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When is the Right Time to Sell Your Rental Property?

Glendale Rental Home for SaleAs a Glendale investment property owner, you may find yourself dedicating a lot of time to acquiring and managing your investment property. A few good rental property owner knows the time will come when they will need to sell the property. Even though it may be years in the future or sooner than you think, it can be a test to know when that right time has arrived.

As your life circumstances differ over time, you may need to improve your ownership status and strategy to make room for new opportunities or prepare for a new stage of life. The good news is that by developing a few simple guidelines, you can be better prepared when the time is right to sell your rental property.

Your Property Values Go Up

One significant figure you should keep your eye on is your property’s long-term rental income potential compared to its current value at sale. This is due to the fact that as markets heat up, you may find that you could make more in the short term from selling a rental property than you would generate through rental income over the long term.

To find out if this is where the issue comes from, you would need to calculate your return on equity (divide your annual profit in rent by your projected equity/cash out at sale). If the resulting number is small or negative, it might be time to sell and invest that money back into your real estate portfolio.

Your Property Isn’t Profitable

Not all rental properties are profitable in the long term. Some may originate that way, but then earnings may decline over time. If you are holding a property that has not been providing an income for some time, you may feel like selling.

Prior to making conclusions about whether or not your property isn’t profitable, you would need to chat with our Glendale property managers and ask about a rental assessment. If you’re not getting market value for your current property, you could be leaving dollars at the door.

You Want to Invest in Other Ways

Every so often, the reason you think about selling has nothing to do with the property itself but with other opportunities that arise in your life. Or perhaps you are tired of owning rental homes and want to branch out into different types of investing. Either way, when opportunities call, it may mean the time has come to sell your rental. Nevertheless, if you decide to do so, be careful to determine your tax liability from the sale and consider the most advantageous timing.

You’re Ready to Retire

There’s another reason many rental property owners decide to sell and that is to finalize retirement plans – even if you are retiring from rental property ownership, not necessarily your career as an investor. As you now know, owning rental real estate is a great way to save up for retirement. Investors of all sizes often include at least some property holdings in their retirement planning. If you are ready to retire and need your equity to fund your retirement plans, the time may be right to sell.

You Need Money

Lastly, one of the only guarantees about life is that things can and do change. Suppose your life changes in such a way that you need money, whether to fund a college education, pay medical expenses, or any of a dozen other things. In that case, it may be necessary to sell your rental property. Even though it may seem like you need to sell fast, be sure that the amount you can get for the property makes sense – especially if you could potentially pay for your pressing expenses in another way, such as an education loan. You may come to regret underselling your property because you are in a rush for cash.

If you’re still hesitant whether the time is right to sell, it may be time to ask for some expert advice. At Real Property Management Vision, we advise rental property owners on all aspects of their investment properties, from finding off-market properties to buy to devising property management strategies that are best for you. To learn more about what we offer, contact us online.

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