Saw potential future ppor house we love - would like to buy it given our conditions are met Auction is scheduled. 1. If vendor accepts offer prior to auction will they save auctioneer etc cost? ie is there any reason to accept a price below what their "best case scenario" or hoped for one is? To further clarify, hubby and I have strong reasons for not being able to bid at auction, which we're sure the agent will understand. So it's either an offer prior or no offer (or maybe an offer after if the auction falls through) 2. Sales campaign is quite short ie only 3 weeks vs 6 weeks I've seen for comparable properties. Is this indicative of anything eg vendor in a hurry to sell? 3. We prefer a longer settlement, what is the longest settlement you've offered that the vendor accepted (or heard of accepting)? We will likely offer a slightly higher price in exchange for longer settlement.