Simultaneously Sell and Buy Homes
… to avoid the move-twice conundrum … and/or to avoid “homelessness” during an awkward gap between homes.
Most folks must sell their present home to have the funds necessary to buy another. Even those who have the funds to be able to overlap two residences do not want the financial burden of unoccupied real estate. And nobody wants to move twice … maybe involving a rental between the sale and the purchase … moving once is stressful enough.
When relocating to another state, or even another distant city, logistics usually force entirely separate sale and purchase transactions. And in non-title-insurance states, the complexity of closing also forces separate transactions. But within the same Arizona metro area, coordinated sale and purchase transactions are possible … yes, tricky – but entirely possible. We, TNT, have managed dozens of such transactions.
The necessary sequence:
- Select a Realtor with the experience and knowledge necessary to successfully orchestrate both transactions … hint – TNT
- Get pre-approved for financing, probably with a home sale contingency
- Home shop to firmly establish feasibility for the new-home purchase
- Identify the focus area(s)
- Establish the property criteria with reasonable flexibility
- Confirm the probability that an acceptable home will likely be available
- Establish a market-watch system for the area(s) and property criteria
- Thoroughly prepare the present home for sale
- List the present home for sale
- In sale negotiations, insist on at least a 45-day escrow period, with 60 days preferred
- With an accepted contract, intensely search for the new home
- In purchase negotiations, a critical issue is to match up close dates
- and escrow the purchase transaction with the same title company as for the sale
- Manage both transactions to a simultaneous close
Watch out for “Guaranteed Sale” programs. Some agents offer programs whereby the agent will buy your home if you find the replacement home you want but are not able to sell your present home in a timely manner. Universally, these programs involve a “guaranteed” price that is substantially below the market value of the property. Almost any alternative strategy for your relocation would be less expensive.
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