If your house has been listed for sale for some time and you’re not getting the response that you wanted, it may be time to look at another option. Especially if you’re not living in the house anymore and you now have another housing payment, this can and will become very expensive, very quickly. The other option that is available to you is to take the house off the “For Sale” market for a while and renting it with the guidance of a quality property management company.
Benefits of Property Management
This is not an overwhelming feat. There are property management companies who will handle all aspects of the renting process for you. This includes establishing a maximum market value for rent, advertising the property and even thoroughly screening the tenants while handling all the inspections and monthly maintenance on your behalf. This would provide you monthly income to take care of your mortgage responsibilities on the house and now give you the ability, in most cases, to write off any expenses associated with that property.
The benefit of renting your home instead of selling at a loss is that it will spare your wallet by allowing you to wait a year or longer until the housing market can turn around and save your credit the significant damages incurred by a short sale or foreclosure. Today the rental market is extremely active and because of that you could actually find yourself with a positive monthly cash flow by renting the property while still having the opportunity to sell the home when you are in a more equitable position.
Another benefit of renting is that it gets you out of your current house and into a house where you need to be if you are relocating or your family dynamics have changed. If you’ve relocated and still have the house haunting you because you can’t sell it, there’s no reason to try and maintain two housing payments. Renting gives you the financial freedom to focus on the house that you do want to live in.
Renting is becoming more and more popular with our current real estate market and because of that many of today’s homeowners that were original trying to sell are now finding themselves in a more favorable (and now profitable) position by renting the property. Especially when hiring a quality property management company to manage the property and allowing one to avoid the pitfalls of being an inexperienced landlord.
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