Houses to buy are still scarce, which explains the impetus for bidding wars. Low inventory is still wreaking havoc in the market and houses are being swept up quickly. This is most apparent when they are priced realistically, and in great condition with tasteful updates and decor. Buyers who are the hungriest are moving aggressively, and writing strong offers in just a matter of hours into the process. It's hard to navigate for brokers and sellers alike. It can be overwhelming trying to decide when offers should be accepted. "Do we wait through the weekend, or take something now?" There is no easy answer to that question. My contacts in the southern part of the country, mostly North and South Carolina where I am a real estate investor, agree with me; they also report properties being swept off the market immediately in their regions.