For many homeowners, the purchase of a new home is dependant on the sale of their old one. While it would be ideal for the selling of your old home and purchase of your new home to happen at exactly the same time, the dates rarely line up like that. You may have sold your current home but are still searching for a new one. Or, you may have found the perfect property but are lacking a buyer for your current home. Selling and buying a new home can be daunting; fortunately, you do have options, and it can be done!
There are some benefits to selling your home before buying a new one, the biggest one being that you will know exactly how much you can afford on the new home. If you don’t sell first, you may be overly optimistic about the value of your home and buy something you can’t actually afford. Or, you may lowball your new home and be disappointed when you find out what you could have had! Selling first will give you certainty about what you can afford, which is a great position to be in when buying.
Selling first means you’ll only have one mortgage payment—on the new home—rather than have to juggle two mortgages. However, some homeowners don’t like the uncertainty of selling their home without having somewhere else lined up. Selling first means you would have to find accommodation, whether with relatives, friends, or with a rental. You would also possibly have to put your belongings into storage, which can be a big hassle.
Buying a home before selling your old home gives you lots of time to plan your move. However, buying first means you could end up paying two mortgage payments at once if your current home isn’t paid off. Whether or not you can afford this depends on your financial situation. If you can afford it, buying first is a good way to ease the selling process by taking the pressure off finding a new place.
Rent Your Old Home
If you feel you aren’t able to afford two mortgage payments but have found a new home you don’t want to miss out on, you could move into the new home and rent out your old property. While this requires the added pressure and stress of finding tenants, and being a landlord, it can be really helpful for paying off your mortgage and alleviating the financial stress of owning two properties.
These are just a few of the options available when it comes to selling and buying a new home. If you are considering selling and buying, speak to a mortgage professional to see what kind of potential expenses you can expect. Contact our experts today to set up a consultation!