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When is the Right Time to Sell Your Rental Property?

Henrico County Rental Home for SaleAs a Henrico County investment property owner, you can spend a lot of time acquiring and managing your investment property. But a good rental property owner understands the time will come when they will have to sell the property. Although it may be years in the future or sooner than you imagine, it may be difficult to know when that right time has arrived.

As your life circumstances change, you might need to adjust 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 following a few easy guidelines, you can be better prepared when the time is right to sell your rental property.

Your Property Values Go Up

One key 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 in the long term.

To tell if this is the case, you would need to calculate your return on equity (divide your annual profit in rent by your anticipated equity/cash out at sale). If the subsequent 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 might start that way, but then earnings may decline over time. If you are holding a property that has not been manufacturing an income for some time, you may feel like selling.

Before you verify that your property isn’t profitable, you should speak with our Henrico County 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

Sometimes the reason you think about selling has nothing to do with the property itself but with other opportunities that happen in your life. Or perhaps you are tired of owning rental homes and want to branch out into different types of investing. Anyhow, when opportunities call, it may mean the time has come to sell your rental. However, 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

Another reason many rental property owners decide to sell is to complete retirement plans – even if you are retiring from rental property ownership, not necessarily your career as an investor. As you already 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

In the end, 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 unsure whether the time is right to sell, it may be time to ask for some expert advice. At Real Property Management Richmond Metro, 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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