How Fast Can You Buy a Home If You’re In a Hurry?

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Did you know that there are ways to speed up the house-hunting and home-buying process when you need to buy a home fast? And the best part is that you don’t need to have a massive bank account.

In a very competitive seller’s market, it’s not uncommon that being outbid by other buyers can lengthen the time it takes to enter the closing process. Rival buyers can always seem to be one step ahead or always on the advantage. And unfortunately, in a hot real estate market like Nashville’s, this is often the case! Here are my tips for helping speed up the process when you’re really in a time crunch, even if you’re buying in a seller’s market.

1. Get the right agent!

Just as in any other industry, in real estate there are some agents who really hustle for their buyers… and some who don’t. Ideally, if you explain your situation to an agent, they should be able to provide a solid action plan for giving you the competitive edge. Ideally, this should include things like setting you on an instant-alert email blast for homes entering the MLS which fit your needs, calling you every morning with their ‘top picks’ for you to see, and being on-hand to arrange tours and showings every afternoon. While that might sound like a lot, remember that homes for sale in the most desirable Nashville neighborhoods are often only on the market for a few days!

2. Get pre-approved for a loan

The approval process for a loan can take some precious time; and getting pre-approved not only reduces that time, but makes you look much more serious to sellers. In a hot real estate market, many sellers won’t even consider offers from buyers who haven’t been pre-approved.

3. Look in areas with more homes for sale

If your ‘dream neighborhood’ only has a few homes for sale at a time, and buying before a certain date is more important, consider looking at other nearby areas which might have more homes for sale– a higher inventory of possible homes to buy. For example, if you’re wanting to buy a home near Belmont University, consider also looking at Edgehill and 12 South, both of which have much more homes for sale than the few blocks right around the University.

4. Have a strong list of “must-have-items” and “don’t-want-items”

Your agent is there to help you in your home search, and it’s their job to do a good deal of the work for you. Since they have access to more details about a home than you can see online, they might be able to more quickly mark items off the “possibility” list and waste less of your time if you have a good idea what you want!

5. Be available to move fast

If you aren’t able to do some hustling too, and view homes quickly, chances are other people are going to get their offers in before you are. While it might take some finagling at work, make certain that you’re primed and ready to head off to showings ASAP when needed! This can help cut the time down several weeks, as many individuals can only view homes on Friday or the weekends.

Nashville Homes for Sale Under $250,000

New Listing - 6 hours online
$234,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,224
SQFT
Town Center Homes At Lenox #514
8252 Persia Way
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 16 hours online
$220,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,873
SQFT
2842 Creekbend Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Brookview Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,480
SQFT
3325 Penn Meade Way
Nashville, TN 37214
River Glen Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$170,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
Town Center Homes At Lenox #B-3
7003B3 Lenox Village Dr # 3
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 days online
$239,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,224
SQFT
9010 Rigden Mill Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
Open House 06/24 at 2PM
$234,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,414
SQFT
3261 Woodpoint Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Brookview Subdivision
Open House 06/24 at 2PM
$224,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,528
SQFT
2304 Zermatt Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$235,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
2941 Steamboat Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
River Trace Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$185,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,618
SQFT
Lake Ridge Village #218
3030 Ned Shelton Rd Apt 218
Nashville, TN 37217
New Listing - 3 days online
$228,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
992
SQFT
5025 Hillsboro Pike Apt 18D
Nashville, TN 37215
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$249,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
820
SQFT
Bristol On Broadway #612
1803 Broadway Apt 612
Nashville, TN 37203
New Listing - 4 days online
$239,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
785
SQFT
5 Th & Main #217
2115 Yeaman Pl Apt 217
Nashville, TN 37206
Open House 06/24 at 2PM
$250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,764
SQFT
2741 Cato Ridge Drive
Nashville, TN 37218
Jordan Ridge At Eatons Cre Subdivision
Open House 06/24 at 2PM
$182,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
675
SQFT
Park At Melrose Heights #223
2197 Nolensville Pike Apt 223
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 5 days online
$229,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
620
SQFT
Bristol On Broadway #413
1803 Broadway #413
Nashville, TN 37203
New Listing - 5 days online
$219,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
650
SQFT
374 Herron Drive #1
Nashville, TN 37210
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$199,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,044
SQFT
3803 Creekside Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
Blanchard Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$210,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,655
SQFT
Nashboro Village Tract 18 #131
131 Nashboro Greens
Nashville, TN 37217
New Listing - 6 days online
$240,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,734
SQFT
3004 Whitland Crossing Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
Donelsons Place Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$145,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,474
SQFT
4005 Indiana Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
West Nashville Subdivision
Open House 06/24 at 1PM
$229,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,123
SQFT
Ashland Place #11
4325 Ashland City Hwy #11
Nashville, TN 37218
Open House 06/24 at 1PM
$219,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,061
SQFT
4325-8 Ashland City Highway
Nashville, TN 37218
 
