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Most people who have experienced buying a home probably feel like they have a pretty good idea for what to expect when it comes time to purchase their next home.  The reality is, however, every home buying experience is different.  There are always different challenges and circumstances, especially when you need to sell the home you are currently living in to be able to complete the transaction.  There are several things you can do to get ahead of the game and make the transition to a new home less stressful.  Below are some things you can do as you start thinking about buying a new home that will really help you as you go through the process.


Study the Market.

It doesn’t matter how recent it was that you purchased your last home, the market is constantly changing.  It is very likely that the home prices and market trends will not be the same as when you purchased your last home.  It is important that you do some research to see what the market looks like today and what direction it appears to be moving.  Be sure to do your research on the specific geographic location you want to buy in as markets can vary a lot from county to county.  This research will help you align your current goals with a long term plan that is best for you and your individual situation.

To Sell? Or Not to Sell?

Selling your current home is not required when it comes time to buy your new home.  There are many people that decide to convert their current home into a rental property.  Either way, it is important to weigh out the options and decide what you are going to do as soon as possible so you can know what needs to happen going forward.

In most cases, individuals need to sell their current home to be able to afford their next home.  This is very important to establish ahead of time so you can start taking the necessary steps to get your home up for sale.  Selling a home takes time and effort.  Meeting with a realtor, getting an appraisal, and listing the home are all things that should take place before the home can be shown to potential buyers.  Putting your home on the market, at the right price and at the right time, will help ensure that you are able to make an offer on the home you want before it is too late..  In this type of situation, it is also important to include a home sale contingency in your offer.

Research the Location.

There is more to think about, when it comes to buying a new home, than just looks and square footage.  The location of the home can bring many different variables that can affect your way of life.  It is important to research things like work route’s and commute times, school districts, community standings, and proximity to recreational needs and wants.  If you are moving out of state, there could be different fees and laws for purchasing real estate than what you are currently accustomed to.  These details will provide valuable insight into helping you know what to prepare for as you make your decision on where to buy.

Try to See the Big Picture.

It can be difficult when we see the home of our dreams to not get tunnel vision and forget about the big picture.  Comparing and analyzing all of the information you gather in your research will help you see what is most important.  Quality of life after moving into a new home is dependent on so many different factors.  Take the time you need to ensure that the new home meets as much of your desired criteria as possible.  The last thing you want is to settle for a home that you won’t be happy with for the long run.


Buying a home is always an adventure.  Taking time to think everything through and study the situation ahead of time will help ensure that you have a smooth process.  If you have any questions about what it might take for you to buy your next home, or just want to see what kind of real estate opportunities are available to you, please contact one of our mortgage professionals today!