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HouseHunterrr Sat 01-Oct-16 14:16:30

We saw a house yesterday and the agent called today to say if we wanted a second viewing, the vendor wants meet us to discuss 'a deal'. The vendor doesn't live there so would be making a special trip. Is this weird? Shouldn't the negotiations go through the agent?

The background is that the house has been on the market for over a year in a buoyant area and has already been massively reduced (20%) but is still clearly overpriced.

I am not keen to meet the vendor, I want to have a proper look round without him badgering and I'm questioning his motives in wanting to discuss with us directly. Or is this perfectly normal and potential buyers being checked out by the vendor is the done thing? Not sure how much to push back to the agent on this. The vendor is clearly a bit delusional about how much his house is worth and it seems a bit sinister that he wants to size us up for negotiations. Or am I paranoid?

YelloDraw Sat 01-Oct-16 14:21:27

Yeah bit strange. Maybe ask the EA of the vendor can meet you after you've done the viewing?

Haggisfish Sat 01-Oct-16 14:22:55

Not sure. Might just be they don't want to fanny round hammering out a deal via solicitors and agents-personally I'd rather have met a vendor and discussed an offer face to face!

whirlygirly Sat 01-Oct-16 14:24:06

It would put me off tbh. I'd insist on second viewing being done without them there if possible.

Although I'm now quite curious and think you should meet them and report back grin

HouseHunterrr Sat 01-Oct-16 16:18:08

Sorry whirly, I'm not going to put myself through an excruciating encounter with the vendor just to report back grin

Thing is, the vendor is totally jumping the gun, we've given no indication we want to put in an offer and I wonder if he wants to try and point out all the 'great' features and convince us it's worth paying over the odds for. I'll speak to the agent and see if I can get any more info, they've had it on their books for so long they'll probably agree to anything!

DiegeticMuch Sat 01-Oct-16 16:24:09

That's unusual! I'd be very curious though....

MalcolmTuckersEyebrows Sat 01-Oct-16 16:43:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HouseHunterrr Sat 01-Oct-16 17:30:17

We're sort of interested in the house, we're new to the area so looking at lots of things and this one was nice but not amazing. I hadn't said anything to the agent about wanting a second viewing though, they rang me out of the blue about the vendor wanting to meet us.

I think it must just be the price putting people off, it's described as having 'luxury interiors' when actually it's all a bit cheap and tired looking. Surely the vendor knows that they can't pass off basic Ikea units and cracking laminate as 'luxury'? I don't really see it as my job to tell them though, I've already told the agent we thought it needed a lot of work for the price they want. I'm not keen on an awkward encounter with him talking about how beautiful everything is and us going 'erm no its shit and we'd rip everything out'. Clearly I wouldn't be that rude to his face but it would be a very odd situation.
I did not detect any unpleasant odours though smile

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