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

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 - 15 hours online
$204,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,104
SQFT
3536 Standing Stone Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Village By The Creek Subdivision
Open House 08/19 at 2PM
$249,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,644
SQFT
West Park #342
7277 Charlotte Pike Unit 342
Nashville, TN 37209
New Listing - 23 hours online
$217,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,100
SQFT
Westport Landing #128
6952 Highway 70 S Apt 128
Nashville, TN 37221
Open House 08/19 at 2PM
$189,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
1617 Lincoya Bay Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - yesterday
$217,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,244
SQFT
519 Swiss Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
 
Open House 08/18 at 2PM
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,432
SQFT
1221 Alandee St
Nashville, TN 37214
River Glen Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,452
SQFT
Easthaven #101
2120 Lebanon Pike Apt 101
Nashville, TN 37210
Open House 08/19 at 1PM
$239,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,232
SQFT
503 Swiss Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$212,470
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
2113 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,104
SQFT
1621 14Th Ave
Nashville, TN 37208
D T McGavock & Others Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,562
SQFT
3208 Demetros Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
Bayview Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,222
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #4
Nashville, TN 37214
300 Stewarts Ferry Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,672
SQFT
1980 Deep Woods Trl
Nashville, TN 37214
Woodland Point Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$222,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
763
SQFT
Solo East #A314
1118 Litton Ave Apt 314
Nashville, TN 37216
New Listing - 3 days online
$235,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,478
SQFT
521 Saint Jules Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,008
SQFT
809 N 6Th St
Nashville, TN 37207
Cleveland Park Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$220,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
748
SQFT
Alloy #115
400 Herron Dr Apt 115
Nashville, TN 37210
Open House 08/19 at 2PM
$209,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
3085 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$209,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,618
SQFT
3030 Ned Shelton #206
Nashville, TN 37217
Lake Ridge Village Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$248,485
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,296
SQFT
2531 Solomon Lane
Nashville, TN 37027
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,222
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #3
Nashville, TN 37214
300 Stewarts Ferry Subdivision
Open House 08/26 at 12PM
$189,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
2103 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$194,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,140
SQFT
3230 Lincoya Creek Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - a week online
$249,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,760
SQFT
West Park #113
7277 Charlotte Pike Unit 113
Nashville, TN 37209
New Listing - a week online
$215,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #16
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #16
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$209,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #11
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #11
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #12
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #12
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #15
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #15
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #14
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #14
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #13
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #13
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - a week online
$194,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
3528 Standing Stone Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Village By The Creek Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$160,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,330
SQFT
1903 Nashboro Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - a week online
$180,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
7003 Lenox Village Dr # B11
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - a week online
$149,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
SQFT
24Th St
Nashville, TN 37209
West Nashville Annex Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$199,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
Lenox Village #1
8045 Bienville Dr # 1
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - a week online
$177,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,156
SQFT
8205 Coley Davis Rd
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - a week online
$215,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,086
SQFT
West Port Landing #127
6952 Highway 70 S # 127
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$244,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
2531 Solomon Lane
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$189,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,054
SQFT
1513 Luton
Nashville, TN 37207
Luton Meridian Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$219,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,924
SQFT
2819 Creekbend Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Brookview Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$199,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
2119B Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
Belle Arbor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$186,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
7232 Althorp Way # 10
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$230,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,274
SQFT
3149 Barksdale Harbor Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
River Trace Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$185,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,289
SQFT
1911 11Th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
Williams & Valentino Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$249,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
672
SQFT
887 Sharpe Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Thornby Place Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,530
SQFT
7403 Lords Chapel Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
Town Center Homes At Lenox Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$245,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
1704 Brick Ct
Nashville, TN 37207
Fields Of Brick Church Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$248,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,022
SQFT
2549 Jordan Ridge Dr
Nashville, TN 37218
Jordan Ridge At Eatons Cre Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$209,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,656
SQFT
Nashboro Village Tract 18 #115
115 Nashboro Grns
Nashville, TN 37217
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$190,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
West Hills #2
7470 Charlotte Pike Apt 2
Nashville, TN 37209
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$177,987
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
688 Flintlock Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$249,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,350
SQFT
523 Saint Jules Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$220,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,873
SQFT
2842 Creekbend Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Brookview Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$178,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
Woodridge At Nashboro Vill #594
594 Flintlock Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$245,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
786
SQFT
2115 Yeaman Pl #211
Nashville, TN 37206
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,680
SQFT
3116 Demetros Pl
Nashville, TN 37217
Bayview Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$199,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,050
SQFT
2430 Grover St
Nashville, TN 37207
Haynies Cleveland Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$230,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
7720 Porter House Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$225,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,740
SQFT
Easthaven #94
2120 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

 

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