Submitted a letter of offer on Monday for a property that goes to auction next Saturday. The offer was 455k unconditional but the agent came back saying the vendor was looking for at least 465k but if we went to 460k we could probably get it. We came back with 458k which the agent said he was happy to submit to the vendor but thought it would be best to submit the offer on a contract to show the vendor it was a serious offer. The agent organised a time to meet with us to sign the contract the next day but when he arrived he said we can't sign without a solicitor present as we are waiving our cooling off period due to it being a sale before auction and also we should wait for the result of the building inspection which is happening tomorrow. Why would he fail to mention the solicitor part before making the effort to come and see us just to put our names on the contract? Am I reading too much into it?