Steve I gotta tell you, I feel the same way you do. But, last week I changed my tactics and made an offer on a condo in Vail, CO. I was worried it may be insulting to the owner but with a little nudging from my girlfriend I offered the guy about 15% less than asking price. The guy accepted... I couldn't believe it. Just confirmed what I always new but didn't have the sack to do in the past. No harm in throwing out an offer. As far as making friends goes, it's more likely you'll never see the seller again.