It was pretty crazy, with some homes going under contract sight unseen. Others went under contract before we could arrange a trip to PA. One home we put an offer on went for $75K over asking. I was stunned. We even considered renting and then moving twice. I’m glad we didn’t do that.
We went over budget, but also bought more home and land then we were initially looking for too. We got lucky with the for sale by owner because I think it fell off most peoples (aka realtors) radar. The neighbors told us that the sellers only had one other offer and they liked us better. We had an inspection contingency but the biggest issues were a light and electrical receptacle not working. Both had disconnected wires, so they were easy fixes.
Our NJ home sold almost immediately by the first person to look at it. Full price cash offer. The buyer spent 6 minutes inside the home.