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Do I Need to Sell Before I Buy?

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence.

Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job transfer? Regardless of the motivation for keeping one property while purchasing another, let’s address this question with the mortgage approval in mind:

So, Do I Need to Sell Before I Buy?

Yes. No. Maybe. It depends.

Welcome to the wonderful world of mortgage lending. Only in this industry can one simple question elicit four answers…. and all of them may be right for the right situation.

If you are in a financial position where you qualify to afford both your current residence and the proposed payment on your new house, then the simple answer is NO!

Qualifying based on your Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio is one thing, but remember to budget for the additional expenses of maintaining multiple properties. Everything from mortgage payments, increased property taxes and hazard insurance to unexpected repairs should be factored into your final decision.

What If I Rent My Current Property?

This situation presents the “maybe” and the “it depends” answers to the question.

If you’re not quite qualified to carry both mortgages and housing expenses, you may have to rent the other property in order to offset the mortgage payment.

In that scenario, the lender will typically only count 75% of the monthly gross rent you are proposing to receive. So if you are going to receive $1000 a month in rent and your current payment is $100, the lender is going to factor in an additional $750 of monthly debt in your overall Debt-to-Income Ratios.

If you would like more information on whether you need to sell before you buy, please contact us today! 

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