Northeast U.S. area in a HCOL community. In this highly competitive market, I’m continuing to see most houses being listed on say a Wednesday/Thursday, open house over the weekend and best and final offer due by Monday evening. A house I bid on in April just closed at 100K over list (16% over list price). I bid over list, but wasn’t close “enough” to the winning bid number. My realtor felt our offer was strong at the time. Without the listing agent conveying what the seller is looking for in terms of an offer, how does one best position themselves to hit this “magic” number? At this point comps are out the window. If you don’t know what other offers are on the table, how do you know you wouldn’t inadvertently outbid yourself? Curious to hear from others on strategy in this “best and final” with a deadline scenario. Thanks, all.