Buying or Selling a Home First?

Home buyers and home sellers each face their own challenges, but for many, the two processes go hand-in-hand. Most people cannot afford to own multiple homes, so the decision to move generally means both buying a new home and selling your current property.

If you are attempting to both sell your home and buy a new one, you may feel overwhelmed and could benefit from turning to your real estate agent for help. While some agents work only with home sellers or home buyers, others may be prepared to help with both tasks. If not, their firm may still serve both needs, or they may recommend an experienced colleague.

Buying a Home First

It can be impossible to perform the closings for both deals on the same day for several reasons. For example, when moving to another place, travel time can make this arrangement impossible or impractical. Even if the two deals are closed on dates very close together, you should expect a lapse between the two closing dates.

If you are first buying, be prepared to temporarily cover the cost of two households. If the first house does not  have a buyer yet, or the deal is not yet finalized, be sure to keep the property you are selling in good condition.

Buying first can provide you with some logistical benefits. You could move furniture and personal belongings more conveniently from your old house into your new home without having to coordinate with a new homeowner.

Selling a Home First

When selling a home first, the greatest immediate problem becomes the need for a place to stay between the two transactions. You can be fortunate enough to have relatives living near either destination, and can try staying with your family briefly.

Also You can rent a home during this interim period. Home buyers may be willing to rent their new purchase back to you for a brief period while you complete your purchase of other home.

If you own yust one house at a time, there are fewer overlapping responsibilities. It is a good idea to have some time at the beginning of the process to determine whether it would be easier for you to buy or sell. A real estate agent can help You clarify the housing market conditions in both neighborhoods so that you can decide which step to take first.