Charles Tarbey, Owning and managing director, CENTURY 21
If you're considering making an offer to purchase a property, there are a few things you can do to beat other potential buyers.
When you're negotiating to purchase a property the most important part of the transaction is you need to be ready. You need to be in a position to sign a contract there and then. Most of the important transactions are done on the spot and if you want something to happen, you need to be able to say to the agent that you'll sign a contract now at a set price and pay the largest amount of deposit you can. If I were to pay 10% deposit, that's showing that I'm serious. So if I say to the agent "I'll sign a contract, I'll pay the 10% now, you go and present my offer today or I'll wait in your office while you do it", that has a very, very powerful message to the seller. And the seller then knows that if they are willing to sign a contract on that spot, they're going to get a result today.