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 - 5 hours online
$174,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
Williams Bend Townhomes #101
3535 Bell Rd Apt 101
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - 6 hours online
$209,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
3349 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - 7 hours online
$189,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
172 Shiaway Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
Ravens Retreat Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$214,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
Townhomes Of Shadow Glen #109
109 Shadow Glen
Nashville, TN 37211
Open House 10/21 at 11AM
$239,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
650
SQFT
374 Herron Drive #1
Nashville, TN 37210
 
New Listing - yesterday
$214,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
121 Shadow Glen Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$213,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,704
SQFT
13 Fawn Creek Pass
Nashville, TN 37214
 
New Listing - yesterday
$224,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,570
SQFT
3517 Steffisburg Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$249,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
834
SQFT
5 Th & Main #609
2115 Yeaman Pl Apt 609
Nashville, TN 37206
New Listing - yesterday
$229,750
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
780
SQFT
Solo East #304
1118 Litton Ave Apt 304
Nashville, TN 37216
New Listing - yesterday
$249,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
701
SQFT
3120 Long Blvd #205
Nashville, TN 37203
 
New Listing - yesterday
$214,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #22
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #22
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$199,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
2514 Nashboro Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$237,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
523 Saint Jules Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$184,995
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
510 Flintlock Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$180,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,116
SQFT
Williams Bend Townhomes #405
3535 Bell Rd Apt 405
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #15
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #15
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$202,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #12
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #12
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$219,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,986
SQFT
126 Nashboro Greens
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$198,979
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
1328 Havenbrook Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
 
New Listing - yesterday
$210,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,086
SQFT
6952 Highway 70 S Apt 112
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - yesterday
$229,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
644
SQFT
2115 Yeaman Pl Apt 214
Nashville, TN 37206
 
New Listing - yesterday
$229,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,232
SQFT
510 Swiss Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$189,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
Belle Arbor #234B
1310 Havenbrook Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
New Listing - yesterday
$234,500
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,030
SQFT
116 31St Ave N Apt 306
Nashville, TN 37203
 
New Listing - yesterday
$249,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,030
SQFT
Hedrick Place #108
116 31St Ave N Apt 108
Nashville, TN 37203
New Listing - yesterday
$214,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #21
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #21
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$197,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,130
SQFT
West Hills #116
7470 Charlotte Pike Unit 116
Nashville, TN 37209
New Listing - yesterday
$184,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
Cottages At Williams Bend #1615
1617 Lincoya Bay Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$239,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,224
SQFT
2676 Avery Park Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$214,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #20
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #20
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$230,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
736
SQFT
East End Lofts #302
926 Woodland St Unit 302
Nashville, TN 37206
New Listing - yesterday
$249,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
650
SQFT
1260 Martin #213
1260 Martin St Apt 213
Nashville, TN 37203
New Listing - yesterday
$212,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
3031 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - yesterday
$209,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,061
SQFT
4325-8 Ashland City Highway
Nashville, TN 37218
 
New Listing - yesterday
$202,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,656
SQFT
Nashboro Village Tract 18 #115
115 Nashboro Grns
Nashville, TN 37217
New Listing - yesterday
$185,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
2460 Nashboro Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$249,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,530
SQFT
7403 Lords Chapel Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$208,850
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
Belle Arbor #220D
2125 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
New Listing - yesterday
$249,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
918
SQFT
Park At Melrose Heights #307
410 Rosedale Ave Apt 307
Nashville, TN 37211
Open House 11/02 at 11AM
$224,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
748
SQFT
400 Herron Drive #107
Nashville, TN 37210
 
Open House 11/04 at 1PM
$221,130
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
702
SQFT
1609 Pillow St
Nashville, TN 37203
 
New Listing - yesterday
$250,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,423
SQFT
Ashland Place #9
4325-9 Ashland City Highway
Nashville, TN 37218
New Listing - yesterday
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
742
SQFT
Solo East #118
1122 Litton Ave
Nashville, TN 37216
New Listing - yesterday
$194,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
Belle Arbor #220B
2129 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
New Listing - yesterday
$169,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,118
SQFT
Williams Bend Townhomes #303
3535 Bell Rd Apt 303
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$199,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
619
SQFT
The Edison #206
1077 E Trinity Ln
Nashville, TN 37216
Open House 10/20 at 2PM
$219,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
7111 Lenox Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$230,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
227 Northcrest Commons Cir
Nashville, TN 37211
 
New Listing - yesterday
$180,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
568 Flintlock Ct
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$192,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,388
SQFT
2202 Nashboro Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217
 
New Listing - yesterday
$219,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #23
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #23
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$202,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
300 Stewarts Ferry #13
300 Stewarts Ferry Pike #13
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$219,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
Townhomes Of Shadow Glen #153
153 Shadow Glen Dr
Nashville, TN 37211
New Listing - yesterday
$215,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
3087 Harpeth Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37221
 
New Listing - yesterday
$199,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
Belle Arbor #210F
2101 Portway Alley
Nashville, TN 37207
New Listing - yesterday
$208,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,506
SQFT
Woodland Point Townhomes #101
101 Antler Ridge Cir
Nashville, TN 37214
New Listing - yesterday
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
675
SQFT
The Edison #208
1077 E Trinity Ln
Nashville, TN 37216
New Listing - yesterday
$199,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,584
SQFT
165 Nashboro Grns
Nashville, TN 37217
 
Open House 11/02 at 11AM
$224,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
748
SQFT
400 Herron Drive #110
Nashville, TN 37210
 

 

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