If you’re a repeat homebuyer, the buying and selling process can possibly be more difficult than when you bought your first home, because now you have one to sell too. Therefore, having a good strategy in place is very important. There are three different ways to go about this, you could buy your next home first, sell your home before you buy another or make an offer contingent upon the sale of your home.

Selling First

Selling first is typically the more popular route among homeowners, especially in a buyer’s market. This approach will prevent you from paying two mortgages at once. However, there is a downside as well. If you sell your home first, you may have to rent or stay with family until you find your dream home. Selling your home first will also allow you to see how much you can afford when you are looking at homes to call your own. Your home could sell for higher or lower than expected. If a lower offer than expected is accepted, you may want to look at less expensive homes. On the other hand, if your home sells for higher than expected, homes that were out of budget may now be affordable.

Buying First

In a seller’s market, buying first may be your best bet if you have the finances to do so. You can run the risk of paying two mortgages at the same time, since you will acquire a new home before your current home sells. Often times, there is pressure to sell your home quickly after purchasing a new home. This may sway you to accept a lower offer. You also won’t know the selling price of your current home, meaning that you may not know exactly how much could be spent on a new home. If you do come across your dream home before you sell, buying first will allow you to place an offer.

There are pros and cons no matter if you chose to buy or sell first. For most homeowners, selling first is the financially logical thing to do.

Home Sale Contingency

Setting up a contingency clause is common among buyers. This transaction is written into a sales contract or offer, and assuming the requirements are met, the contract will prevail. This allows the buyer of the new home to sell their home and then buy the new property shortly after. Of course, both parties need to coordinate issues such as storage and moving.

Additionally, there are other agreements that may appeal to you to help reduce potential complications. Use and Occupancy Agreements will allow the buyer to move in before closing or the seller to remain in their home for a short time after closing under certain circumstances.

If you’re a homebuyer searching for a mortgage lender, or considering refinancing your home to free up some cash, contact the Housing Buzz Team today!