If in doubt.... Kick them out. Period don't even spend time asking the question. Firing an agent is pretty easy. And the minute you are not comfortable with one, you should fire them. Unless they are bringing you properties that are not on the market, or the best at negotiations (meaning you always get the price you offer) they are a dime a dozen. Any contract can be broken for this reason alone. Just give notice (fax) stating you are no longer in need of their services and any current/pending agreements are no longer valid and void.
I have been in the industry, been successful (40+ employees), and sold my company before the downturn. So trust me when I say you will spend more time on this project than you agent. So if you are not comfortable say bye-bye.
Keep this in mind... this person is making approx 3% of the cost of the purchase so approximately $3,000 for every $100,000. With a typical house selling at $500,000 that is $15,000. Lets say your agent puts 60hrs of total time into a purchase,thats looking at multiple properties, negotiating, closing etc.
Is your agent worth $375.00 an hour? Thats more than most lawyers charge.
I will give you some inside info now...
1.)All of the legal contracts, agreements your agent will use are avail online for ANYONE to access and use FREE. You just plug in your personal info and waala.
2.)Most tips on negotiating are avail online. And you can negotiate directly with the sellers agent and pay your self $375.00 for your time.
3.) You can look at homes without an agent by calling the listing agent in advance. (remember they are also making 3%)
But if not comfortable with doing it your self I tell everyone... "FIRE your agent and find another, immediately". This time before you sign with an agent ask for references demonstrating his/her ability to negotiate. Call those refences and make sure they are not personal friends who are making the agent sound unnecessarily good. And don't be afraid to ask the reference the tough questions like (how much money did the agent save them in the negotiation phase?)
I probably just made many people mad and defensive, but sometimes the truth hurts. Good luck in the house hunt. Its a great time to buy.