Q: Almost a month ago we signed a sales contract to sell our home. The buyer put a clause in the contract that says "Conditional upon buyer or his authorized agent inspecting and approving the property." So far, nobody has inspected the house. Our real estate agent says she can't push the buyer too hard, but I think we have given him enough time don't you?
A: Yes. The real estate agent should have insisted on a time limit for the inspection and approval. Without a specific time limit on that buyer's escape clause, if the matter should wind up in litigation, the judge will say the buyer has a "reasonable time." To one judge a reasonable time might be 30 days, another might say 60 days, or still another judge might feel 10 days is reasonable.
Since the buyer has already had over 30 days it would seem reasonable if you and the real estate agent notify the buyer in writing he has 10 additional days to inspect and approve the house or you will consider the condition waived and then proceed to closing of the sale.
In the current buyer's market in most cities, the realty agent is correct not to push the buyer too hard. But you have waited a reasonable time and deserve to know if the sale is going to be completed or not.