When you are trying to buy a new home and have one to sell before you can do so it can be tricky. Lots of buyers will try to make buying a home contingent on selling the one they own. Most of the time this kind of offer is rejected outright. In the article at Maximum Real Estate Exposure, you will see how home sale contingencies work and why they are looked upon negatively. There are better ways to approach the buying/selling process than trying to make your purchase contingent on selling your existing home.