Sounds like you just need a quick sit down to discuss your expectations. Your agent may be misreading your level of interest or maybe the schedules just aren't meshing for whatever reason.
You should give a minimum of 24 hours notice (but more is preferred) to your agent in order to schedule a house hunting outing. The agent has other clients and also has to call homeowners to make appointments well in advance.
Your agent should be sending you listings that meet the criteria you specified, but no, it is ultimately up to you to choose the ones you'd like to see. Most buyers will take the initiative to drive by the homes first, to see if they even like the neighborhood before schedule an appointment to see inside.
If you already have an offer on a property, it's not always a great idea to "keep shopping". That tells me you aren't serious about really wanting that home. (Time limits don't necessarily matter in bank owned properties) You'll need to get a status report on the offer to see if you have a shot. Otherwise, my advice is to withdraw the offer and shop for something you really want.
In the end, you can sever ties with an agent if you are both unhappy. If you decide to walk but purchase a home he showed you, it gets a little more complicated.
Hope this helps!
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Maybe you should have a sit-down with your agent, and explain exactly what you expect, and he can tell you whether he works that way. If not, he might be able to recommend someone who does.
Otherwise, if he wants to maintain you as a buyer client (and in this market who can afford to discard a buyer), then he's going to have to alter the way he's current servicing you.
Robin is right, you need to communicate to your agent your concerns and frustration. If they are aware and unwilling to meet your needs then you should discuss either reassignment to an agent in his brokerage or release from the agency agreement altogether. You need to remember that you have entered an agreement with the principle broker and his/her sub agent, it may be the principle brokers policy to try to resolve the issues before a release of the buyer/broker contract.
I have published and/or adapted numerous flyers for buyers and sellers to review and the online folder can be found at http://www.box.net/nowshowingutah
Please feel free to review any of these documents and I suggest you find the one called "5 Reasons to Sign" as it will help you understand what should be expected of both you the buyer and the buyer's agent.
Disclaimer: Sharing this information is not a solicitation for your business "IF" you currently have an active agreement with an agent/brokerage.
Thank you for using Trulia! I hope you are able to get through this rough patch and close on a great home!
Kristopher Furrow - Associate Broker
Member â€“ 2010 Young Professionals Council
Salt Lake Board of Realtors
Windermere Real Estate - UTAH
Salt Lake City and Park City
2348 South Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City Utah, 84109
We as agents can certainly sympathize with the frustrations you are feeling. It may feel like your agent is not doing enough for you or finding the right property for you. It is a very challenging market and offers can be harder to get accepted in most market places these days. My suggestion is to sit down face to face with your agent and discuss your frustrations and concerns you have. Review the listings in your budget to see if it is the properties or the agent that aren't the right fit. You may both come to a mutual understanding or you may both decide to go your own way. Either way, I strongly encourage a sit down discussion with the agent first.
I suggest that before you fire your agent you open a dialogue and express your concerns and expectations. Some buyers only need to see a few homes before they find the one they want but some buyers may not have a clear picture of their "perfect home" and need to see a lot more.
Yes, your agent should certainly be respectful of your time and do their best to work around your schedule but please remember that your agent may be working with many other buyers at the same time and he may not always be available when it is most convenient for you.
After you express your concerns you may decide that your current agent is not right for you, but hopefully once you express your feelings you will reach an understanding. If your Realtor does not have enough time to devote to your home search then he should be honest with you and let you know.
Good luck with finding your perfect home!