Should You Rent Your House or Sell It?

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Making a big decision about your home can be one of the most difficult tasks to do as a homeowner. Should you rent it out and reap some additional income or just sell your house outright? This is no small undertaking and there are many financial obligations to consider such as taxes, repairs and maintenance along with price speculation issues. The answer isn’t always cut-and-dry, but we’ve taken the time to outline both scenarios so that you can make an informed decision on whether renting or selling is right for you.

While running a short-term rental may seem like an enticing concept, there are various challenges you must confront in order to make it successful. These can range from handling maintenance issues and finding reliable tenants to navigating the everchanging regulations – all of which could potentially put your homeowning goals on hold.

Turning property into a profitable investment requires serious consideration. Take time to reflect on if you can dedicate the necessary effort and commitment before signing up with any exterior hosting platform that advertises your rental listing, as they have stringent expectations for their hosts. Managing this process is no easy task- though may be highly rewarding!

As a prospective landlord, you’ll need to decide if you’re up for the task of tackling day-to-day maintenance and repairs or would prefer having someone else take care of that. Considering your network can be invaluable when it comes to finding affordable contractors in case something needs tending to quickly. Ultimately though, deciding whether this is something you want [and able] to do yourself will determine how much responsibility – and burden – falls on your shoulders as a homeowner looking towards renting out their property.

Owning a short-term rental can be quite the investment. While there is an initial cost, one must also consider potential future risks that could arise from such endeavors. Being a host comes with its own set of risks that can include dealing with troublesome tenants, the possibility of stolen or broken possessions, disgruntled next-door neighbors and even legal complications resulting from local regulations.

Location is a major determinant of the success of short-term rentals. Prospective renters are more likely to be drawn towards areas that offer leisure and tourist attractions, so homes found in secluded locations may find it difficult to generate interest from customers – inevitably affecting their revenue stream.

To ensure success when starting your rental business, it’s wise to thoroughly research local market trends. Understand the varying prices and evaluate foot traffic season by season – this will allow for a much smoother transition into achieving those goals!

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Diane Casey Luong Realtor does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Diane Casey Luong will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

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About Diane Casey Luong

As an award-winning, full-time Realtor®, Diane is a proven leader among Worcester MA real estate agents, fully committed to you and your property goals.

As a requested speaker, Diane educates audiences on topics such as the purchasing foreclosure properties, nuances of the real estate market from neighborhood to neighborhood, and understanding the ever-changing trends in the real estate industry.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Academy of Real Estate, Diane has brought her expertise in real estate to Worcester, MA, and its surrounding towns.


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