Many real estate professionals, when they are hired by home owners to help in the sale of their house, make a commitment to the owner that only REAL QUALIFED BUYERS will enter their home. These agents assure the home owner their home will not be placed on the entertainment circuit of the curious and those who feel the need to spend time.
The agent you call, (the listing agent) will vet you to assure you are not a time waster, are serious and qualified. They wil lneed to determine if you are financally qualified to buy a home. They will asssess if THIS home is within your abiility to purchase. They will determine if you are a real buyer or just a tire kicker ("I'm not ready to buy now but do want to look around and see what's out there.")
When dealing with agents of integrity, you must accept the fact you will be required to go through the vetting process with every home you want to see. Or, you can do it just one time and hire a real
estate professional who can find and will be authorized to show you exactly what you want......if you know what you want.
As 'buyinchicago' suggested, some listing agents simply are not interested in vetting a buyer.
It is your decision to make. As you may realize there is an easy way or a way of difficulty and frustration. It's your choice to make.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL