Mastering the Orange County Real Estate Market: 13 Innovative Tactics for Home Buyers

Lisa Mailhot  |  February 1, 2024


Mastering the Orange County Real Estate Market: 13 Innovative Tactics for Home Buyers


Are you currently searching for a new home in Orange County, but finding it difficult to land an escrow? You're not alone. The housing market has taken a unique turn in recent years, requiring realtors and buyers to step up and get creative to find the right properties. In this blog post, we'll explore 13 effective ways to locate a home for your buyers in this tight market.

  1. Set Up Autofeeds: In the age of online real estate portals, it's essential not to rely solely on buyers to find homes. Set up autofeeds directly with the MLS or your favorite app, ensuring instant notifications when a suitable property hits the market.
  2. New Listings: Keep an eye on new listings, but be prepared for fierce competition. These properties attract multiple offers due to their freshness.
  3. BOMKs (Back on the Market): Homes that have fallen out of escrow can be golden opportunities. Act quickly to secure them before others do.
  4. Expired Listings: Reach out to sellers of recently expired listings with specific information about your buyer to demonstrate your genuine interest.
  5. On the Market Over 60 Days: Homes on the market for an extended period may be ripe for negotiation. Set up autofeeds to identify them.
  6. FSBOs (For Sale By Owner): Explore the FSBO market and inform your buyers of these potential opportunities.
  7. Out-of-Area Owners: Identify out-of-area property owners who might be willing to sell, and systematically reach out to them.
  8. Canvas Neighborhoods: Traditional door-knocking and targeted mailers can help you connect with homeowners who may want to sell.
  9. Search Public Records: Explore public records for notices of default, divorces, and other opportunities.
  10. Look for Vacant Homes: Drive through neighborhoods to spot vacant properties, and reach out to the owners.
  11. New Construction: Don't overlook new homes, as they can provide a competition-free opportunity for buyers.
  12. Build Relationships with Attorneys: Develop relationships with attorneys handling probate, trusts, and divorces to access a consistent stream of leads.
  13. Utilize Your Sphere of Influence (SOI): Leverage your network by reaching out to your sphere to identify off-market properties.

While these strategies aren't exhaustive, they should ignite your creativity and help you tackle the challenges of the Orange County housing market. Remember, once you find the right home, make a strong offer, and don't let your clients miss out on the opportunity you've worked hard to uncover.


If you're in the market to buy a home in Orange County, these creative strategies can help you secure your dream property even in a competitive market. Don't miss out on the chance to find your ideal home.

If you're ready to move forward, let's connect.



Reference: 13 ways to find a home for your buyers in this tight market" by Carl Medford, published on Inman on January 31, 2024. 

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