Is this Agent representing the seller also? In any case you are entitled legally to a refund of your deposit. If you get nowhere with this I would have your attorney call the Real Estate Board in which the contract was written.. They will help you...
Century 21 Access America
117 N. Main St.
Southington, Ct. 06489
I noticed you are from Groton. Is the home you were buying in Eastern CT? If so, you probably did the standard purchase and sale we use here. Were all the inspections you initialed yes, performed within the time limit? Did your agent get the required response to the other agent within the time limit? Did you sign the Mutual Cancellation request and have the seller sign it also? Keep in mind, I am not an attorney, but I am a Realtor and cover New London County. With that said, these are the details based upon what you said that I could see you not being able to get your deposit back. How much is the attorney charging you to handle this? You could very well be obligated for more than $500 at this point. What is your agent's response? If everything was handled properly, then you can go directly to the agent's broker (boss) or to Eastern CT Association of Realtors (ECAR).
I hope some of the information you have received is helpful. Unfortunately, it's really hard to give you specific advice based upon what you've written.
I wish you all the best with getting this settled quickly.
Weichert Realtors, Suburban Properties
80 Stonington Road
Mystic, CT 06355
When you completed the inspection you should have completed a form that states that you are cancelling the contract due to items uncovered during the inspection. In addition you should have signed an earnest money release form indicating that the inspection contingency has not been fulfilled and that you are cancelling the contract and as such as due your earnest money. If you have not received these documents you need to contact your agent's broker. If the broker does not return you call or explain the reason the earnest money is not being returned you need to contact the state agency that handles Real Estate Licensing.
I would also cancel the agreement you have with the attorney, as the attorney fees will probably total $500 in not time flat.
Did you perform your physical inspection and provide written notice of cancellation within your contract contingencies dates. If so then you should contact the Broker of the Lisings Agency not the Realtor. If you were working with a buyer-broker contract your agent should be contacting the listing firm's Broker. Hope that helps. Good Luck!
Linda Lang-Bankowski, Broker-REALTOR
Quinnipiac Realty, LLC
Cell (203) 619-4377 eFax (203) 306-3155
31 Quinnipiac Avenue~North Haven~CT~06473
(203) 624-3000 Ext. 701 Fax (203) 624-3001
~Licensed in Connecticut~
If your attorney, who is representing you is telling is telling you it is not big deal, you need a new attorney.
Have you spoken to the realtor's broker? And is it a realtor or a real estate agent? There is a difference.
Was there an Actual Cancellation and Mutual Release signed by both parties?
A little more information would be helpful in assisting you.