Kim, As has been expressed, Maine law requires that a written agreement be provided to a buyer in order to be authorized to provide buyer representation, which carries with it fiduciary duties such as loyalty,obedience,confidentiality, and the duty to look after the client's interest as if it is your own. The Maine legislature and Maine real estate commission ensured that a written agreement was in place so that you
would have an agent to look after your interests and so that you would have a stated standard by which to judge agent performance, and as guidelines for the agent to ensure that delivery.
Depending on your current relationship and concerns, I would encourage communication with your agent, to express your concerns, so that you can either address & resolve issues to your satisfaction, and decide whether the best course is to create a true buyer agent/client relationship and move forward together, or move on. If you have a written agreement, but not a buyer's agent agreement(there is also a transaction broker agreement for customers), then I would refer to terms within that agreement to address any release
or obligations that may remain in place. Keep the faith, and know that your interests can be well-served
within our marketplace! Best wishes on your new home success, Kim! Jan C