I'd guess that an established agent has loads of 'investor' contacts and any houses they get that are decent are seen by these before joe publicSold ours but the stress of finding somewhere to move to now is getting unbearable. Pressure is on as our buyers are keen to move in asap, especially with stamp duty holiday.
But every house we view now seems to be guide price or offers over, and we've lost out twice in the past few days despite submitting bids over the asking price. The latest one we found out about yesterday, as of Saturday evening we had placed what was described as an attractive bid and our shortened chain was a factor, we were in a good position and would be given feedback before the seller chose how to proceed. By yesterday we'd been told we were outbid by a considerable amount by a cash buyer and the deal was already done. I hate the housing market.
*edit* It gets worse. A house that went on yesterday and we are trying to set up a viewing for, the estate agent tells us the vendor has accepted a bid this morning without even having any viewings, and there are no photos available online as yet as they have not had a chance to do them. Thoroughly depressing.