Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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I disagree technically. Although it sure is nice and polite to tell the seller you are coming and when... and of course always knock... I believe in the sales agreement the seller has already given permission for the inspection to take place. You cannot tresspass on a property you have permission to enter and are the owner in-equity on (If the buyer has permission he can give it to you, the seller can't give it to you...he/she has already given it to the buyer).
Furthermore, unlike other transactions (like buying a candy bar) where the buyer doesn't own the item until the seller gets paid...a real estate transaction mostly occurs when a contract is executed (both parties agree). A buyer is an owner in-equity the minute the agreement is fully executed. The seller is merely a custodian, responsible for taking care of the buyer's property until closing. The closing is merely a formality where the seller (usually) gives up possession.
You should, as a matter of courtesy, let the seller/listing agent know when your coming though as most sellers think they own their home up until closing...even though they can't borrow on it, burn it, remodel it, or sell it during that time period.