What happens if you just bought a home, and you suddenly realize it's no longer a good fit for your lifestyle?
Imagine this. You purchase your dream home. It has a great open floor plan, large windows that look out over the oak tree filled lawn, and a closet big enough for his shoes too. Then, six months later you suddenly get pregnant, and realize there is no way you could raise a family in what you thought was your dream house.
Well, you essentially have two options in this case.
1. You sell your current home
2. You rent out your current home
There are other options, but in order to determine the best option you really need to talk a REALTOR. A real estate agent will be able to give you a realistic estimate of what you can sell your home for and what you could expect to get in monthly rent if you decide to lease the property. They will also factor in your unique lifestyle and financial situation to help you strategize the best course of actions.
In an ideal world, you will be able to sell your home for more than you paid for it. A real estate agent can provide you with comparable home sales, and a net sheet showing what you would make on the sale after expenses.
But, what happens if that number is negative? This is where you need to get creative. Maybe, you can lease your home for enough money each month to cover the mortgage and any additional costs such as repairs, HOA fees, etc. But, what happens if you can't?
This is when you have to put your thinking cap on and start really looking outside the box. I love problem-solving and a few creative solutions could get you pinning insta-worthy nurseries in no time.
If you can't sell your home for enough money as is, maybe you could make some improvements that would yield incredible returns. Invest a few grand in flooring and paint, and sell your home for $30k more! It's possible if you have an experienced professional by your side who can advise you on the best home improvement projects.
Maybe, you can't rent your home long-term for a profit, but have you considered renting it short term? Airbnbs can provide way more rental revenue than a long-term tenant. You will have to look carefully at your HOA guidelines and city laws to ensure this is a viable solution. Many HOA’s limit short term rentals to leases of 30 days or more. This would eliminate the airbnb solution, but you could still rent your home furnished. I once had a client who was a traveling nurse, she told me about how traveling nurses often need a furnished rental for a few months, and they pay inflated rates for these brief leases.
Furthermore, I know first hand how a monthly rental can bridge the gap between homes. When we moved into our home, we had to find a place to stay for two months before our home was ready. We paid a premium for this brevity, and many families find themselves in similar situations when they are moving.
No matter what your unique situation is, I’m positive there is a solution that will allow you to move forward! Contact me today, so that we can start working on the solution that will be the easiest for you and leave the most money in your pocket!
Erika Rae Albert
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