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you also might be able to find something now/soon; make an offer with a far away close date and a pre-qual (different from a pre-approval) as proof of funds/financing and come to agreement. some sellers might appreciate knowing their house is in agreement and that they have the summer to stay there. If you were to do this, I recommend extending the inspection period as well as mortgage contingency until it's closer time to close.
the other option is to find something, close this spring and leaseback to the seller until you're ready to move out. you could leaseback at the amount of your monthly payments or whatever is fair. the struggle on this option will be to get owner occupied financing when you do intend to leaseback for a couple months.
but with a creative mortgage broker, it seems doable.
Good Luck with the process. Have fun with it ;)
It might take some time to find the right Realtor for you so now would be a good time to begin to visit Open Houses in your target area and meeting the agents who are holding the house open. It's a good way to get to know the local Realtors.
Also, it would be a good idea to start looking at some open houses. This will give you an idea of not only what you want in a home , but a what you do not want.
If you are interested I can set you up in my weekly "edutizing" email program. This contains some great facts about the home buying and ownership process.
If you have any question about your credit, then it wouldn't hurt to meet with a lender now to see where you stand. If you have any blemishes on your credit, a lender will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do to get your credit improved in order to buy a home.
And, if it doesn't look like you'll be able to meet the 9 month timeframe, better to know now so you can make rental arrangements instead.
Hope this helps!
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I would get started soon.