Hi Joan and Doug,
i reiterate what the other brokers have said. What I can add is that, it is crucial for you to do a Buyer Consultation with a broker, and choose the broker you want to represent you, so that broker can set up a well defined search, can help you move quickly, and can be at the front line in the negotiation. We work at the highest level of commitment qand proactivity when we know a client is committed to working with us.
As far as getting the properties quickly, my own website, http http://:www.buyandsellseattlerealestate.com
downloads very frequently, so feel free to check it out. This is the time of year when the inventory is building, which has the annual tendency to dampen the absorption rate as we move into the summer.
You must meet with a mortgage broker and prepare yourself with a pre-approval, because that must be included with every Purchase and Sale Agreement.
I, too, have had great success in representing buyers in multiple offer situations. I have very successfully sold Kirkland and the rest of the Eastside market for over 20 amazing years. I offer my time for an Initial Consultation for free and with no obligations.