D & C,
Hello and good morning. Sorry to hear your agent is MIA. Unfortunately all realtors are not created equally. To answer your question, 1st it totally depends on what type of agreement you signed. For example, my agreement allows you out of it at any time, all you need to do is send an email, and request to discontinue the agreement. I believe no one should be forced to work with an agent. "Talk about a miserable time finding you a home." Although I am quite unique in that I give a large % of my commission to my buyers, so I have less to lose. Some agents use the Residential Buyer Representation Agreement- TAR- 1501, and it is up to their broker if they will allow you to cancel earlier than the expiration date on the contract. You may be able to request another agent from that same office, as the agreement is with the broker, not the agent!
Good luck, and if you have any questions feel free to send me an email, as I gladly give advice to buyers...
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