I am not a Realtor that plays hard core with my clients. Buying a home is a huge purchase, and I don't believe you can/should nudge people before they are ready. Having said that, there are times when if you snooze you lose.
There exists a very distinct personality type that is detailed, thoughtful, and analytic in nature. People with these traits often take a bit of extra time in making decisions, wanting to dot the i's and cross the t's first.
I am currently working with a couple who are more analytical. The first homes we've seen that they like, sold quickly, before they could do their 'homework.' One of the most common buyer mistakes I see in general is that people forget about the 'competition.'
If you look at 10-20 homes within a given price point, chances are one or two are going to be standouts - perhaps a little more upgraded or special than the rest. Probem? If you notice that a home is unusually nice, so too will other people.
One of the best features of the California Purchase Contract is that buyers get 17 days to inspect a home and cancel for absolutely any reason. If buyers cancel at day 16, they are entitled to a full refund on their deposit. This time period may be used for inspections, checking out the neighborhood, obtaining crime statistics, and talking to neighbors.
I remind buyers of this frequently, hoping it makes them more comfortable writing an offer. Even as you write your offer, you still have an escape valve if you change your mind. You don't want to rely on this but it's good to know it's there.
Have you found a nice home? If so, remember that if you snooze you lose. Take a chance, write the offer, and back out if you need to. This may be a better option for some than losing a home you love.