Dian Hymer

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: For years, trade-up buyers have preferred to buy their new home before selling the old one. Today, it’s easy to make an argument that the more prudent way to make a trade-up move is to sell your home first before buying a new one. In addition to more rigorous financing qualification, it’s difficult to know in advance how long it will take to sell your home and for how much. The inconvenience of renting for awhile may be far less onerous than the financial misery you could experience if you buy first and discover you can’t sell your old home.