Canadian Real Estate/Offers


My question is..This house was listed for $419900.I offered to pay the asking price $419900 without any conditions. My offer was declined because someone else paid more than me and i lost the house. The adds did not indicate that it was an auction sale. I did not know i was involved in a bidding war.Is it a game the realtors are playing to rip-off people? Isn't this kind of transaction against the law?
It looks like bait and switch and very misleading.Why advertize a price then?

Please advise.

Hi Gary,
Thank you for your question. The rules around multiple offers can vary from province to province. The Realtor that you were working with is the person to explain the situation.

In Ontario, where I work, the number of offers are to be disclosed to all buyers. It doesn't have to be an auction sale - it's just multiple offers (aka bidding war). Multiple offers are not illegal - they happen fairly frequently. When they do happen it can be frustrating for the buyer but the seller is happy with the results.

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