A house in a very good rental location has come on the market next door to an investment property we own. The vendors know me in passing and some of my family. What is the best approach in showing interest. Would it be best to declare my name to their estate agent or use some outside friend to make offers and at the last minute declare my name as the real buyer if successful bidder. Do such things happen ? Or is it better to own up from the start in which case the vendor knowing I'm interested could hold out for more. Would I be better to approach the vendor and offer the asking price and a promise of 5k on top privately on contracts being exchanged if they remove it from market. Any guidance here please would be welcome.