want to work with you and perhaps it will be a relief to him as well if you request the change.
Good luck....sorry for the problems.
The Sirva situation can be handled with a competant buyer's agent working with Sirva's sellers agent to make the deal work for both parties. I sold one this year, and whatever offer you submit in writing, the seller's agent will have to present.
It is nice to know that people still have ethics about these situations since there is, unfortunatly, buyers who will call and act like they dont have an agent, and then once you get to the house they tell you their family member is an agent and they will be purchasing thru them.
Good luck with your purchase, no matter who you end up hiring as your agent!
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I'm sorry for your bad experience with such an unprofessional agent. I understand your position and you should not feel sorry for wanting and needing better representation. Each state is different, but if your worried about owing him anything and do not want to contact him direclty. You may want to call his broker, explain the situation and just let the broker know that you have found better representation and just want the home that the other agent refuses to submit the offer on your behalf. Let me stress, you are not in the wrong, and you need the best possible representation not only to find a great home, but also get you a great deal. Good Luck to you.
If I was rude, late and care about my clients I would be out of business. Representing a buyer is a commitment between both parties. Like a marriage. Sometimes parties are not meant for each other and part.
Make sure you choose someone that feels comfortable, that cares and will look after your best interest. Some agents are just not good with buyers. There is no excuse for not sending you listings. All it takes is listening to what you want and entering the criteria.Then you work as a team refining and defining what properties are suited for your needs. Doing searches on your own is part of the process but answering any question you might have, showing you property and having your best interest is his job. If you did not sign a buyer broker agreement you have no obligation. If you did you have grounds for breaking the agreement.
If they are a true professional, they will appreciate the input, and as well the knowledge of where they stand. Perhaps even offer to prove they can provide more serious efforts in your purchase. But if it is time to change, it is time to change.
If you found the house through your current agent, there may be an idea of the first agent being the "procuring cause" in which you may owe something to the current agent should you complete the transaction and purchase through another agent. Whether you signed a representation agreement or not.
Know that agency is your right to choose who represents you in a transaction and should you find that your current representation is non sufficient to fulfill your serious efforts to purchase. Then it is time to find another.
I represent mostly buyers and mostly first time buyers and would like to help you find exactly what you want. I listen and act upon your desires.
Call, Realtor, Lynn Anderson, at 281-550-9121.
Thank you all!
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My concern and guilt comes from the fact that he did spend time with me going to the house and the handful of others I found on HAR. I've worked sales (not realestate) and I know how customers should be treated..and they should never feel like an inconvenience. Which is how I felt most the time with him.
His title is Broker Associate ...so would that make him the broker I'd have to contact?
Explain to his broker what you have written here and see how they are willing to handle it. In most cases they will assign a new agent and in some cases the original agent may receive a referral fee from that agent.
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