Definately good advice to get your house under contract prior to looking for another house.
Fortunately for you, it's still a Buyer's Market here in beautiful North Idaho!
We have approximately 4,000 homes on the market, and only selling about 175 per month, so, get your house listed, if not already, and WELCOME to North Idaho!
If you need a referral of a good listing agent in your area, please let me know....
Being licensed in CA, MT, WA & Idaho, I can help you with either Spokane or Coeur d Alene, so feel free to search the entire MLS on my website, or let me know if I can help with any questions you may have about either area!
Good Luck to YOU Megan!!
We are seeing increase sales in California and that is good for our area.
You don't mention where your property is in California.
In most areas of California there is a lack of inventory. That means that you should not have a problem selling your home. However, the PRICE at which your home will sell will be important because you state that you plan to use the proceeds from the sale to purchase your next home.
I would recommend talking with three REaltors in California and have them evaluate your property and provide you with proposals. Compare the proposals, then figure out your anticipated net proceeds.
Talk with your Realtor in Coeur d'Alene and ask them if they believe an offer with a sell contingency will be accepted. You might need to sell first. I agree with Don Tepper most of the time, and you should know that the strongest bargaining position will be when you have no sell contingency.
LMK if I can answer any relocation questions for you.