If you’ve been thinking about selling your condo, your timing couldn’t be better.

Here’s how to take advantage of today’s red-hot housing market in three easy steps.

Step 1: Find out how much your condo is worth

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Properly

The first thing you’ll want to do before listing your condo is to find out how much it’s worth.

A company like Properly can tell you the value of your condo in less than five minutes.

Just type in your address, answer a few quick questions, and Properly will instantly send you a free home valuation that’s 99% accurate.

You’ll also get a detailed breakdown of the market trends in your neighborhood, like how many other condos are for sale and how much above or below asking price they typically go for.

Step 2: Make sure your credit score is in good shape

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Once you know what you can get for your condo, you’ll have a better idea of how much mortgage you can afford for your next home.

A solid credit score is key if you want to lock in the best possible interest rate on a new mortgage, so before you start shopping around for houses you should check your score for free with Borrowell.

Most lenders will require you to have a score of at least 620 to qualify for a mortgage, but to be eligible for the lowest rates you should aim for a score of 713 or higher.

If your current score is lower than you’d like, Borrowell will send you personalized tips on how you can boost it fast. By following this free advice, some Borrowell users have seen their credit score increase by more than 100 points in just a few months.

Step 3: Find a new place and lock in an ultra-low mortgage

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After you’ve whipped your credit score into shape, it’s time to start hunting for your new house.

If your dream home pops up on the market before you list your condo, Properly will give you a guaranteed backup offer on your current place that will unlock its equity and allow you to make an offer right away.

You can then use a free service called Homewise to connect with an advisor who will find you the lowest possible rate on a mortgage and guide you through the whole mortgage process.

And with Properly’s guaranteed backup offer, you won’t have to deal with the headaches of showings and open houses while you transition to your new home — they’ll wait until you’re all settled in before they put your condo up on the market.

Don’t wait — start the process today

It’s a seller’s market right now, but no one can say just how long this housing boom will last. If you’re planning to upgrade from a condo to a house, this is an ideal time to make the move.

Even if you’re just curious about how much your condo is worth, getting a home valuation from Properly is totally free and it only takes a few minutes.

About the Author

Shane Murphy

Shane Murphy

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Shane is a reporter for MoneyWise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from Western University and is a graduate of the Algonquin College Scriptwriting program.