Following all the advice on here I've got more questions. We've found a house and are putting an offer in, before it's gone live on the websites. We'll probably get it because we got in early courtesy of our estate agent who have us the early showing. Houses sell in days round there.
Btw I totally agree with your second point in case my ramble wasn't clearWhilst I'm pleased for you , to me that's not great ethics or professional nature by the estate agents.
I know you're proffing on this occasion but imagine you were the ones losing out from such a insider heads up.
We probably lost out that way with the house next door. We turned up to view it 2 days after it went online. No agent! Called the office only to be told it had sold. Complaint in and fobbed off but now they helped us. Perhaps guilty conscience by the agent running our town's branch.
It is unethical but as we were the victims of it before I will accept that I'm being unethical too by getting the benefit this time. Bear in mind there's 2 others who obviously were told in advance too. It might be were got told earlier or they got told at the same time but live further away and couldn't get up here before Monday. Either way three groups knew about it before details went online. I don't think they've been produced.