If you think your house is getting too small and you are interested in purchasing or building a new home, you need a full service Realtor. If you know that you can't buy a new house until your old house is sold, and you may need a temporary living situation, the Realtor will help with that as well.
Finding the right Realtor is going to be the most important part when making this all happen. Here are a few things you want to talk with the Realtor about when you consider making this transition.
You need to know what the listing price on the home you live in now is, to see what profit you will have after the sale to use towards your new purchase. This can vary between Realtors, so you'll want to have more than one Realtor tell you what they think they can get for your property. They should come equipped with comparable sales in the area to show you, along with marketing trends and more. Once you know what profit you should get, it can help you budget more for the new house.
Do you have to move into a rental property while you are looking for a new house, because you needed the sale of your original house to close before you could get into a new home? This is common, solet your Realtor know what your rental budget is. They should be able to find you suitable options in the area, even if you just need somewhere to stay for a few months. You may find it's best to stay in a rental for 6 months until the market gets more houses that suit your needs, or while you build.
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Talk with your mortgage company to see what type of house you can afford, so you know what to tell your Realtor. Your Realtor will then bring you houses that are in your budget in the area. To make sure you get the most for your money, have them bring you houses in nearby areas, or in all neighborhoods in the city where you live.
A full service real estate agent should be able to sell your home, find you a rental property while you are selling the house, and also can find you a dream home. Interview more than one and get a Realtor you feel will work for you.