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March 22, 2023

How to Sell and Buy a House at the Same Time


Tim Clarke

How to Sell and Buy a House at the Same Time

Buying and selling a house at the same time can be a complex and exciting endeavor.

While the process may seem overwhelming, with the right strategy and guidance, you can successfully navigate this real estate journey.

In this article, we'll explore the steps and considerations involved in buying and selling a home simultaneously, ensuring you're well-equipped to make informed decisions and achieve a smooth transition.

In this fast paced seller’s market, many homeowners know that they can get top dollar for their home but most are skeptical because they don’t want to end up homeless.

The most common rebuttal I get for listing appointments is “If I sell my house, where am I going to go?”.

Understanding your options as a buyer and seller is key to transitioning from one home to another without major hiccups.

As a buyer, it is best to know what will make your offer stand out against competing offers and as a seller, it is best to understand how to leverage competing offers.

If you hire one of our skilled agents, we can put together a solid logistical game plan to sell a your house to buy another.

It is possible to buy and sell a house without a Realtor but there are too many moving parts that would make it an impractical and possibly costly idea.

Logistically, there are too many moving parts and Realtors have resources to facilitate a sequential residential real estate purchase transactions that the general public simply doesn't.

Here's a couple simple hints on how to achieve your real estate goals.

Evaluate Your Financial Situation

Before diving into the process of buying and selling a home concurrently, it's essential to assess your financial situation.

Depending on your financial ability and the flexibility of the lender, you may not have to sell your home first in order to purchase.

Lenders understand the nature of a competitive sellers market and they also consider your strengths and weaknesses.

Consult with your lender to determine your current home equity, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio, as these factors will play a crucial role in securing financing for your new home.

A savvy loan officer will help you create a tailored plan so you can avoid your offer lacking a competitive edge.

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A locally experienced real estate agent can make all the difference when managing concurrent transactions.

Our team maintains a reputation of the highest level of service in the Triangle market with a proven track record in both buying and selling.

Our tried an true process will be instrumental in coordinating the sale of your current home and the purchase of your new one, ensuring a seamless process.

Understand the Market Conditions

To maximize your success, you must have a clear understanding of the current market conditions for both buying and selling.

Is it a seller's market, with low inventory and high demand?

Or is it a buyer's market, with plenty of homes available and more negotiating power?

We will help you analyze the market and develop an appropriate strategy for your situation.

Determine the Ideal Timeline

While it might be challenging to align the sale and purchase of two properties perfectly, it's crucial to establish an optimal timeline.

Work with your agent to determine whether to sell your current home first, then buy, or vice versa.

Consider factors such as the need for temporary housing, the availability of homes in your desired area, and the financial implications of each approach.

Make Sure Your Home is Market Ready

To maximize your home's appeal and sale price, invest time and effort into preparing it for the market.

Clean, declutter, and stage your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. Consider your landscaping, interior paint, and carpet if necessary.

Luckily, if you’ve bought a house before, you may have more of an idea of what you want in a home and the process.

The one thing that you must consider is that the competing buyers in your market may be paying cash and may not have to sell their home to complete the purchase.

Prepare your home for the market first. If done correctly, you will attract the right buyers and hopefully, multiple buyers.

Get a pre-market inspection and complete all repairs within your budget. Address any necessary repairs and consider making strategic updates that will increase your home's value.

Write a Contingency Offer

When you find the perfect new home, be prepared to make a competitive offer.

We will work with you to help you understand the local market and develop a strong offer that will appeal to the seller.

A contingency offer is the most straightforward and simplest way to buy and sell at the same time but it isn’t ideal if you will need to compete with other buyers that may not need to sell their home to purchase. 

A contingency is a stipulation in a residential real estate purchase agreement that states that the buyer has to sell their house to complete the purchase.

Contingencies are very common in residential real estate purchases since the bulk of a buyer’s funds for purchasing is typically in the equity of their current home.

The very essence of the American Dream isn’t necessarily the home itself but the equity that accrued during homeownership.

Contingency offers aren’t the most ideal to a seller unless the buyer’s home is likely to sell.

Good listing agents would research the home involved in the contingency to determine if that buyer’s offer is in the seller’s best interest.

If your home isn’t actively listed, it will diminish your contingency offer. Also, it would be ideal not to make any offers until your house is under contract. 

It is a best practice to include contingencies to protect you in the event that the sale of your current home falls through.

Be Realistic About the Price of Your Home and Leverage Multiple Offers

Rule of thumb, if you list your home in a hot seller’s market and you haven't received more than one offer, then your home is overpriced.

If you are unrealistic about the sale of your home, it can derail sensitive timing and kill your ultimate goal of making the purchase of your new home.

If you’ve successfully priced your home competitively and achieved multiple offers, you can let the competing buyers know that you will either need a late closing date or you will need to lease back the house after closing.

This will give you the time you need to secure your next home and possibly remove the contingency on the purchase of your next home. 

Coordinate the Closing Process

Successfully closing on both your sale and purchase transactions requires careful coordination.

The real estate agent, lender, and title company will ensure that all necessary documentation is in order, inspections are completed, and any issues are resolved.

Keep in close communication with all parties to minimize delays and ensure a smooth closing process.

Plan for the Unexpected

Despite your best efforts, sometimes unforeseen challenges can arise. Be prepared to adapt and adjust your plans as needed.

For example, you may need to arrange for temporary housing if the sale of your current home occurs before the purchase of your new one.

Maintaining a flexible mindset will help you navigate any obstacles that come your way.


Buying and selling a home at the same time can be a rewarding experience when approached with careful planning, expert guidance, and a flexible attitude.

By following these steps and enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, you can successfully navigate the process and embark on the next exciting chapter of your life in your new home.

These are just a couple possible ways to sell your home an buy another at the same time in a hot seller’s market.

My brand has a reputation of achieving such goal without any extra storage fees or unnecessary moving expenses.

We will help you create a situation in which your are moving furniture from your old house straight to your new house. Consult one of our agents to discuss how we can get job done.

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