In a strong Seller's market, Buyers know to get an offer accepted, a lowball offer just won't cut it! BUT, what about those first time buyers with out of state parents that keep reminding them prices are negotiable. Are these Buyers listening to sage advice from their agent?
What about the agent that is new, and it trying so hard to get "that deal" for their Buyer, and never is able to secure a property for them? The new agent looking for their first sale, and not really sure how to accomplish that? When they are not sure what value is placed on what the property has to offer? No two properties will be exact, and there does need to be some adjustments for views, new appliances, new carpet, etc.
I feel for these Buyers, but the very reason they need to interview the agent before hiring them to represent their needs.
It may be December, and a bit slower, but it IS still a Seller's market and if a property is priced correctly, shows well, there is no reason to accept lowball offers unless the Seller is willing to do so!