Buying a house before selling yours

Buying a house before selling yours
Thinking of buying a new home before selling your current house? But what about buying first and selling second? When making the decision to buy or sell first, here are a few key factors to consider. 
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Thinking of buying a new home before selling your current house?

A lot of homeowners choose to sell their current home before buying a new one, especially as trying to buy and sell at the same time is a huge endeavour and it can be stressful because the process often takes longer than expected.

But what about buying first and selling second? 

What to consider when buying your new home before selling

When making the decision to buy or sell first, there are a few key factors to consider. 

Property market conditions 

If the property market is strong then buying first is less risky, as there's a greater chance of being able to sell your old property quickly. However, if the property market softens before you have sold your old property you may end up worse off financially as there are fewer potential buyers.  

For example, if you get an optimistic valuation of your current property you may over-extend yourself when buying a new house or find it difficult to balance two mortgages for an extended period of time if it takes longer to sell than originally anticipated. 

If you are considering buying a new home first, it's important to get an accurate property valuation and take into account any changes in the housing market that could affect the purchase price. 

Your financial flexibility 

Generally, buying a new home first is seen as a riskier strategy as it relies on you being in a strong financial position. As discussed above, it may take longer to sell your old home than expected which can result in additional costs, repayments, and fees. 

Another disadvantage of this approach is that you may feel pressure to sell your existing home as quickly as possible and may end up with a lower sale price. 

One way to mitigate this is to negotiate an extended settlement period on the purchased property. This can give you some flexibility while you are still in the process of selling your old home. 

Your borrowing power 

Lastly, it's important to understand how much borrowing power you have when looking at buying your next home. If you're still paying a mortgage on an existing property, it can reduce the amount you're able to borrow. 

On the other hand, if you have significant amount of equity built up in your current home, this can help to secure funds to purchase your next property as well as make a strong offer. 

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Selling first then buying  

Selling your current house before buying is the least risky choice because you know how much money you have to work with, ensuring you’re not going to overspend on your new house. Plus, you have the deposit money ready.

It’s also easier to apply for a new home loan since you won’t have two mortgage payments to make at the same time.  

However, selling first will force you to rent a unit, stay in a hotel, or live with your extended family until you have purchased a new home. You also need to put your furniture in storage which can be quite costly, especially if it takes a long time before you find a new property.

When making your decision, be sure to include any additional cost to your calculations.  

Talk to a lending specialist today 

There are many options available for homeowners who want to buy a new property.

For instance, those who want to buy first can use a bridging loan. These mortgages allow buyers to move on to a property without having to wait for their old home to sell. Usually, bridging loans have shorter terms of up to 12 months and have the choice of variable or fixed mortgage rates.

Loan portability allows borrowers to use their existing loan to purchase another property after it has sold. It's a feature that can be added on many home loans, which gives borrowers the freedom to move onto a new property. There may be restrictions regarding values of the properties and settlement dates, so make sure you discuss this with your lender.

Both options can involve fees and charges, so it's best to speak to your lender to determine how this may affect your budget.

Whichever path you choose, it’s important that you do your research first, evaluate your options, and your current financial situation to minimise the stress of buying and selling your house. 

As always, seek professional advice to help you make an informed decision. 

If you are ready to buy your next home, talk to one of our lending specialists today to start your application or simply apply for a home loan online. 

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