Selling Your Home vs. Keeping It As a Rental

How can you maximize the value of your primary residence?


You can always sell it, but did you know there’s another option that’s becoming increasingly popular? Converting your home into a rental property is a fantastic way to earn passive income, take advantage of tax exemptions, and build long-term wealth. However, there are some things you should know before you decide to go this route. To learn more, check out this video.

There are two main ways for homeowners to get value out of their current properties. First, you can sell the home and get your equity out of it. However, a less conventional strategy is becoming more popular in our area: converting your primary residence into a rental.

How do you do that? First, you need to speak with your lender if you haven’t paid off your mortgage. You typically can’t use a primary residence loan for investment purposes, so you may have to change the terms of your mortgage or wait until it is paid in full. Also, you must have lived in your home for at least 12 months before converting it into a rental. Finally, check local laws and HOA regulations to make sure it’s legal for you to make this switch.

There are some fantastic pros to converting your primary residence into a rental. For example, you’ll have a steady stream of passive income you can use to invest in other areas. Rents have been rising all over the country, so you might be able to make more money from your rental than you think.

There are also many tax benefits to rentals. Unlike primary residences, there are a lot of deductions that rentals may qualify for, including advertising, repairs, cleaning, and maintenance. However, the most important tax benefit is the depreciation expense. This is an exemption for general wear and tear, and it could make all of your rental income tax-free.

Unfortunately, there are some cons to turning your primary residence into a rental. Maintaining a rental can be a full-time job unless you pay a property management company to do it for you. Also, you forfeit the ability to exempt yourself from capital gain taxes when you eventually sell. You can get around this using a 1031 exchange, but you’d have to use the funds to purchase another investment property, so your options are limited.

The truth is that whether or not it makes sense to convert your primary residence into a rental depends on your situation. If you’d like to discuss the topic further, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d love to talk things over with you.

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Peter Chabris

Licensed in 2002, Peter launched The Chabris Group in 2007, which has earned the title of Cincinnati’s #1 real estate sales team since 2013. The team serves several hundred families every year and is recognized as the top sales team in Keller Williams’ Ohio Valley Region.