I usually have a few problems when making an offer that i need some advice on. 1)The agent collects my offer eg 510,001 and then strings me along whilst finding other offers 2)Now the offer is made the agent will call all other parties who had any interest and notify them that they have had written or verbal offers I think for the first problem i can state my offer is valid for 24hrs and then make it clear im walking. Is this the best way to handle the situation and sound professional AND also legit (motorvated buyer). I dont want to make enemies since i may need the RE agent for other deals. The second problem is the agent now has my written offer which he will use to entice other buyers to put in their offer. eg RE Agent could say to all other interested parties 'We already have a written offer near the asking price' -> which may not be true as the definition of 'near' is not clear. Or 'We have an offer in the 510,000's ' . -> This is a 10k range and the buyer may then put in an offer > 520,000. Why is this a problem? Because some houses usually sit on the market with no activity and all of a sudden i've created a panic by creating an interest/demand for the property. Is there a way to avoid this so i can just wait a few months for the price to drop so the vendor will get more desperate and later accept the same offer again. ? ie. How do i start negioating a price without putting in a written/verbal offer so the agent cannot legally tell other interested parties that an offer has been made?