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Is It A Good Idea To Buy A New Home Before You Sell Your Old One?

Whether selling your South Barrington, Barrington, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Bartlett and Chicago NorthWest Suburbs home before buying a new one is a good idea or not, is largely dependent upon current market conditions and how quickly homes are being sold and purchased. The risk factors involved in this scenario also depend upon personal circumstances, primarily when it comes to finances, mortgages, and preferences.

Personal Finances And Mortgages

Often the question of whether you should buy a new piece of real estate before selling your home is this: Can you afford two mortgages? If the answer is yes, this should be reflected in the ability to get another mortgage through your lender. If you can get approved for a second mortgage to purchase a new home without the necessity of selling your old one first, then the option is yours. But for security measures, and in the event that it takes longer than expected to get your first home rented out, you should ensure that you can afford to pay both mortgages for at least two to three months.

Buying Before Selling In A Slow Market

In a slow market, it is typically not a good idea to purchase a new home before selling your current South Barrington, Barrington, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Bartlett and Chicago NorthWest Suburbs home, since these kinds of markets are characterized by a significantly greater number of sellers than buyers. In a slow market, homes take much longer to sell, and the longer they remain on the market, the more difficult the sale tends to become. If you aren't very aggressive on the price point of your current home, this also causes more restrictions and a greater risk of having two mortgages to pay because of the inability to sell.

What About A Hot Market?

A hot market can often mean higher pressure; there are many buyers on the market and fewer sellers, and all of the good homes are getting snatched up quite quickly because they are harder to find. In these markets, it's typical for prospective buyers to find their next dream home before even putting their current home on the market. These situations often lead to buying before selling as a result of pure enthusiasm and competitiveness for the new home.

Buying before selling in a hot market like this is less risky, but should still be considered with caution. Because a "subject to sale" is much less likely to be accepted by a seller in a hot market, especially when the "subject to sale" home isn't on the market yet, you’ll want to ensure your house is readily saleable before making the commitment to buy something. You’ll also want to ensure you consider the worst, and, if you choose to buy before selling, make sure you have a financial safety net for the "just in case" circumstance of two mortgages at once.

To get a better idea of whether you should buy a new home before yours is sold based on the current market conditions, you should do sufficient research. To gain a clearer understanding of what your best and safest options are, Call "Stevie D." Your ReMax Real Estate Specialist : Direct # (630) 479-9479 .

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Cindy Dudley
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Good information Stevie.  Being in a hot market with low inventory, makes a lot of potential sellers quite hesitant to place their home on the market for fear that they won't be able to find something they like and will "be out of a home."  I did several back-to -back closings this year with the proceeds from the sale going straight to the purchase of the new home; closing both on the same day.  Getting everyone and everything lined up can be challenging, but it usually works out ok.

Dec 30, 2014 04:22 AM #1
Steve DeRienzo
Schaumburg, IL
"Stevie D." Your Trusted ReMax Professional"

Hi Cindy... Thank you.  Yes, as you are aware, it is extremely important for both buyers and sellers to utilize the knowledge and experience of a qualified professional.  There is no better feeling then having a successful transaction in which all parties are happy and smiling about their experience : ) All the best for a Healthy and Prosperous "2015" !

Dec 30, 2014 04:37 AM #2
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