Question posted Aug 2012.
When a REALTOR agrees to help a homeowner sell their home, they also agree that only qualified buyers will be entering the home. Owners do not want their home on the 'entertainment' circuit of lookey-loos, tire-kickers, and nosy neighbors or the competitor down the street.
This is achieved by professionals having an EXPECTATION that other professional are doing their job and verifying their buyer is financially able to make a purchase. This is STEP #1 of every buyer agent training.
As you can see from the responses, many buyer agents are failing to uphold their end of the expectation and parading unqualified buyers through the private residences of expectant sellers.
If I know you have not been vetted as a buyer, and want to enter the home of a buyer who has hired me to help them, you will not be granted access.
This is a business, not a hobby.
If you are a serious buyer, get your money in order, then start looking.