Originally this term arose to mean exactly what it said, "A buyer who has nothing to sell because this is their first purchase". Over time it has become associated with anyone who does not need to sell in order to buy, be this their first or their twentieth property purchase. It's worth letting any agent know if this is your situation as you will be much more attractive to many vendors.
Your advantage is that, should you make an offer, the vendor is only reliant on you and your solicitor to get the sale through. If you have something to sell, even if an offer has been agreed on it, there is still twice as much to go wrong and the vendor you wish to purchase from knows absolutely nothing about the stability of your buyer. In recent years it has become increasingly popular for home owners to sell and move into rented accommodation before they start looking for something to buy. Many have realised the cost of renting is often outweighed by the lower offers that are accepted by vendors from First Time Buyers. Such buyers are also sometimes referred to as chain free buyers.
I'm Tim Hill, Author of How to Really Buy a Property. I'm a property buyer, seller, landlord, tenant and I've been an agent in hundreds of transactions. I own a property portfolio across Europe but that doesn't mean I think you should to!
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