This is a question that many people have inquired about. Market conditions are starting to make people think outside the box.
To answer your question it's not that common, but it can be done. Usually there are too many scenarios that have to play out just right in order for one of these deals to work. Finding someone to agree to all the terms involved is the challenge.
I would be happy to assist you in doing some research and see if we can contact a builder or homeowner that can accomodate your request. If you would like to share some more details about your home and what you are looking for I could go ahead and contact some builders in your search area and see who is willing to discuss some options. Do you have your home listed or have had it listed in the past without success? Your home may not be that difficult to sell even though market conditions are tough.
Our brokerage just had our best Jan. & Feb. numbers ever in one of the toughest markets ever! Be sure to contact me and lets see if we can find a solution that works for you.
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Actual home trades are more common with investors and are rare in those instances. The main people doing them are higher level investors and they are trading "units" - as in, they aren't even referring to them as homes anymore.
Another common "trade" is a 1031 tax exchange. Again, this can only be used on investment property, but is a great way to "trade" up or down to a home, tax free. Please contact me about this if you are interested.
The big thing here, is the market. Even if you find a willing seller, you would have to both agree on market prices for your homes. In your case Snellville, is a bit slower than Dunwoody and Duluth. Of course, you'd be expected to bring the money for the difference in the homes and in a trade scenario, that would most likely have to be cash (if we're talking very strictly a trade).
What is more likely to happen is that you agree to "trade" but then sell your homes to each other. That will make more sense and be "cleaner." Plus it allows for financing.