How to buy and sell at the same time in Seattle.


Buying and Selling At The Same Time

I'm a mom, wife, podcast junkie & Realtor.  In this blog, we talk about key real estate topics and explore what it means to create a life we love living. 

Hi! I'm Kaylynn 

Hello, Friends! Today, I want to dive into a topic that many of my clients face (and you might too if you clicked on this post): buying and selling a home at the same time.

Whether you’re upgrading to accommodate a growing family or downsizing to embrace a new chapter, managing both transactions can seem daunting. With the right guidance and preparation, you can navigate this dual journey with confidence and success.

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Understanding Your Options

Before diving into the process, let’s explore the two primary options: buying first and then selling, or selling first before buying. Each approach comes with its own set of pros and cons, so it’s essential to consider your unique situation and priorities.

Option 1: Buying First


  • Allows you to secure your dream home without the pressure of a tight timeline.
  • Provides flexibility for moving into your new home at your own pace.
  • Minimizes the risk of being temporarily homeless if your current home sells quickly.


  • Requires managing two mortgages simultaneously, which can strain your finances.
  • May result in increased stress if your current home takes longer to sell than anticipated.
  • Limited negotiating power when making offers, as sellers may prioritize buyers with no home sale contingency.

Option 2: Selling First


  • Eliminates the financial burden of carrying two mortgages.
  • Provides a clearer picture of your budget and purchasing power for your next home.
  • Streamlines the buying process, as you can make offers with no home sale contingency.


  • Risk of temporary housing if your home sells quickly before finding a new one.
  • Limited flexibility in negotiating the timeline for moving into your new home.
  • Potential for rushed decision-making when selecting your next home.

Determining the Right Path for You

Now that you understand the options, how do you decide which path is best for your situation? Here are a few key considerations to help guide your decision-making process:

  1. Consultation: To provide personalized advice, I start every transaction with a Discovery Call to discuss your goals, timelines and questions. This is especially the case in a buy/sell transaction where logistics and the right financial options are key to success.
  2. Financial Preparedness: Evaluate your financial situation carefully. Do you have enough savings to cover the costs of owning two homes temporarily if you buy first? Or would selling first alleviate financial strain?
  3. Market Conditions: Take a close look at the current real estate market in Seattle. Are homes selling quickly, or is inventory moving slowly? Understanding market dynamics can inform your timing strategy.
  4. Contingency Planning: Consider your backup plan in case things don’t go as expected. Are you prepared to secure temporary housing if your home sells before finding a new one? Having a contingency plan in place can provide peace of mind.


Navigating the process of buying and selling a home simultaneously can be complex, but with careful planning and expert guidance, you can achieve your real estate goals with confidence. Whether you choose to buy first or sell first, weigh the pros and cons, and consider what aligns best with your priorities and financial situation. With the right strategy in place, you’ll soon be settling into your new home and embracing the next chapter of your life in beautiful Seattle.

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