Those buyers who mucked you round might have been on Somersoft asking for some tips on how to get a good deal on a purchase.
Not new have had places under contract and asked for a few thousands discount because of some cosmetic problem or bath not sealed etcI wonder if this type of thing is more common now??
Friends only recently had people cool off on their house - the agreed price being 20K under the asking price.
After the buyers cooled off they contacted the agent and want to renegotiate and offered another 40K off the price on top of the 20K .
They then offered less till they got rejected at 40K off the total price.
Apparently the agent thinks someone got in their ear and told them they should have asked for a bigger discount, because the buyers appeared to think what they were doing was quite acceptable.
Anyway the house didn't sell. Personally I don't think an extras 20K off would have made too much difference to these friends (just under 800K house), but they didn't like their attitude and stated they'd rather give the discount to people that don't muck you around.
It does not make me racist to point out that certain cultures operate differently to long standing Australian cultures and understandings of how to conduct business.
We live in a global society now. As much as some people dislike change, it's something you need to get used to. Doing business is exactly that, doing business. It doesn't matter what your background is.It is not right or wrong if both parties understand that a contracted agreement is "only the beginning" or the barginning process - rather than end, as we are used to in Australia.
We're not the laughing stock of the world, the world is beating a path to our doorstep.This is the sort of rubbish ...which is making Australia a laughing stock around the world.