To Buy or Sell First

If you have a property to sell, you might be faced with a common predicament: ‘How do I know how much I can afford to buy if I don’t know what I can sell my current place for and, if I sell first, what if I don’t find a suitable property to buy’. So what should you do?


If you currently own a home and are looking to make a change it’s best to meet with a Realtor to discuss your circumstances, what is prompting the move, where you would like to move etc. Generally, I recommend doing the most difficult option first. For example, in a seller’s market I would suggest that you buy first because it might take some time to find a house given our low inventory levels. Below are the advantages and disadvantages to each:


Advantages to Selling First:

  • The luxury of time presents no stress to sell for an amount less than you find acceptable.
  • You will know exactly how much money is in your pocket to buy.
  • You will know exactly when the buyer gets possession of your home or condo (you can time the closing of your purchase to minimize the need for bridge financing).
  • You avoid the stress of not being able to sell.


Disadvantage to Selling First:

  • Pressure of not yet having found a place to buy and potentially having to make a rushed purchase.
  • If you decide on this route, the longer the closing the better.


Advantages to Buying First:

  • You have spent all the time necessary to calmly find, negotiate and secure your dream home.


Disadvantages to Buying First:

  • You don’t know exactly how much your home will sell for.
  • Pressure of having to sell when having already bought.
  • If you decide on this route, buy with a long closing.


No matter which you do first, plan the timing of both your purchase and sale to occur in the same general time frame. However, each person/situation is different so it’s best for us to sit down and discuss a plan that works best for you as early into the process a possible. Contact me here to discuss.

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