I feel that you are obligated to continue with your Realtor for the following reasons:
1- Even though you have found the Builder on your own, you have made a conscious decision to bring in a Realtor - I assume that you brought in a Realtor as a professional to look out for your best interest in this purchase.
2- If the "Builder" made the "error", then, why punish the Realtor, whom you have invited in for professional guidance? Unless it was it the builder who suggested that they "made the error" simply to get you to agree to cancel the Contract which the Realtor is involved in and start a new contract without the Realtor so they won't have to pay the extra commission to the Realtor and perhaps reduce the price by the amount they would have to pay the Realtor..
You need to do soul searching, Sharon.
since Realtors can not give you legal advise you should consult with your own attorney. There could be several legal issues involved.
If you are not happy with your Realtor of course you can fire him/ her. I am having a problem since you self said that you find the Builder, but brought your own Realtor when negotiating and signing the contract. Why did you bring the Realtor for the negotiation in the first place if the builder wants to give you a better deal without a Realtor? Why didn't get you from the builder a better deal in the first place? Why doesn't the builder honor the contract who is in place now? Is he afraid that the Realtor, who will present your interest, interfere with his (builder) interest. Are you aware of all the legalities to the Real Estate Contract?
There could be several contracts you have to look into. You could have a contract with your Realtor. The builder could as well had been provided a registration from your Realtor so that the Realtor is protected and the builder can not sell to you.
Are you sure the builder will held to the contract if you sign a new one? This builder seems to me very shady. Let us know the builder so we all can stay away from him.
Please understand this is not a legal advise and consult with your own attorney.
Good luck to you!
Annett T. Block
Florida Connects Inc.
Broker/Owner Real Estate 911 Inc
John D Fortino, Sales Manager
Access USA Realty, Inc.