If it's a terrific property that's priced well, it will receive multpile offers and go into escrow within a week or so. Escrow will usually close 30-45 days afterwards. That's why it's important to hook up with a local realtor who can inform you immediately when a new property, fitting your requirements, comes onto the market. Having said all that, properties are generally listed with a realtor for 6 months. If an offer isn't made within a certain period of time, the realtor will advise the owner to lower the price.