I agree, I dont like being the local Taxi service. Its such a demoralizing feeling when you sacrafice time with your family for buyers that are not serious.
If the listing in mine I will always go out and show it because as the Selles agent I think that its my job to open the door to potential buyers. If Buyers come to me wanting to see properties that are not my listings I ask them these Questions.
1. Are you working with an agent ?
2. Are you willing to sign a buyers broker agreement which states that if you like any of the homes I show you, you will have me represent you in the transaction?
3. Have you met with a Lender to see what you qualify for?
If they have a lender I tell them I will need to be in contact with him/her so that I can request a letter verifing the approval.I explaine that Sellers want to know that the person looking at thier home is qualified to buy it.
If a buyer refuses to sign the agreement and will not give me the name of thier lender,or will not talk with my lender, then they dont get to work with me.
The only time I am willing to take someone out blind is if they have been reffered to me by a trusted source.
I generally meet my buyers at the property, so I don't often give buyers a free ride "in my car." I have, however, been "taken for a ride" by investing time with people who were not really buyers.
I would be interested to hear what what other Realtors, buyers, and sellers think a Realtor should do when they receive a call, and the caller says, "I am in front of the house now, can you come show me now? If not you, can someone else come over and open the door in the next few minutes?"