I sure hope it wasn't a Realtor that actively posts here on Trulia Voices, because it sounds like that agent was not a very good one! Let me explain.
First off, the Information about Brokerage Services (IABS) should have been given to you at the first initial face-to-face contact! It should not have been given to you ONLY right before you submit an offer! ... shame... shame
Second: He obviously didn't EXPLAIN it to you! Ensuring the client at least, can decipher the difference between buyer's representation and seller's representation by default in TX is HIGHLY critical! Not only to make sure that you the client understands, but also to keep his Broker out of violations of Standards of Practice and the Licensing Act. ... shame shame again!
As the other Realtors here have already suggested, it does not sound like you've signed a buyer's representation agreement, so you shall be free to go off to someone else. BUT, if you want to make sure; send that agent an e-mail terminating any implied or expressed representation and make sure you get acknowledgment back! *by the way, I'm not an attorney, just giving opinion*
Hope that helps!
An agent who shows you a property may not ask you to sign a "Buyer Representation Agreement" beforehand. Generally, they are still entitled to a commission if you purchase a property that they introduce you to... that's called "procurring cause" .
If you are unhappy with an agent you should let them know. If you have signed a Buyers Representation Agreement you should ask them to terminate it by signing a Termination of Buyer's Representation agreement and giving you a copy. If you have not signed an agreement you should still let the agent know that you will be working with someone else, just as a courtesy.
This is all intended only as practical advice, not legal advice. Hope this helps... If you want a copy of the Information About Brokerage Services form which you signed, let me know & I'll email one to you.
I had never heard an agent say that you could not have that signed before property was shown. Any other opinions on this?
So I suggest that if you are not happy with your present agent, then more on. Remember your the "Client" and your agent should represent your best interest... ALWAYS... Best of luck!
Go look for another agen that can help you. Get referrals from people you know.
If you did sign a buyer rep agreement not happy with the service most agents will allow the buyer out of the agreement and sign a release statement. HOWEVER any property they did show you would revert back to that buyers agent if you have closed and caught you could be sued.