This is a symptom of a much larger problem - how we improve professionalism in real estate when the barriers to entry are so low. In Texas, the requirements are a diploma from high school (or GED), coursework which can be completed online/open book and achieving 70% or better on a fairly simple exam.
Based on the complexity and financial importance of real estate transactions, it would seem the requirements would be much more difficult.
I suppose the lesson learned - unfortunately, at great expense to you, Kisha - is to be extremely vigilant when search for an agent to represent interests professionally, ethically and with great skill.
I do hope you resolve this quickly, and wish you the best of luck in your search for a home.
I would have an extra copy on hand to report the agent and the broker to the Texas Real Estate Commission.
If you don't have a copy by the date then submit the package to TREC.
If you have a lawyer friend, I would ask them to write a termination of the agreement on their letterhead and submit it to the agent and the broker. Most honest ethical brokers don't want the headache of a legal lawsuit and will let you out of the contract. I would remind them firmly in the letter that it is their reputation at stake.
It appears you have already many responses to your question. The common answer is correct, always when there is a problem with an agent, the first course of action when you can not resolve it with the agent, is to contact their supervising broker. I hope by now you have resolved this problem and moved on. In the future, it is a good idea while interviewing the agent, to ask for referrals.
Take care, hope your future experiences reflect the caring attitude of most of us that really want to ensure your goals are met and you are a happy customer!
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After reading through all the answers what did you decide to do? What is the status of your relationship with the buyer's agent and the contract? If you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Firstly, on behalf of the real estate community, I would like to apologize for such unprofessional behavior by a REALTOR. We have a fiduciary duty to uphold and clearly this has not been the case. That being said, there are so many highly educated and skilled professionals who would truly be your advocate.
Take a moment and contact the agent's broker. If you do not get an immediate response, there are other things you can do. For example, The Texas Real Estate Commission (http://www.trec.state.tx.us) has a legal department that can be the voice of reason. It is very important to understand (unlike a recent statement written to you), real estate agents canNOT give advice - only legal counsel can do this. We can give opinions. It would be interesting to note if your agent has past ethical issues. Also, Austin Board of REALTORS http://(www.abor.com) should be contacted. This is not what we want representing the community. Each one of us has a license number - it is documented on the offer that was submitted but you can also find it on TREC's website.
An agent who has certification as a buyer's representative can and does work specifically with buyers. (Accredited Buyers Representative) or ABR will be acknowledged after their name. There should not be gimmicks to woo you into allowing them to represent you and they should be communicative at all times. Here's a big kicker: When you search their license number, their name should be the same thing documented on all paperwork.
A one page document that simply states "I, *your name*, immediately release and terminate any and all representation with *agent name* followed by the broker's name and company and contact information. Sign, date, copy it and forward by fax and mail to the agent"s office of record. This should suffice. Again, it is my professional opinion and you should certainly ask a real estate attorney for any advice.
I wish you great success in your efforts.
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If you don't have a agency contract with her, in other words, if you haven't signed a seperate contract which says you are obliged to use her and only her, then you can simply move on to any other agent.
I always reccomend to work with the agent you trust the most. Good rapport between you will make the transaction so much easier.
Best of Luck,
Not knowing all the details this is how I would respond to this. If I knew more I could maybe give more info. B
This is a very serious matter that demands immediate attention. I hope you have put in a phone call and an email to your Agent's Broker. If you have, and you do not receive a response within 24 hrs, call the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC http://www.trec.state.tx.us/ ) or the Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR http://www.abor.com/ )
If you still want to buy the house, and your Agent simply isn't responding to you, nor is your Agent's Broker, then you should seek out assistance immediately because "Time Is Of The Essence" when buying and selling real estate.
Pick up the phone and act now according to your real estate needs.
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I'm not sure what buyers agreement you filled out. The ABOR Residential Buyer Representation Agreement states the parties' agency relationship can be terminated at any time; however, the contractual provisions and obligations will survive and can only be modified or terminated by the mutual consent of both parties.
I would go with the advice that everyone else before me has already recommended...talk with her broker. Get mutual consent to terminate the agreement.
My take on the situation is that you not only want to terminate the contract to purchase the home, you also want to terminate the represenation agreement you signed with your current agent.
Write a letter of termination to your agent saying succintly "you are terminated, as is our business relationship."
Then write a letter to the seller's realtor on the property that you offered on and say "my offer is terminated."
Stop payment on your check.
If you did not sign the revised version of the "kicked back" contract, then there is no contract.
Then go out and get yourself another realtor and move on.
Cindy Crawford, REALTOR
Kelelr Williams Realty
Peace in your home,
Agents For Change/Keller Williams Realty
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Austin, TX 78746
Best of luck .. Bruce