When we sold our last house we met the buyers at a coffee shop, talked over the offer over coffee, and had the whole deal written up in about 30 minutes on two single sided pieces of paper
We had the same experience with our home in Central California. After looking for over a year, working with brokers, etc., we stumbled upon this place being built by a young 40ish man and his wife. It was about 80% done at the time. We talked with the both of them, agreed on some changes, some additions, and a price. Signed the envelope right there on the kitchen counter, got the loan and voila!
Author, The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement