We’ve been searching for more than a year and finally had an offer accepted. It was our 13th offer! I wanted to give up so many times and I’m finally glad that we didn’t. My only tips from our search and success:
bid on unstaged houses – staging attracts way too many silly bids. try an early offer (a generous early offer) to get out of the bidding war.
Hang in there Seattle folks – this is really hard but you can do it.