This isn't an easy decision to make, so let's take it in parts:
-- selling is harder now, and you're right about taking any profit out of your unit after commissions today
-- however, the market is getting better every day, with much 'movement' expected with a new administration coming to town
-- owning your McLean unit for a few more years should serve you well
-- as a rental your place is very attractive, size and location wise
-- renting it furnished helps you as wel: (i) you don't have any place to take your furniture, so will save storage costs ($400/month?) and (ii) renting 'furnished' adds nicely to a rental rate say $500/month or more to a $2,500/month unfurnished number)
-- renting quite short term, say 'furnished' in 6-month increments could add even more to a per month rate
You may have other considerations, or course, but it sounds to me like renting, (furnished at that), may be your best option. Let me know if I can help, 301-801-2970. Cheers
If you rent you will never cover your mortgage and HOA. In addition the rent becomes income and is therefore TAXED. When you factor in appreciation on both the place and your furniture, I feel this becomes a bad idea, unless you would consider keeping the place long term and making it an investment property, but that is a whole other conversation.
Although the resale market is slower than it was in the past, properties are still selling. Your timing will have you trying to sell in the most active part of the year... which is a good thing. Without knowing what you owe on your home, it is hard to say what you would net from the sale. Without seeing your home it is hard to tell what it would list for. For a more complete answer I would suggest speaking with an agent to go over the answers in more detail. I am both an agent and landlord of multiple properties and would be happy to help you in any way I can. Please call me 240-372-3902 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully this helps a bit!