To Rent or To Sell?: The Breakdown

May 17, 2024

To Rent or To Sell?: The Breakdown

Deciding between renting and selling your property?  It can be easy to get frozen in place just deciding where to start!. Fear not - as your seasoned real estate superheroes, we're here to help you sort it all out. 

Here are a few things you'll need to weigh when deciding whether to sell or to rent:

  1. Comparing Real Numbers: Time for some math. You'll want to compare the net proceeds from selling your property with the potential net rental income. We can assist you in calculating these figures accurately, including closing fees, monthly holding costs, etc. It's easy to forget things like allowances for vacancies and maintenance, or local transfer taxes. We're here to help you get a handle on the nitty-gritty.
  2. Know the Laws: Do you know what state and local rent control laws are applicable to your property? San Francisco has complex and serious rent control considerations. Understanding your rights and obligations as a landlord is vital, and these can vary significantly depending on what type of property you have and where it's located. 
  3. Future Plans: Consider your plans for the proceeds if you decide to sell. Will you need the funds for your next primary residence, or do you intend to invest them? If the latter, it's important to estimate the return on investment compared to potential rental income plus property appreciation over time.
  4. Homeowner Exemption: Don't get caught off guard: If you've been renting your place for the past year or two, keep an eye on homeowner tax exemption deadlines. Missing one could mean leaving a lot of money on the table.
  5. Tax Considerations: Explore the possibility of a 1031 exchange to defer capital gains tax if you sell your property. This option could provide valuable tax benefits, but it's essential to understand the process fully.
  6. Market Awareness: Assess where you stand in the market cycle. Are rental rates increasing or decreasing? Are property prices at their peak, or are they showing signs of decline? Understanding market trends can help you make a more informed decision.

Let's get together and crunch some numbers! If you're looking for honest guidance, you've come to the right place. By collaborating with your tax professional and our team, we can help you navigate the "Sell" vs. "Rent" dilemma. 

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of how each option aligns with your personal and financial objectives. Get in touch with us today for personalized advice tailored to your situation. We do not charge for this service. And, even though we do make our living selling homes, we will be the first ones to tell you if "hold" is the right play. Our clients are clients for life, not just for today!


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