Finding houses is easy - real estate agents want it that way. We put signs up and arrows pointing to them and everything. So finding houses is a sanp.
Where an agent really gets useful is in their role as a guide, helping you evaluate the homes and neighborhoods for your particular lifestyle and desires. That's the agent you should be working with - and if they're good at that, I'd forgive them the fact that they're not accessible 24/7 - or even, 8/5!
One thing to clear up with your new agent, however, will be - how do you communicate best: phone, texting, email, smoke signals, whatever.
May I ask what is your Finance status? Are you pre approved?
Good luck and find someone that answer your questions and returns emails/calls.
Do him a favor and explain the reason you do not want to work with him.
You can do as you wish. If you are unhappy with your Realtor yes you can change. If you have signed an agreement with them simply contact the firm preferably in writing, email, or fax and terminate the agreement. Now if they showed you a home and you go into that same home with another Realtor there maybe some issues with procurring cause and the commissions but that can be worked out by the two agents.
Hope this helps,
Good luck & congrats on becoming a future homeowner!
Of course you can! From what you have written here, you are not yet under contract with the agent and if he is not providing the type of service you expect, you have every right to work with someone who does!
Interview one agent or several to find a REALTOR that you enjoy working with and who will answer your calls, emails and questions in a timely manner. As soon as you find one that you really WANT to work with, sign an agreement for buyer's representation and stick with that agent!
Good luck with your home search!
It is ok to talk to a couple agents before signing an agreement & you can even see homes with them once or twice to feel them out. If an agent is pushing you to sign a contract right at the beginning, you can always ask them to hold off until you feel comfortable or go find a different agent. There are many of us around.
If I can be of assistance, please le tme know.
In the state of Georgia either party may terminate an Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement simply by notifying the other party. I would think it may be similar in your state.
I hope you find a Realtor who gives you the service you deserve.
Good Luck in your home search!
Regret to hear you are having so many issues within one month. Clearly based on the lack of responsiveness
From your potential agent and lack of detailed information you need to move on.
You need to sit down and interview agents about three or so. Get a few referrals, go to some open houses and see how agents act and whether there is a fit. Also consider some on this board who are writing to you.
So go ahead and make the change. Trust you are pre approved, if not you should do so before you get a new Realtor. This then determines what you can buy and can make an offer effectively when a home that you covet comes along.
As others here have stated you can terminate the agreement if you signed one. You want to work with someone who wants to work with you and this guy doesn't seem to fit the bill.
I agree interview other agents, ask them how they keep in touch with their clients and let them know what you have experienced, most of us do not want anyone to think poorly of Realtors and will bend over backwards to make sure you are well taken care of from now on.
As for the information being on Trulia, that is not surprising as the information is coming from the MLS, the difference should be that the agent will save you time searching for the information.
If you are in the Houston are give me a call, I promise to keep in touch.
Of course, I'd like it to be ME, but in your own best interests, shop around~
In some buyer agent contracts, the company may have some kind of clause dealing with this type of situation. When I was an Exclusive Buyer Agent we had a clause that the contract could be cancelled at any time by either party (yes, we could "fire" buyers just like they could "fire" us). So check your contract for language. Likely you will need a cancellation that is signed by both of you.
And as the others have stated, if there is no agreement in writing this person is not "your agent" anyway. A written agreement is required to legally represent a buyer in Minnesota.
If you talk the broker, the broker may encourage you to stay with the current agent. Failing that, he'll probably encourage you to work with another agent in his office. And that can be OK. Just go through an interview process with several agents (whether in that office or elsewhere) and choose the one you're most compatible with. (There are lots of threads here on Trulia on how to select an agent.)
Hope that helps.
I would just be up front with him and tell him that the relationship is not working out and you would like a cancellation. Understand that buyer agreements are usually exclusive to that one agent (actually his firm). It is a contract so it needs to be addressed.
If you don't have a contract then you don't have to do anything. He is not (by law) "your" Realtor. But a courtesy call or email would be appropriate.
I'm sorry to hear about your experience with that particular Realtor. You can change Realtors at any time especially if you haven't signed a Buyer's Representative Agreement. If you have and you're unhappy with his services (or lack of), then you can put in writing that you want to cancel the agreement.
Going forward, I would recommend meeting with at least a couple of Realtors to interview them and see which one you feel most comfortable with.
I hope this helps.