Should You Sell or Rent Your Townhouse in Snohomish?

Should You Sell or Rent Your Townhouse in Seattle_

It’s definitely a dilemma and sometimes a tough one to resolve. Should you sell or rent your townhouse in Snohomish?

There is, of course, no one best across-the-board answer for every townhouse owner and every situation. Everyone’s situation, requirements, and expectations are unique. So we offer below some questions you can ask yourself to determine what’s best for you.

Should You Sell or Rent Your Townhouse in Snohomish?

Will it produce cash flow?

If you’re not satisfied with your current home value, renting out the house can provide some income while you wait for your home value to rise. The first step in answering “Should you sell or rent your townhouse in Snohomish?” is listening to what the math tells you. If you’re considering renting, you absolutely must determine whether the property will produce a positive cash flow.

After you deduct all the monthly expenses from the rental payments, will there be money left over? Be sure to take into account all the expenses – utilities, mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, management costs, vacancy costs, repairs, HOA dues, and any others. If, after doing this math, you see that you’ll realize only a very small profit or could be facing a loss, then selling is probably your better option.

Will I get a return on my investment?

This is also one of the things you will question yourself. Next, you need to consider return on investment (ROI). If you choose to sell your townhouse, you’ll lose about 10% right off the top of the sale price to closing costs, agent fees, and other sales expenses.Then you have to consider whether the property has appreciated and the health of the current market to determine whether you’ll make over and above the original sale price. If it turns out you’ll make very little, it might be better to hold on to the property and rent it for a time, especially if this could provide a decent cash flow.

Am I prepared to deal with tenants?

It’s about being prepared. Before the start of your tenant’s lease, make sure you have a lease contract signed and notarized. But in trying to find the best answer to the question “Should you sell or rent your townhouse in Snohomish?” you need to be brutally honest about your preparedness and willingness to be a landlord. Dealing with tenants can be, to put it mildly, unpleasant at times.

Some tenants are a delight to deal with while others – no matter how well you vet them beforehand – require a lot of time, patience, and persistence. And still, others sometimes trash the place they rent, which will require you to make the repairs.

You, can, however, learn the skill of being a landlord over time if you’re willing to put in the effort. If you don’t want to do that but still want to rent, you could hire a professional property management company. It will cost you some, but it will considerably reduce the stress of being a rental property owner.

But if these options don’t appeal to you, then selling might be your best bet.

What are the current market conditions and long-term outlook?

A primary consideration is a current market and the long-term outlook for the area where your property is located. You’ll need to look into the demand for similar rental properties in the immediate area. You will also need to determine the value of comparable properties (if you intend to sell) and the average rental rates for comparable properties (if you want to rent).

You will also need to check into the movement of property values. Are they improving or declining? If property values are going up, you might want to hang on to your townhouse and rent it in order to give it time to appreciate. If values are declining, you might want to sell while you can still make a profit and before the market declines below that point.

So, should you sell or rent your townhouse in Snohomish? Hopefully, these questions will help you arrive at the best answer for your unique situation.


Emily Cressey

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker residing in Lake Forest Park, WA who services the Greater Seattle area including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Kenmore, Bothell and Edmonds, WA.

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