Just so you know one of the large estate agents has repeatedly failed to get back to me about a property that has been for sale for around 6 months.
I haven't walked into their offices and demanded details but I have e-mailed them on a number of occasions fully outlining I have a mortgage agreement, am not in a chain and the flat is within my budget and required area. I am not going to beg, there are lots of flats out there!
This flat is now under offer but I would imagine for quite a lot less than the asking price.
I wonder if I am being pig headed by not desperately chasing the agency but surely they are paid to market the property and speak to interested potential buyers. Not just to put a property on a website and then only speak to people who go in and see them and arrange mortgages via them. I wouldn't say that was doing the best by anyone.
Okay so I might not have been able to bid for a one bedroom flat but there about twenty others available in the same area and really I think an agent who don't even call me back when I am telling them I could be in the flat in 6 weeks would be terribly good at speeding up the process at their end.