We're considering buying a new (to us) house in order to downsize our mortgage pmt and be closer to family/better schools. Our current home is our fist, purchased in April of 2003 for ~$200K. It was very outdated when we bought it, and thus we got it for cheaper than other comparable homes on our street which were going for $225K+. We're looking at selling for $225K - $235K in order to be able to have 15-20% down on our next house. Based on some research we've done, that should be within reach. Now for my questions: this is our first time selling a house and buying another, and we're apprehensive to say the least. I know the seller typically pays closing costs, so we'd be on the hook for those. What other expenses are typical? (Ohio, if it varies by region) How long do you have from when you close on selling your house until the time you have to move out? Is that negotiated in the selling agreement? How long can you sit on the profits from a home sale without getting reamed with taxes? We might sell now and wait until spring to buy if we don't find something right away, would this be a problem? We were looking at using a flat fee realtor (NextHome.com) service that gets us listed in the MLS but requires us to host our own open houses. Does anyone have experience with these services? Are there any sites that will list home sales for our area to assist in pricing our house? Wells Fargo has one, but doesn't list any data for our house (although it did two years ago when we bought it). Thanks for any help you can give, -Brett.