i am looking at purchasing a house in a commercial zone .Currently empty and previous use includes offices, residential. I plan to convert the house into medical consulting rooms for medical gp, chiropractor or physio etc. so I will need a permit. The house is for sale by expression of interest. My questions are 1. How will you approach expression of interest sale. Should I put in an offer ASAP or wait till last minute before closing. My thinking is if I put in ASAP, I won't miss out just in case vendor decided to sell early. I also think of putting in last minute so the agent can't tell other clients what I offer. What would you do? 2. Should I put in my very best offer or should I hold back so the agent might come back with a slightly higher figure that the vendor wants and negotiate with me. 3. I am also going to engage a town planner to apply for permit. Should I engage the town planner now and hope the permit turns up before closing date or should I put in an offer subject to finance and permit approval and wait. If the vendor accepts my offer then I engage the town planner to apply for permit? Can Anyone with experience help to give some advice?