We’re not going to lie, the real estate market is looking pretty good right now. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, there is plenty of money to be made. Rent prices are high as are home values. When you buy an investment property, your goal is to make money. This is typically done by charging more in rent costs than the mortgage and expected expenses in order to provide you with a little extra each month. However, the other way that homes for rent make you money is by holding onto the property over time and gaining equity. By paying down the mortgage and waiting, your home will increase in value providing you an ever growing source of income. If your rental property has served its purpose, then it may be time for you to sell it if you’re looking for a large lump-sum of money. However, this can get tricky when you own a home for rent. Here are some things to consider if you decide it’s time to sell your investment property.
When you opt to sell a home for rent, whether in the Little Rock area or else where, it’s important to consider timing first and foremost. You don’t want your property sitting vacant for several months during the selling process. This costs you money in both the mortgage and maintaining the utilities. You also don’t want to sell mid-lease with your tenants, as that can add more problems than anything else. The ideal time to sell is to start just prior to the end of a current tenant’s lease. In addition, if you can sell during the summer months, all the better.
Working with Tenants
Working with your current tenants is actually the most difficult part of selling a home for rent. You want to be able to show the home prior to them vacating, but you have to do so in accordance with their lease. This is best done by choosing a Realtor who has extensive experience working with rental properties. They know how best to work within the confines of the lease and how to work with tenants to reach an appropriate resolution. Imagine working with a Realtor who isn’t used to working with tenants and tenants that are extremely messy. This can make it hard to show a home to its best potential.
The most important aspect of selling a home for rent when you have tenants is that just like they are legally obligated to abide by what is put forth in the lease, so are you. This means that you have to follow any details laid out in the lease for showing or selling the house. Once again, it’s exceptionally important to work with your property manager and an experienced Realtor in order to make sure you follow all the rules as well.
Here at Real Property Management Central Arkansas, we will help you with as many steps as possible no matter what your investment property needs are. Whether you want to buy an investment property, sell your current one, or just need hassle-free management, we’re the trusted company to turn to. Call for more information.
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