Open House 06/24 at 1PM
$245,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,712
SQFT
Ashland Place #4
4325-4 Ashland City Hwy
Nashville, TN 37218
Open House 06/24 at 1PM
$219,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,061
SQFT
Ashland Place #2
4325-2 Ashland City Highway
Nashville, TN 37218
New Listing - a week online
$215,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
3055 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
Riverbridge Community Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$224,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #16
Nashville, TN 37214
300 Stewarts Ferry Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$195,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
2109 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$235,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
1105 Cecilia Ave
Nashville, TN 37208
Owens Buena Vista Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$249,200
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,831
SQFT
5256 Buena Vista Pike
Nashville, TN 37218
Creekside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$169,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,130
SQFT
Williams Bend Townhomes #802
3535 Bell Rd Apt 802
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$184,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,234
SQFT
578 Flintlock Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,480
SQFT
102 Nashboro Grns
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$219,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,218
SQFT
Riverbridge Community #3269
3269 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$200,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,592
SQFT
2086 Nashboro Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$177,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,124
SQFT
1208 3Rd Ave S Apt 2
Nashville, TN 37210
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$192,400
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
680
SQFT
Park At Melrose Heights #311
2197 Nolensville Pike Apt 311
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$245,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
901
SQFT
Park At Melrose Heights #312
2197 Nolensville Pike, #312
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$220,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,570
SQFT
3704 Lausanne Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$239,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
786
SQFT
5 Th & Main #417
2115 Yeaman Pl Apt 417
Nashville, TN 37206
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$194,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,140
SQFT
3224 Lincoya Creek Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$219,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
632
SQFT
Solo East #120
1122 Litton Ave., #120
Nashville, TN 37216
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$189,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,012
SQFT
Town Center Homes At Lenox #N6
7223 Althorp Way # 6
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$235,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,280
SQFT
1002 Loxley Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$239,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,224
SQFT
8212 Persia Way
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$224,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,386
SQFT
761 Spence Enclave
Nashville, TN 37210
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$210,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,524
SQFT
Easthaven #16
2120 Lebanon Pike Apt 16
Nashville, TN 37210
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$234,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,228
SQFT
Lenox Village #437
9022 Rigden Mill Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$201,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
Lenox Village #S-3
7233 Althorp Way S-3
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$179,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
1740 Lincoya Bay Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
Lenox Village #C-10
7005 Lenox Village Dr.
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$189,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,464
SQFT
108 Antler Ridge Cir
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$215,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,737
SQFT
38 Fawn Creek Pass
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$245,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,296
SQFT
96 Plan 1296 Lot 96
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$211,945
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
1334D Havenbrook Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$159,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,154
SQFT
2717 Pine Ridge Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Pine Ridge Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$209,985
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
2111 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$202,485
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
1320 Havenbrook Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$204,985
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
1318 Havenbrook Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$234,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,613
SQFT
3030 Ned Shelton (Unit 224)
Nashville, TN 37217
Lake Ridge Village Subdivision