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How does one politely but legally terminate a REALTOR?

How does an active buyer end a Realtor relationship with a seller's agent for non-performance and insincerity; while continuing to try and purchase the same properties in the same neighborhoods?

 

What legal claim does a seller's agent have on us, the buyer, when we have reached the point of "completely fed up already!"?
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April 06 2011 - New Braunfels
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You can talk to their broker if they are not providing you the services they promised, but always terminate an agent in writing and include the reasons that you feel that they breached their contract with you.

It is also smart to get a termination of the representation in writing from the agent so you are legally free to hire another agent immediately.
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September 17 2012

The sellers agent is working for the seller & not representing your needs. Do you have the Information on Brokerage services the agent gave you on first contact, which explains the various roles of a real estate agent?  If you feel you are not being treated fairly contact the agents broker immediatly and explain how you are feeling.  If you do not want representation from the same company you are free to seek your own representation, you can ask new agent to pay referal to previous agent for their work thus far.

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September 17 2012
You might consider doing this....go to the agent's broker in charge and ask that you be given another Realtor in the office. Explain why you are unhappy, this could be a good learning experience for the agent you want to release. Hope this helps. 
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November 26 2011
There definitely is no catch all answer to this one. If you never signed a buyers representation agreement with an agent then you are not obligated to an agent. Verbal contracts are not valid in real estate in Texas, though people should always honor their word. In your question you stated, continue to purchase, are you under contract?
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November 26 2011
It seems the others have answered this pretty well.  Honesty is always the best policy.  Any agent with any integrity will gladly let an unhappy client out of an agreement.  It's better to cut your losses then to try to force someone to stay with you after they are already unhappy.

I noticed you posted this specifically in the NB area.  I am the President of the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of Realtors this year and I'm happy to help any way I can.

Best of luck to you!
Aka
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April 11 2011
If you are the buyer, you have no responsibility to the seller's agent, nor they to you. They have fiduciary responsibility to the seller, not you. You should have a buyer's agent, which works for you.

Do you mean "Buyer's Agent"? If so, have a very frank discussion with them telling them your concerns, and that you don't think there's any remedy, and that you want to terminate the relationship. If you have a Buyer-Broker agreement, ask for them to terminate the contract.

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April 07 2011

Do you have the "seller's agent" listing under contract?  It sounds like you are not working with a buyer's agent to protect your interests; therefore, if you're trying to terminate a contract, you need to consult a local real estate attorney to review your paperwork.

Otherwise, if you haven't signed a buyer's rep agreement with an agent, you're free to shop wherever you want.  Going forward, I would suggest having someone on your side to protect your interests.  Interview a few agents and pick one you trust to have your back throughout the entire transaction!  It could save you thousands of dollars in the end.

Good luck,
The Nyland Team

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April 07 2011
If they are the seller's agent then they don't represent you and they have been working for the seller all along. 

If you didn't sign a buyer's representation agreement with this agent, you have no obligation to them.  You don't have to explain yourself to them either.

Good luck and I'm sorry for your poor experience.

Naima
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April 06 2011
 
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