September 11th, 2018 12:36 PM by Michele Morse Reen
Buying a home is thrilling and exciting and terrifying all at once. Add in the fact that you haven’t sold your current home, and there are many more moving parts to your transaction. In a hot real estate market, sometimes you have to jump in and make an offer before you’re quite ready (or able) to sell your current home. If you have a hefty savings account and income sufficient to qualify for both of your mortgages, it might not be a problem, But for millions of homeowners, this scenario requires a different solution.
First and foremost, you can consider submitting an offer with a contingency. While this makes things easier on paper, it can affect the desirability of your offer - especially in aforementioned hot markets. Putting your current home up for sale first can mitigate some of this risk for the seller of your new home, but there will likely still be some sort of contingency in the event your home doesn’t sell or the sale falls through.
In order to put yourself in a position of strength at the negotiating table, you’ll want your house to be sold, and all contingencies from your buyers signed off prior to submitting your offer. Again, this is an ideal scenario, but not necessarily practical.
A Bridge Loan is a short-term financing solution that allows you to finance two homes at once, temporarily. Once you sell your current home, you pay off the temporary bridge loan and are left with the one mortgage on your new home.
American Pacific Mortgage offers two programs to secure your bridge financing:
Either way, you can get the equity out of your current home to facilitate your new home - without the seller looking askance at whether your offer is bonafide. Add an APM approval letter and you’ve put yourself as close to a cash buyer as possible without having to actually have cash on hand for the purchase. This puts you in a much better negotiation position with the seller and takes a load of the worry out of the gymnastics required when buying and selling at the same time.
Be sure to talk to Michele about what option might work best for you, and put yourself in the driver's seat for your next home purchase.