Some buyers are tempted to adopt an aggressive attitude to a sellers’ market, but charm and humanity should not be underestimated.

How to get ahead of the competition

Buyers can put themselves in the best position by:

  • Being prepared to drop everything and view at a moment’s notice;
  • Stay calm, be polite however stressed out you feel by constantly chasing after property that sells soon after you’ve looked at it;
  • Don’t take your frustrations out on the vendor or the agent;
  • Put effort into your relationships with the selling agents, you want to be at the top of the list of who they call when a property falls through.
  • Put as much effort into viewing in the colder shorter autumn days as you did in the summer months.
  • Timing is always an issue when it comes to buying in the autumn. If the vendors don’t want to complete before Christmas, don’t let it put you off; moving into a property immediately prior to Christmas can be overwhelming, give yourself a break and let somebody else host this year.

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