However, you may feel strongly that you would rather not be in a multi-offer situation.
Third Tip: Act fast – make your offer early.
This is to prevent competition for your dream St Heliers home and make sure that your agent has ample time to arrange a meeting in order to present the offer to the vendor.
Although some buyers may wish to insert a ‘sunset clause’ (i.e. an expiry time for the offer) into their agreement, I would suggest that the easier thing to do is to let your salesperson know that you do not wish to be in a multi-offer situation. If it turns to that, you would immediately pull out.
The listing salesperson should respect your wishes and convey that to the vendor so that he/she can make his or her decision about your offer in light of that.
If you have a sunset clause, the salesperson must present the offer to the seller to consider it before it expires. However, inserting a sunset clause might put too much pressure on the vendor who might need a night or two just to think through their situation and decide whether to accept your offer. Give them the space and time to deliberate and if they decline your offer and have others come forward, then let that choice be theirs.