How To Buy Your Dream Home In 10 Days or Less

With more than 1 in 4 homes selling within 14 days and multiple offers becoming more the norm than the exception, getting your offer in quickly isn’t just about convenience, it’s a necessity. That’s why Redfin just made it easier to schedule a home tour as quickly as possible. See below for a step-by-step guide on how to take advantage of these new features and be the fastest bidder in this competitive market.

Step 1: Stay Up-To-Date On the Market

The first step in the process is to identify the homes you are interested in seeing. To do this as quickly as possible, we recommend that you set search parameters on the site (such as location, price, number of bedrooms, school zone, etc.), and then select “Email me new listings” so you get instant email alerts anytime a home comes on the market within your parameters. You can also sign up for push notifications on mobile devices.

Step 2: Add a Home to Your Tour List

We built our first tour scheduling experience on Redfin before the days when Amazon would let you buy a pair of jeans in 30 seconds. In redesigning the experience, we wanted to give you a simple and beautiful way of tracking the homes you want to see without having to jump out of the page and lose your place.

As soon as you’ve found a home you want to tour, select the “Go See It” button. This will add it to the list of homes you would like to tour. You can do this wherever you are, either from a computer, or from an iPhone or iPad. Since the release of tours on mobile, almost half of homes added to tours came from a mobile device. We’re now giving you more ways to tell us what you want so we can take you to see homes in-person even faster than before.

Step 3: Schedule the Tour

When you’re ready to go on a home tour with a Redfin Agent, you can select up to 6 homes to tour. Typically, you’ll be able to see all of them within a two hour time slot, and then you can keep the rest in your tour list as backups.

Once you’ve submitted a tour request, a Redfin tour coordinator will call you within a few hours to confirm your details, and help finalize the overall schedule. You’ll often be able to see a home that same day, and you don’t have to get married to a real estate agent, or fill out a long web form to make it happen.

Step 4: Repeat if Necessary

If you find a home you want to make an offer on, a Redfin Agent will guide you through the next steps in that process. If you didn’t like any of the homes, you can schedule another tour.

And that’s how to get your dream home in this market! We’d like to thank the Customer Engagement team who breathed new life into scheduling home tours, and also the agents and tour coordinators who gave their feedback along the way.  They’ve made improving tours their personal mission and won’t rest until scheduling a home tour is as easy as ordering a pizza. Stay tuned, we’re just getting started!


  • Kathi Kelly-Billings

    Good stuff! I might also suggest getting a pre-approval letter at the ready. Many new clients find their house close to or on a weekend when lenders are enjoying their weekend off. Having a pre-approval letter ready to go can mean the difference between submitting an offer and not being able to as those letters will go right in an offer. Head to our beautiful Open Book Directory for a list of lenders we have worked with, complete with reviews from our clients. Good luck out there!

  • Mallorca Properties

    Thanks for sharing these tips. We really need to be consistent in this things so the house can buy in 10 days or less.

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