Hope all is well, and your Holiday spirit is brimming over the top!
OK, I certainly agree, the title of this post may be silly, but the topic is anything but silly.
Amy Hoak did a great job addressing the "Accidental Landlords" in her story for the WSJ. Hoak defined one such landlord as "a landlord not by choice but because of circumstances beyond control", namely, the real-estate crash, in which this particular homeowner was suddenly faced with a choice: "sell for $100,000 less than what she paid, or hold on and hope that prices recover." She chose to hold on, rent the property, and thus, became an "Accidental Landlord". The chaos that ensued was a nightmare, that was harassing neighbors, and made complaints about everything from loud music to dust on her mailbox.
"Becoming a landlord when a property proves difficult to sell is also a gamble that housing prices will rebound fairly soon, and that the ultimate sale price will more than cover expenses incurred in the meantime.", says Hoak, but with that gamble also comes legal responsibilities, expenses, and "unforeseen headaches"
Lisa Eckert, a property manager for Coldwell Banker Bain, in Kirkland, Wash, commented in Hoak's article that she thinks we will see "a lot more owners becoming landlords" due to the economy, and says that people are "turning to renting out as the last-ditch effort". For example, Rick Sharga, executive vice president of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Carrington Mortgage Holdings LLC, says that rents are rising and there are millions of potential home buyers who are unable to qualify for mortgages.
If you find yourself at the threshold of becoming an "Accidental Landlord", there are some tips that were shared that can help you survive, such as high costs (such as taxes, insurance, possible homeowner association dues, maintenance, etc.). For some landlords, Hoak writes that they might be better off hiring a Property Manager. Basically, a Project Manager, who will handle the maintenance, along with collecting the rent and other related services to managing the property, all for a fee that varies regionally and locally.
Some of the additional tips that will help both new and seasoned landlords survive, include having a strong and enforceable contract, as well as full documentation of all correspondence, expenses, etc, should they ever need paperwork to bolster the reason for an eviction.
My favorite quote from Hoak's piece came from Jerry Arnold, who has been renting out a condo he owns in Seattle since 2009, and he said the following about renters; "Nobody treats a property like an owner".
Mr. Arnold, you are correct. However, there is one other group of people out there that also will treat a property like an owner; tenant-buyers, who are signed on to a Rent to Own contract. Basically, why just rent out a home that you can't sell? Why not rent it out with an option to buy, or Rent to Own?
Does that make sense? What do you think about that statement?
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