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Prepare your finances: it is always a good idea to have your finances in place before you start looking at properties. Approaching an agent with a 'mortgage in principle' from your lender might give you an edge over other potential buyers and the estate agents will view you as a serious buyer.
Sometimes local housing market trends vary from the broader national trends. A good local agent can help you identify trends in certain areas which can help in finding suitably priced houses for the area. Once a property is found always take a walk around the local area surrounding the property.
Understand what is included in the purchase price: additional fees relating to white goods and removable furnishings are much more common in today's market and may even be used as a negotiating tool. Therefore, it is vital to check the sales particulars to see what specifics are included. Generally, white goods that are integrated or plumbed in are included, but that's not always the case.
Record details of any phone conversations, including who you spoke to, on what date and what was said. This will help to avoid any disputes further down the line if something you'd thought was agreed is later denied.
Don't bid too low: offering a substantially lower price could increase the risk of you losing your chosen property and could position you as a nuisance buyer who is not serious about purchasing. Make a sensible offer based on the guide price and be prepared to negotiate.
This can be discussed with the agent over the phone or in person at the estate agent's office. If you have offered the asking price, request that the property is taken off the market immediately.