Is it normal to offer more than the listing price on a house when making an offer?Hi there, first time home buyer here and I had a few questions because I am heavily depending on my real estate agent, but he doesn't seem like a reliable person.I've been looking for a house around the 350k - 400k range and plan on putting 100k down. My agent says its normal to offer more than the listing price on a house or else my chances of purchasing that particular house will be very low. I still don't understand how that would be the case for a house that has been on the market for such a long time, but I've been making offers several thousand dollars more for houses I am interested in, but my agent still informs me that the house was sold to another party.The reason I ask is because today I asked my agent if I would be getting the house I made an offer for in Sunnyvale (the second house I've made an offer on in Sunnyvale). He told me that it had been sold so I tried to confirm the address with him and he seemed a little confused at first and wrote down the address and began to think about it for a minute. He then confirmed that it had been sold. It is still listed as active on another site but I know things can take time to update online.My agent also seems to have a i-don't-want-to-be here attitude. Now I'm certainly not expecting great customer service or even a friendly person, but he just isn't that helpful. I don't have experience at all with any other agents but when we arrive to look at a house, he opens the door to let us in and look around the house while he waits outside. He doesn't even greet us, which does not bother me but could be an indicator of how helpful he is actually being.Thank you in advance for your thoughts and advice. April 22 2011 - Santa Clara11YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.