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    • bxboards
    • By bxboards 19th May 17, 2:34 PM
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    Online agent - suspect 'fake' offer (no sale no fee)
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    • 19th May 17, 2:34 PM
    Online agent - suspect 'fake' offer (no sale no fee) 19th May 17 at 2:34 PM
    Hello

    Around 3 months ago I listed a property with an online agent under a no sale no fee basis. There was a set up fee payable in advance, which is reclaimable if there has been no offer within 91 days.

    Today is day 89 or 90 (went live around 19th / 20th Feb) and I have had an 'offer' of 4k below asking price.

    My issue is that the 'person' offering has never even viewed the property! I phoned the online agent, and they said is was unusual, and after calling the alleged buyer, I was told they were based overseas.

    I have to say, too be totally honest, this feels like bogus offer as I can't imagine someone is going to upsticks from the continent and buy a house they have never even seen. This offer may also be a way of avoid refunding the refundable set up fee if no offer after 91 days my cynical side says...

    Thoughts...does anyone think it's plausible I have a genuine offer from someone outside the UK who has never ever viewed it?
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    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 9th Jul 17, 12:48 AM
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    Ask for details of their in-house complaints procedure. I expect you'll have to complete that before taking it further.

    Good luck!
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    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 9th Jul 17, 1:18 AM
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    If what you suspect is correct - i.e. they 'made up' an offer to avoid refunding your fee...

    ... that would be fraud by false representation, which is a criminal offence.

    Whether or not I planned to report them, I think I'd try pushing the EA a bit further, by asking the EA for an email address and phone number of the buyer, to discuss completion dates etc.
    • jimbog
    • By jimbog 9th Jul 17, 9:19 AM
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    If what you suspect is correct - i.e. they 'made up' an offer to avoid refunding your fee...

    ... that would be fraud by false representation, which is a criminal offence.

    Whether or not I planned to report them, I think I'd try pushing the EA a bit further, by asking the EA for an email address and phone number of the buyer, to discuss completion dates etc.
    Originally posted by eddddy
    Good idea. They are supposed to be working for you so you have that right.
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