How to Buy a Home when you need to Sell
So you are ready to move? Whether it is downsizing, upsizing, or just getting into a different area, needing to sell first can feel like a huge obstacle. Luckily we have 11 awesome tips to help you buy before you sell so this transition is as smooth as possible!
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Get a Bridge Loan
If downpayment and closing cost funds are keeping you out of your dream home, consider a short term loan. A bridge loan will give you cash to use towards your next purchase. This allows you to purchase a home with no additional contingencies! After you move, you use the funds from the sale of your current home to pay the loan back.
Use a HELOC – Home Equity Line of Credit
This is one of the most common strategies that we are seeing. Use the equity in your home to get a line of credit to pay for your new home. This also allows you to purchase first with no additional contingencies.
Buy New Construction
Builders commonly have additional inventory allowing you to plan out your move date in advance. This allows you to line up the closing of your current home and the closing of your new home with some overlap to ensure you only move once.
Custom Build a Home
Similar to buying new construction, this allows you to line up your closing dates and your moving dates. Most custom home builders have in-house financing that will allow you to sell your home and build simultaneously.
Borrow from your 401K
This allows you to temporarily pull a “loan” from your 401k. Having this loan allows you to have the cash on hand to make strong offers with no additional contingencies. There are some special circumstances so be sure to discuss this option with your financial planner and/or CPA.
Seller Carried Financing
This isnt a very common option, but if the seller owns the home outright, they will sometimes carry a short term loan for you while you wait for your home to sell. This option requires an attorney and usually has higher interest rates associated with it.
Negotiate a Lease Back
With a strong sellers market, we can list your home and ask the new buyers to give us time in the home after it has sold.This can give us an additional 60 days to find and close on your new home.
Use Sale Subject To
With a strong sellers market, most buyers just want to “win” a home. We can ask to have a close date that is subject to you finding a replacement property. Most people want to have some idea of how long that will take, so we often see in contract within 60 days. This is a great option especially when paired with a rent back.
Look in Less Desirable Areas or Price Ranges
If you don’t have a strong preference for a certain area we can focus on locations that are not as competitive. This allows us to have more control in our offer terms and closing dates. Also, if you have some pricing flexibility, we can find price ranges that don’t have as much competition.
Write a Contingent Offer
We can write an offer that is contingent upon the sale of your current home. This allows us to find the home you want before putting your home up for sale. Depending on market conditions, it can be difficult to have this extra contingency accepted.
Rent for a Bit
If you want to sell at the peak of the market and have additional time to look for a home, this can be a great option. Find a short term rental to move into to remove the timeline crunches of finding a new home.
Now that you know your options, are you ready to see what your home might be worth? Or are you ready to see what options are on the market? You can do both right here!
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