If it is a free capitalist society, and we are free to walk away at a certain price point - it’s amazing how the EAs don’t like it when you apply those principles while they are trying to gouge you.
When I was bidding on our house, I was actually bidding on two properties at the same time - the only difficulty for me was that they were both listed with the same EA office. Not ideal.
Still, it took the EAs in that office about 2 weeks to realise that we were bidding on two of their properties… at which point I got a phone call and a lecture down the phone that this “was not right. You can’t bid on two properties. Which one do you want?”
I said I liked both, but that both were not worth the same to me - I placed a different value on them. And I was likely to continue to bid on each of them until the bid price exceeded what we thought was good value for them. This would be a different number for each property.
This didn’t sink in at all.
I then was asked, “well, what’s your budget? You can’t buy both! Someone is going to be let down here!”
I said that person might be me - I don’t know what they’ll both sell for in the end.
I said it didn’t matter what our budget was - as our budget would cover what we thought good value was for the properties. Either of them. I still had to be polite in all of this as I was trying to buy a house from these guys.
All the same, it was still a bit ‘Father Dougal and the cows’ scenario.
Note: We bought property B, which was the second one on their listings. It was more expensive than property A. We withdrew from bidding on A when it went above what we thought it was worth to us… at which point the EA for that property essentially abused me down the phone for stopping bidding even though I had “gone higher on the other property”…
I had to just stay silent. Glad I’m out of it for the last 5 years, but I’m sure it’s all in my future again at some point.