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Mr Green says: Ah, this is a really hard one. Although this is a very well known, and rather dirty, estate agency trick, you have no way in knowing if they are fibbing or not. My advice would be to assume that they are fibbing and to offer in a way you would be happiest. This is far easier said than done when you find a house you really like. I’ve found in this game that honesty really is the best policy, so just be honest, do what you feel is the best for yourselves and hope for the best. You can’t stop someone else paying more for a house you love than you’re prepared to………. Simon.
Mr Green says: If you have a beautiful property, they’re incredibly important. Having photographs that at the very worst do your property justice are essential. Never ever let your property go live on the internet without it looking its best in the pictures.
Mr Green says: The answer is that you do not need a solicitor to act for you when you buy a property unless you are getting a mortgage when the lender will require a solicitor to act to safeguard its interest. One employs a solicitor because most people do not know how the process works and importantly do not know what to look for when buying. There are books which take one through the process, but I would suggest that for what is not a large outlay (bearing in mind the price of most properties) it is better to be safe and to employ someone who knows what they are doing. Get it wrong and it can be a very expensive mistake. Paul Jaskolski, Genesis Solicitors.View all questions