1. Work with an experienced REALTOR whom has a good working relationships with other REALTORS.
2. Sell your property first or have a large sum of money available so you can purchase non-contingent.
3. Shop home values 25k-100K under your chosen price range.
4. Offer to accept the property in the current condition without waiving any inspections.
5. Offer to perform inspections in a shorter time frame, 10 days or less.
6. Work with a lender who can work faster to get appraisal ordered and get loan approved.
7. Offer some free rent back to the seller.
8. Present your desire upfront for a smooth close and stay true to it throughout the escrow.