You are willing to make a commitment by driving two hours to look at homes that you currently can not purchase but currently you can not complete a transaction.
You have to realise that a REALTORÂ® gets paid for closing sales not showing homes. Showing homes is an expense and in addition costs time.
The sellers also have to vacate the property. There are a number of times I have scheduled showing on properties where the buyer just had to see it now. I have watched as I am waiting at the property families load up in the car or van to vacate the property for a showing. to never have the buyer show up. Many times the reason is "something came up' or 'I forgot'. We are all just trying to be more respectful of everyones time and effort in the process.
Coldwell Banker King Thompson
Most (if not all) sellers ask for a pre-approval to be submitted with offers. That being the case, sellers allow Realtors to show their homes assuming the buyers want to purchase at that time and aren't just looking. (It does take the seller some time to make sure their homes look nice/neat for each showing). Asking for a pre-approval shows the seriousness of the buyers and weeds out the looky loos.