If you are going to look at property you saw with her before, this is a potential issue for the new agent and the commission in a sale of one of those properties.
If you have signed a buyer broker agreement, or received a notice of designated agency from the agent, the issue has a new layer of complexity.
If you have a new agent you want to work with, and they are experienced, they should be able to give you some guidance on how to proceed.
In this market you need an agent with a professional attitude and skill set, and timeliness of response is the number one expectation of clients today. A "dual career" agent can do a good job for you, but any agent who does not fit your needs is one you can do without.
Simply getting listings from an agent and looking at property does not create a legal contract between you and the agent, but there are other aspects of this which can affect the payment of a commission.
I have nothing to new to add to what others have said about written agreements and such but I did notice that no one else has offered to be the person to really help you out! Nothing bothers me more than lack of communication and it's what I actually pride myself on as my greatest strength! Please feel free to read my testimonials and you'll see what I mean.
This is my full time job and number one passion so I take what I do very very seriously and would love to help you if you'll let me :-)
I agree with some of the answers here.
Give your current agent notice by email. Save the email. I would not speak to
her broker unless you want him to assign another of his agents.
If you signed an agreement with your current agent, get a release signed by her broker. If not - go out and get
someone who works full time to help you.
Did you sign a buyers' agency agreement with your current Realtor?
That's the only thing that might slow you down because you will have
to comply to the terms of that agreement. Part time Realtors are a
regular complaint of mine.
Send your Realtor an email explaining that you will no longer be using her services and why. If you signed
a buyers' agreement, call a local real estate attorney - it will be cheap advice. After all, how many properties can you tolerate losing due to your agent?
If you speak with her broker, he'll want to assign another agent in his company to you. But make sure you get his
signature on the release from your buyers' agency contract, if one is involved.
Red Door Realty
So sorry that happened to you! Hope that doesn't jade you with the idea of real estate agency!
I would not use a part time Dentist, Brain Surgeon or Accountant. This is the biggest financial decision you will make in your life. I suggest using a full-time, experienced and professional agent with good negotiation skills to get the best experience. Do what is best for you.
I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this. I have some issues with part-time Realtors as well. I think it's OK to be a part-time Realtor, just alert the public on what you really are. Don't expect to be thrown in their with the rest of us that do this full-time.
You have some very good answers below. My two cents is that you shouldn't have much trouble divorcing your Realtor. In Arizona, everything depends upon wither you have an open offer or not with your buyer's agent. If there is no open offer, then there is no true commitment.
When in doubt, get legal advise!
Hopefully that will work for you. Good luck!
If you have more questions, feel free to call me - 312-607-6447.
1. Send an email to the Broker of the current agent to complain about her lack of response, mention that you want to write an offer ASAP and you want another agent to do it. That Broker should respond ASAP by assigning another agent from that office to help you write the offer.
2. If you do not get that property then just go find another agent.
Now if she showed you one property, and you want to make an offer on that particular property, she is entitled to that commission. In order for her not to be, you have to be able to prove that she neglected you by phone records, emails, etc. Its a pretty lengthy process. Is this the property you want to move forward on? If so, I would once again go to her managing broker for release, or to at least assign an agent for you on that particular property. If that is not one you are moving forward on, then once again, just walk away from the agent.
I am sorry you ran into such a problem. You should go out and interview at least 2 other agents, and choose one that you feel will give the attention you need. I would be happy to help.
Americorp Real Estate
Managing Broker, e-PRO
I would write an email to the Broker of the current agent to cancel her formally and indicate her lack of response and unprofessionalism on this particular property. At minimum the Broker should respond by assigning another agent to you for the purpose of writing an offer on that property ASAP. If it does not work and you do not get that property out go find another agent.