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Are we being too demanding during escrow for asking to enter a house for a few times?

We recently entered an escrow of buying a house.  We are in the 16-day due diligence period. Our agent (buyer agent) has opened the door a few times during the escrow for us.  The first time was for home inspector and a general contractor. The second was for my own inspection on a few items as follow-up.  The third time was for us to evaluate/determine the paint color inside the house.

It had always been slightly difficult to schedule showing, but we got it done. When we requested a 4th visit, he resisted very strongly and said that he was doing his best and couldn't show us the house anymore due to his busy schedule.

We are first time home buyer, so we aren't too sure about what we are asking.  What I want to understand is that whether we are being too demanding for asking to enter the house 4 times during the 16 days.  We still have 30 days left on the escrow after the 16 day period, so we would like to enter the house probably a few more times.

 Any buyer agent can offer some insight on this topic?  Are we being too demanding?  What's the reasonable number of times for people to enter with the buyer agent in your opinion?  
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Legally, you need to read your contract to see if it spells out what is allowed as far as visits before closing.

It's different in different states.  In Georgia, the only restriction is that it has to be at "reasonable" times.  Technically a buyer can inspect as often as they would like.  But like I said, that's in Georgia.  I've seen other contracts that specify things and are more restrictive.

But usually it comes down to respecting everyone's time and privacy.  4 times in 16 days seems like it should be enough time for you.  I can see that many people would start getting somewhat annoyed.

Figure out exactly what information you need and make sure you get it in one visit. If you want people to see it, get them all there at one time. Take a ton of pictures along with measurements.

But the bottom line is that you are supplying the money for the transaction and it's from this money that everyone is getting paid from. You have the power but, remember to be respectful.
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March 27
I don't think your being to demanding. I can see your agent requesting that you try and accomplish as much of what you need to with each visit as to not have to go back to the house more times than necessary but you should be able to get in a 4th or 5th time if need be. 
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June 04
It's not really unusual for a buyer to want to get into a property . When I work in New developments some of the buyers come back much more then 4 times. Unfortunately though,  when it comes to resale, if a person is still living in the property it might be an inconvenience to them. It's always so much better if the house is empty and staged for all parties concerned.
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April 18
Well, I guess it depends. If it is just due to your agent being uncooperative that is one thing, but yes, I have to agree with wetdawgs, a handful of visits seems OK, but you have already been there 4 times....I can understand if the seller is losing a little patience. :)
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March 27
You are probably being more demanding than most, but, gee - when people are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for a property, when an agent is scoring thousands of dollars in fees, I don't think it's a major imposition to go and let you hold up paint chips.

However, I will also add that sellers and listing agents see every potential visit - especially one with a guest - as an opportunity for you find something you don't like, after which you change your mind and try to get out of the contract.

All the best,
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March 27
I can understand your excitement about being a first time homebuyer and I can also understand your agents reluctance to schedule to let you in again.  If the house is empty consider 2 agents are being  disrupted. It is even harder when you are asking residents to vacate for a hour or 2.  Generally we allow access for all Inspections and appraisals and the final walk through. I once had a buyer who insisted on going back in for measurements, another time to hold up paint chips and yet another time for her out of town friend to view.  I had to finally put my foot down.   If your agent is a bit reluctant please understand he might be busy and you might be a bit demanding.
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March 27
Hi Bin,
I think that 4 visits in the first 16 days should be OK unless there are tenants or the owner is sick...  You really need to see the house and neighborhood at different times of the day.  On the other hand, please try to be efficient (deciding on the paint could have been completed in the first three visits) and respectful of everyone's time.
Rick
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March 27
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The situation might be slightly different in this case.

Let's assume the seller is co-operative and ok with us viewing this more.  We mainly have problem with the buyer agent not wanting to spend more time to open the door for us and making more requests.  Would you consider these requests for the buyer agent reasonable?
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March 27
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A seller does not have to let the buyer enter except for agreed upon inspections, as well as let the appraiser come in.   A walk through the empty house before closing is also reasonable, and should have been addressed in your contract.

Requests to visit for determining paint colors etc are not reasonable.  "a few more times" is not reasonable.   Plan on your next visit being the empty walk through just before closing.



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