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bloody estate agents!

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noddyholder Wed 21-Sep-11 16:05:36

I went to see a house yesterday needing masses of work but area we love and lots of potential. The agent said to me that there was already a full asking offer on it. When I asked why they didn't accept it he said the people who made the offer were abroad and they couldn't make contact and decided to keep marketing it. Tbh it is worth less but I did love it so this morning offered the same and agent said he would get back to me. An hour later he rang and said the vendor would go with us but only if we used the agents solicitor I said no I have never heard of a seller telling a buyer who to use for conveyancing and told him to go with the other offer. So many lies! Now I think there was no other buyer and they just lied about that and I know they want the commission from using their solicitor and probably the vendor has not had anything to do with it! I am so cross such bloody liars!

lalalonglegs Wed 21-Sep-11 16:20:21

Don't be cross, noddy, they'll probably be back in a few days' time with a cock and bull story about the "other buyers" not being able to proceed. Lower your offer and laugh all the way to the bank.

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 21-Sep-11 16:21:43

I hope you said "what the actual fuck?"

noddyholder Wed 21-Sep-11 17:20:35

grin He has been ringing my mobile non stop!

cjbartlett Wed 21-Sep-11 17:23:31

congratulations on your new purchase grin

NoseyNooNoo Thu 22-Sep-11 09:39:30

Let the EA stew on it. I'd be very tempted to lower the offer when you finally get back in touch over the weekend.

mylovelymonster Thu 22-Sep-11 14:09:08

Noddy!! Did the first asking price offer actually exist?
You are experienced in such things, so best professional pants on.
You will withdraw your offer, and make an offer based on what you at first thought it might be worth (a bit less - think that was your phrase) and you will use your own solicitor, thankyou very much. (Bunch of arseholes).

Don't get drawn into their games and schemes.

You have what they want - your money. There is always another house out there. Be tough!!

noddyholder Thu 22-Sep-11 14:20:40

I have not returned his calls at all! Emailed with a revised offer as I did know that offer one was likely to be 'fake' but I knew the place was for me! Will leave it now. I think the market is faltering tbh. Just moved into a rented house as our original purchase fell through just before exchange! Now that house is being re offered to us! What a bloody cheek after the hell they put us through

Indaba Fri 23-Sep-11 23:02:30

well dodgy they tell you to use particular conveyencer...naughty EA!

narmada Sat 24-Sep-11 14:36:31

Bunch of shysters. The sooner estate agency is properly regulated, the better. It exists in its own moral universe, second only to used car dealerships.

holidaysoon Sat 24-Sep-11 14:40:32

PMSL at vendor telling you to use agents solicitor
be pleased you look like you were born yesterday and now you KNOW the other offer doesn't exist

i agree completely about proper regulation can't come soon enough (IMHO)

bemybebe Sat 24-Sep-11 14:42:12

i think you are wise to revise the offer (does anyone offer the asking price these days???)

we are about to exchange on our house, but the markets are going mad, growth is falling, Euro... well you know the story. i am seriously thinking of pulling now as (apart from some horrible health news that make everything go on the background) market is heading nowhere fast.

bemybebe Sat 24-Sep-11 14:43:13

i am seriously thinking of pulling now as (apart from some horrible health news that make everything go on the background) I am afraid we are overpaying and the market is heading nowhere fast.

narmada Sat 24-Sep-11 14:48:44

oh I'm glad it's not just me, holidaysoon smile. Are there any countries where estate agency is properly regulated?? I bet it is in Sweden/ Finland/ Norway.

holidaysoon Sat 24-Sep-11 15:01:48

Would probably be those Nordic ones wouldn't it.

I think there's a little bit of me that wants to live there

oh and Paris grin

narmada Sat 24-Sep-11 15:05:21

Oh I definitely want to live there. No jobs for me, unfortunately sad

Sorry for thread hijack OP.

noddyholder Sat 24-Sep-11 15:42:26

The guy got a bit of a shock when his colleague told him I have been developing houses for years. No one does offer the asking price but this is a serious bargain and a serious wreck! So even at the asking it would be a great investment and home. Have left the revised offer for a week and will then think again. Looking at the economy I think they should bite my hand off but estate agents aren't the sharpest tool in the box!

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