08 Oct Ethics and avoiding a bidding war
Since I've been coming out short on any of the bidding wars I've been in, I have a question about ethics.
So, if I put in an offer on a house and the listing agent comes back and says they've received multiple offers and that we need to put in our best offer (i.e. a second, higher offer) by a set time. Thus, a bidding war.
In order to avoid the foolishness, is it ethical (by agent standards), for my buyers agent to ask the listing agent to have the sellers set a new asking price on the house or to look over the current offers and then present a counteroffer to me specifically?
As I see it, bidding wars are not automatic or required. The seller could just make a decision from all of the current submitted offers. A seller could pull any of the current offers and do a counteroffer. Isn't that true?
Is there anything my agent can do ethically that can give me some sort of advantage or control?