Author Topic: To sell or rent  (Read 731 times)


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To sell or rent
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:43:34 AM »
Edit 1: added information to the facts
I am trying to decide whether to sell my current house or try and rent it.  I plan to move between where my girlfriend and I currently work to split the commute (with the way our jobs are currently, changing jobs is not currently an option).
Bought the house 1 year ago this week

Market Value: $183 - 190k
Original Purchase price: $141k
Cost: $141k
1650 sqft, 3br, 1.5ba, .5 acre
Loan: traditional
rate: 4.1%
mortgage: $1100 (12 total payments as of this month)
Term: 30 years
Remaining: 29 years
Principal Remaining: ~$134k

Investments into the house: $20k
added .5ba, central air, redid kitchen, interior paint, electrical work
Current house value (not a fact, based on comps): $183 - 190k
Rental value (based on trulia, Zillow, and craigslist comps): $1500

If I were to sell within my expected range, what would my tax exposure look like? Capital gains since its within 2yrs of purchase?

Currently leaning towards selling, however, I could be convinced to rent with a solid argument.  This is the first house I have owned so I am pretty new to this entire process.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 11:06:37 AM by slow2save »

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Re: To sell or rent
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2018, 06:07:51 PM »
Selling expenses and your capital improvements probably make the capital gain moot.

Mother Fussbudget

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Re: To sell or rent
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 09:03:33 PM »
Have you used BiggerPocket's "SFH Analysis" spreadsheet or one of the other back-of-the-envelope spreadsheets to do a 'turnkey calculation' on how your house would perform as a rental? 

My back of the envelope numbers show a 9.0 cap rate, and a $398/month cash flow rate.  It's tight, but it could work.