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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 06:09 AM   1
lau86
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Do estate agents tell lies?


We want a house but feel it is overpriced. We put an offer in below the asking price and the estate agent said she would write a letter recommending they accept. The house is being dealt with by a solicitor as the owner died. Now the estate agent has said another offer has come in, higher than ours. But she did say it's between x and x. I don't know why an estate agent would write a letter recommending they accept if there were other interested people? I guess if that's the case it's just going to be a matter of who will pay more, I believe we're both in the same position. Do estate agents lie?! Every forum I've read says they do but idk it just seems a bit immoral?



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 06:49 AM   2
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In my experience yes, they will do anything that they can get away with to make a sale



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 07:05 AM   3
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Yes they lie but I don't think they can see there's been another offer if it's not true

Saying that our agent accepted an offer without asking us which caused our other buyers to drop out then the people with the later offer pulled out too so I don't trust them at all. Needless to say we switched agents at this point!



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 09:30 AM   4
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I work in an Estate Agents. I can safely say that we don't lie! I can't say that others don't lie though.

I'm not sure why they would write a letter recommending an offer is accepted, if like you say, there was another interested party. Unless your offer was received then someone else booked into view the property and put an offer in straight away? The other party may have been informed that there was an offer pending. We are allowed to inform parties that there is an offer on the table but we are not allowed to say what the amount is.

Once we get an offer accepted and solicitors are instructed, we no longer allow viewings. We take names & numbers of interested parties incase the sale falls through.



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 09:36 AM   5
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Wish we'd have had your estate agents Lindsey!

I'm still fuming about ours years later. Never did sell and having to rent it now. I did wonder at the time if there was some kind of ombudsman we could have reported them to but too late now I guess



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 09:40 AM   6
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But just to also add lau when we bought our current home the agents made out our offer was really cheeky and got really huffy about me asking loads of questions. I believe their actual words were 'are you serious about making an offer'. The valuation then matched pretty much what we've offered and suddenly they changed their tune and started saying it was a good offer and they'd recommend she accept. Maybe my experience just hasn't been the best



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 14:30 PM   7
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The property has been in for about a month, today she said another party has exchanged in there's and that's why they're going to get it as they're ready to move. She also said the other party put theirs on specifically to buy that house, so both can't be true unless they've done surveys signed and exchanged in a month.
I think basically we aren't going to get the house, we lost out on a house two years ago too. Just feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. But hey ho that's life I guess



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 14:44 PM   8
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Very interesting



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 12:58 PM   9
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So yeah After getting in a bit of a bidding war yesterday the other couple offered more. But today a different estate agent has told us they haven't completed on their house at all!! I don't know what's going on. She was supposed to ring back clarifying what was happening but hasn't.



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 13:11 PM   10
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How annoying! I hope that you hear back soon.



 
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