This contributed post is for informational purposes only. Please consult a financial and real estate professional before making any decisions.
There are a plethora of reasons why the whole buying and selling a house thing is more stressful than divorce (or at least on a par), but the top of that pile is the dreaded house-buying chain stress. Just when you think every little has been ironed out and you are ready to move into your new place, the sale on yours falls through and so does all the progress that lead you to this point. It is infuriating.
The ideal situation is avoiding a chain at all costs, or at last only getting yourself into a small chain. That can be a simple matter of choosing the right seller-slash-buyer, learning what selling a house fast entails, buying new-build properties or selling first, renting and then going on the house hunt.