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  • Writer's pictureLily Lassalle

Selling VS Renting Your Property

Whether you own a home or you're thinking of moving into a new one, the decision to sell or rent out your property can be a difficult choice. Renting can allow you to make significant income from your property but requires a bit of management and patience. On the other hand, selling can give homeowners immediate cash flow but requires a bit of hard work and paperwork. At the end of the day, whether selling or renting your property is the right choice or not will depend on your needs and wants. Here are some important things you should know before deciding between the two.

Things To Look Out For

Both selling and renting have their own pros and cons. But before you jump into the selling or renting bandwagon, here are some things to look out for.


Selling properties can cause huge tax burdens, especially in different states such as Florida. If the value of your house is higher than $500,000 or if you're an investor and haven't lived in the house for over two years, you are accustomed to paying taxes. On the other hand, a rental home can be depreciated for taxes. This can help to reduce tax burdens yearly. The owner of a rental property can deduct many expenses from the house, including property taxes and repair costs. Reaching out to your tax professional before making the decision is definitely a good idea.

Value Of The House

It's essential to know the value of a house before you set out to sell it. You should always compare it with the current market value and keep in mind the predictions for its future. Some people rent out their houses for a couple of years to increase their equity.

Managing The Property And People

When renting out their place, the number one quality one should have is dealing with people. Will you be able to handle late-night calls when the tap starts leaking? Can you deal with people who don't pay their rent on time? It’s important to realize that stains on the walls and countertop burns are inevitable, so be prepared to have to deal with any issues that arise.

When Should You Consider Renting Your Property?

If you are still not sure whether you should rent your property or not, then here are some scenarios in which renting could be more beneficial than selling.

● You’re moving out temporarily

● You want to buy a new place and rent out the old one as an investment

● If you’re going to set your property as your first rental so you can create a rental portfolio.

When Should You Consider Selling Your Property

Selling your property can have some extra benefits over renting. If you find yourself in any of the scenarios below, then consider the selling option over renting.

● You need to release money that's tied up in your house

● You need money to pay of debts or a new home

● Your moving a long way and don't want to have old ties to a particular place

Whichever way you are leaning, I can help guide you along the way by listing your house for sale or for rent.


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