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  • Writer's pictureShawn Patrick Moloney

Navigating Buying and Selling a Home at The Same Time

As a real estate agent, it is imperative to embody the role of both mentor and guide in your clients' journey towards buying and selling a home. Homebuyers and sellers alike seek an agent who can steer them towards a successful real estate transaction. This involves a commitment to continuous learning to make the process of buying and selling a home as seamless as possible.

When assisting clients in simultaneous home buying and selling, it's crucial to collaborate with their trusted professionals. Initiating discussions with their attorney is essential to ensure the client holds the legal right to sell their property. Attorneys can provide valuable insights, especially when dealing with estates. In most cases, our role as the client's real estate agent is to facilitate these conversations.

The next professional to engage with is the client's accountant and/or financial planner. A comprehensive understanding of the financial aspects is key to achieving a smooth transaction. Common concerns include capital gains taxes. Familiarizing yourself with your client's net sheet is essential to guide them through buying and selling property without encountering financial roadblocks. In today's real estate market, where even a 3.5% down payment can be a significant sum, financial considerations are paramount.

Realize that, as a Realtor®, you serve as the guiding light in the complex process of buying and selling real estate. The next step is directing your clients to a mortgage professional. If your clients intend to make a cash purchase, you may need to liaise with their financial advisor. This is where you can assess whether your clients can execute both transactions simultaneously or if they should follow a sequential approach.

For many clients, the prerequisite for moving into a new home is the sale of their existing one. However, for some, it might be feasible to acquire a new property before selling the current one. It's your role as their Realtor® to assess which option is most suitable for their unique circumstances.

By following these simple steps, you can expertly guide your clients through the intricate process of simultaneously buying and selling a home, providing them with a seamless real estate experience.

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