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Should I Sell My Home Before Buying a New One? Understanding Your Options

Tuesday, November 28, 2023   /   by Tim Elder

Should I Sell My Home Before Buying a New One? Understanding Your Options

When you're ready to move into a new home, one of the biggest questions you'll face is whether to sell your current home first or buy a new one beforehand. This decision depends on a variety of factors including your financial situation, the housing market, and your personal circumstances. Let's delve into the considerations to help you make an informed decision.

Advantages of Selling Before Buying

  • Financial Clarity: Selling your current home first gives you a clear understanding of how much money you'll have from the sale to put towards your new home. This financial clarity is invaluable in budgeting and negotiating
  • Avoiding Two Mortgages: Selling first means you won’t be saddled with two mortgages at once. This can be a significant relief, especially in uncertain market conditions where your old home might not sell as quickly as anticipated.
  • Stronger Buying Position: Being a buyer without a home to sell first can make you more attractive to sellers, as you won’t have a sale contingency tied to your offer. This can be a significant advantage in a competitive market.
  • Less Pressure to Accept Low Offers: If you're not under pressure to sell quickly in order to finance your new home, you might be in a better position to wait for a more favorable offer.

Disadvantages of Selling First

  • Temporary Housing: If you sell your home before buying a new one, you might need to find temporary housing, which can be costly and inconvenient, especially if you have a family or pets.
  • Moving Twice: Selling first could mean moving twice – once into the temporary place and then into your new home. This can be both stressful and expensive.
  • Market Risks: If the housing market is hot, you might sell your home quickly but then struggle to find a new home in a competitive buyer’s market, potentially leading to higher prices or less ideal home choices.

Advantages of Buying Before Selling

  • Seamless Transition: Buying a new home before selling your current one allows for a smoother transition. You can move into your new home at your own pace without the stress of temporary housing.
  • Time to Prepare Your Home for Sale: You can move out and then take the time to make any necessary repairs or improvements to your current home, which could potentially increase its value.

Disadvantages of Buying First

  • Financial Strain: Juggling two mortgages can be a financial strain. There’s also the risk that your current home might not sell as quickly or for as much as you hoped.
  • Market Uncertainties: Buying first in a declining market can be risky. If the value of your current home decreases after you’ve bought a new one, it could impact your financial situation.
  • Contingent Offers: If you make an offer on a new home that’s contingent on selling your current home, sellers might be less likely to accept your offer, especially in a seller’s market.

Conclusion

Deciding whether to sell your home before buying a new one is a complex decision that depends on your personal circumstances, financial situation, and the state of the housing market. Consulting with a real estate professional can provide valuable insights and help you assess the risks and benefits based on current market conditions. Whichever route you choose, it's important to carefully consider your options and prepare for the potential challenges that each scenario presents.

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