Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many
homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they're concerned that
they may not be able to find a new one.
This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell-whether to
upgrade or find a new neighborhood-there are a few ways to combat the
low inventory.

Look to buy first
In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before
you start looking for your new property.
Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if
you don't see anything on Zillow, it doesn't mean you can't or won't
find the right home.

Think outside the box
Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you
who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate
agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where
you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while
announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You
could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for

Protect yourself legally
Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your
real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract
for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home
if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.