• Melody Visser

How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Updated: May 13, 2019






All of these contingencies are to protect both parties. The buyer’s deposit is protected as well as the seller’s opportunity to sell their home. In most cases, a seller would need to settle on their current home prior to purchasing their new home — not just from a cash perspective, but from the loan approval standpoint. In some instances, a lender may not qualify a purchaser of a property due to their debt to income ratio, where their current home’s debt holds them back from proceeding with their new purchase. If that is the case, timing of settlement is crucial.


Sometimes, a coinciding settlement may be the best bet. A coinciding settlement is when two settlements are back-to- back. A seller would sell their property and then immediately turn around and buy the new one on the same day. This helps prevent people from not having a place to sleep but does end up being a very tiring day of moving.


Bridge Loan: is a type of short-term loan, typically taken out for a period of 2 weeks to 3 years pending the arrangement of larger or longer-term financing.


Rent back: A rent back allows the seller to sell their home to the buyer and remain in the home for a specific amount of time after settlement. During this period, the seller is to pay the buyer an agreed upon fee for the rent back period and give a deposit, which is to be held in escrow for any possible damages. During this period, the buyer would now be the owner/landlord of the home and the seller would be the tenant. This allows the original seller to obtain the funds from the settlement to then settle on the new home during the rent back period.


Home of Choice Contingency: This is a contingency in the contract that allows the seller to be in a ratified contract with a buyer but allows the seller an agreed upon amount of time to find a new home. This is an option for sellers that don’t feel comfortable putting a contract on a home until their current home is under contract.


Sale of Buyers Property Contingency: This is a contingency that allows a buyer to go under contract on a home but gives the buyer three days to put their home on the market and an agreed upon amount of time to sell the home. (Not very appealing to sellers, especially if it’s a seller’s market). During this contingency period, the seller will be able to keep the home on the market until this contingency is removed. If another buyer does decide to purchase the home, the original buyer will have an agreed upon amount of time to remove the contingency or their “contingent” contract will become void.


Settlement of Buyers Property Contingency: This contingency is different than the one above as you would already have a contract and at this point and are just waiting for settlement to take place. This contingency would be used if the proceeds from the settlement of the home were necessary to purchase the new home. This contingency would protect your deposit in the event of the contract falling through on your current home, thus not proceeding with the settlement.

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