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March 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM EDT
All-Cash Offers Quadruple a Homebuyer's Chances of Winning a Bidding War
Offering all cash is the strategy most likely to improve a buyers' odds of winning a bidding war, followed by waiving the financing contingency, according to Redfin data

SEATTLE, March 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Homebuyers who offer all cash improve their chances of winning a bidding war by 290%, making it the most effective strategy to win a home in a competitive situation, according to a new report from Redfin (, the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

The report is based on an analysis of data on thousands of offers written by Redfin agents on behalf of their homebuying clients from July 2020 to February 2021.

Finding ways to make a buyer's offer more attractive is particularly important in today's hot housing market. Nationwide, 56% of Redfin offers faced bidding wars in January, the ninth consecutive month in which more than half of home offers written by Redfin agents faced competition.

Waiving the financing contingency is the second-most effective bidding-war strategy, improving homebuyers' odds of winning by 66%. Including an escalation clause, waiving the inspection contingency and conducting a pre-inspection (meaning the buyer conducted an inspection before making an offer) had no significant impact on whether a prospective buyer wins a bidding war, according to Redfin data.

Although the data shows that waiving the inspection contingency and including an escalation clause don't up buyers' chances of winning a bidding war, that's likely because those strategies are so common in a competitive market. Many buyers waive the inspection contingency and include an escalation clause when they know a home will receive multiple offers, so neither strategy ups one buyer's chances over that of a competitor.

Bidding-war strategy

Improves a competitive offer's likelihood of success by....
(July 2020 to Feb. 2021)

All cash


Waive financing contingency


Escalation clause

No significant impact

Waive inspection contingency

No significant impact


No significant impact

Redfin agents report that well-priced single-family homes are receiving dozens of offers, and in some areas desirable homes are so competitive that they're selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking price.

"Offering all cash is usually an effective bidding-war strategy, but the market is so hot that even the number-one strategy has evolved this year," said Orlando Redfin agent Nicole Dege. "All-cash buyers used to be able to go in a little below list price, but now I'm seeing a lot of cash offers that are at list price or higher. Anything below list price, regardless of the terms, just can't compete."

Most buyers don't have the option to offer all cash, so many agents work with buyers to come up with creative ways to make offers attractive.

"I do my best to help my buyers identify what the seller is most looking for in an offer and try to make that happen," said Rachel Wilson, a Redfin agent in Spokane, WA. "It's important for buyers to sweeten their offer in any way they realistically can. Sometimes that's more cash, sometimes it's waiving contingencies, but other times it's a matter of figuring out what the seller wants, like a fast close or a provision to allow the sellers to rent the home back for a few months."

To read the full report, including additional Redfin agent insights, please visit:

About Redfin
Redfin ( is a technology-powered real estate broker, instant home-buyer (iBuyer), lender, title insurer, and renovations company. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers nearly $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 95 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 4,100 people.

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