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I would reply. He's probably not lowballing with no real interest like some people do, if he's raised the offer twice.
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I take low ball offers (and sometimes make them) as a start of negotiations. After a bit of too-ing and fro-ing I find agreement is often reached. So I’d never take offence by what someone offered me. If the seller is desperate to sell who knows,so always worth a punt.
Agreed. If offers are invited, you might as well start negotiations with a low one.
£1,800 against an asking price of £2,300 seems fair to me, it's a significant amount of money, enough to show you're not taking the piss, and both parties know it's not going to be the final price.
Even if you were ultimately prepared to pay the full £2,300, there's no point making an initial offer of £2,200 and immediately settling on £2,250. Leave negotiating room.
low balls and high balls