The rush to buy houses before the interest rates rise has been interesting this time around. Bristol and its environs is still a top notch place to get property, whether buying or renting. When there are more buyers than houses, we get back to gazumping. This is a nasty practice of vendors getting near to completion and suddenly accepting a higher offer for their house, thus throwing their original buyers into a frenzy of either trying to match the new offer, or having to abandon and start again. With all the costs this involves as each mortgage application costs an arm and a leg. I know of buyers who have found at the last minute that the vendor suddenly finds reason not to complete or when accepting a firm offer, vendors refuse to take the house off the market – in case a higher offer is out there. Similar nightmares happen with rental places too. Nasty.