Interesting points made in an article at This Is Money I agree thats its not so much a buyers' market, as a vendors refusing to sell market I'm a first time buyer and have found agents/vendors to be totally against negotiation at the moment, so what's the feckin' point of estate agents giving most of their guys the [expletive removed by admin. Careful ] job title of "negotiator"!! Recent offers have not been accepted and the best I've been getting is just 2.2% off asking price. Have also found agents to be total @r$hol$ in that they don't bother calling back with negative feedback on an offer.... what if I'm up for negotiating??? Prices are dropping, FACT! So vendors should either take their properties off the market or price them realistically otherwise they are wasting potential buyers' time - estate agents should be sorting this out and stop misleading vendors and buyers alike, but what are the chances of finding a helpful estate agent? There's no way I'm going to be lumbered with negative equity if I can help it. Anyone in the same boat?? Anyone been to property auctions and bought their house this way? - any feedback on how this went? Typical state of properties?