Show the agent you know the market.  If you have done your homework on other similar properties in the area, you can use this to demonstrate that you have knowledge and choices in your house selection.  This means showing as little of your hand when viewing a house as possible – do not show that you have just found the home of your dreams!  By all means confirm that it’s a possible but only that.

An estate agent will often claim that there is a lot of other interest to force your hand but

  • resist the temptation to immediately offer the asking price to secure the property.
  • think about all the knowledge you have built up very carefully.

Remember, show the estate agent that you know the market and have choices!

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Simpler Tip.  Let the seller know you have options, and they may be more amenable to negotiation.