1) It sounds like they didn't ask when it was convenient to stop by, they just came by and did the inspections.
2) You can ignore the reports but they are important when making disclosures to the next buyer if this buyer doesn't close.
3) Your agent can ignore them too.
Are these answers good common sense? No. Read the reports. It's in your best interest to do so. In regards to #1 in particular, polite behaviour is sometimes lacking in a real estate transaction.
Generally a seller is obligated to grant 'reasonable access' to the buyer for any additional inspections the buyer may desire. The buyer may, in fact, remove all of their contingencies and continue to obtain additional inspections even up to the close of escrow. Do people do that? Sometimes. They may be getting bids or a second opinion for repairs to the foundation and the termite problems. Or the roof, or the kitchen, or just about anything.
Is it going to close or do you foresee the buyer coming back and asking for repairs or credits despite buying it as-is?
Many times a buyer finds new items at the property that were previously undisclosed and unknown to the seller and the listing agent at the time the contract was accepted. At this point 3 things can happen:
1) The buyer can request the new items be repaired or be given a credit.
2) The buyer can inform the seller that they will not be removing their contingency and effectively the sale will end up being canceled.
3) The buyer can close escrow with the newly discovered defects and not have any repairs or credits given.
Usually #1 or #3 end up being the result. #2 leaves a seller with new items to disclose to the next buyer. This could cause harm to the seller by way of a delay in finding a new buyer and potentially receiving a lower price for the property.
If the seller says no to #1 the buyer has the choice of closing or canceling. Then the seller has to consider what might happen if they end up with #2.
Your agent will (hopefully) be able to advise further on these issues and the consequences that may follow depending on your actions.
Or it may just close with both parties being satisfied with the deal.
Reading the contract and having your agent explain it is truly important. If your agent can't do that, have a competent real estate attorney advise you. Not just any attorney but someone who specializes in residential real estate issues in Silicon Valley. That rules out friends, family members, and others who know enough to be dangerous but not helpful.
Mark Burns, Realtor
Coldwell Banker - Premier
President - PRDS. Contracts and forms for Silicon Valley Real Estate 2008, 2009
President - Silicon Valley Association of Realtors 2007
DRE # 00896552 licensed since 1985