do you have any equity and what is the balance on your mortage loan? What is the acitvity os sellers and buyer's in your area? Can you ask your neighbor's or ex/co workers to promte your the selling or leasing of your home? A Realtor can help you weight all your options.
Let us know, what you decided and how it works outs for you.
Some things I would suggest you look for in a property manager - experience, number of properties managed, and most importantly, how comfortable do you feel with them. Since you will be in OH you want to be sure you and your family feel like you're in good hands.
A fellow agent in my office is a great property manager (in my opinion) and I would galdly pass on his info to you so you could investigate further.
(Please know that I am not offering this referral to him for any sort of compensation, as this I would do for him as a friend and someone who has helped guide me in my career. I value what he does for me on a regular basis and although we all love referrals, this is one I would make as a Realtor who values him as an agent.)
Good luck again and if there's anything else, please feel free to ask.
If we consider leasing the home, what will a property manager do for us? Leasing sounds like a good route. But again the concern is how do we find someone to lease the home...considering the competition with apartments.
Oh, our home is in Bulverde Village for those that have so kindly responded.
Thank you for all the advise.
At this point, you probably need to list sooner rather than later. On average, it takes close to 120 days to sell a house. Some sell faster, some slower, some not at all. Everyone is right, in that the most important factor to make an immediate impact in the demand for your home is pricing.
While renting it out isn't your first choice, it is still a viable option, and better than potentially losing it to foreclosure, short sale, etc. Often, I have clients that try to sell, but if they don't get sufficient bites on the house, they end up leasing.
The important part for you, if you want to lease, is to have an adequate property manager to manage the property while you're gone. This is an ongoing expense, but will provide tremendous peace of mind, and with a new baby, peace of mind is priceless. Even if you're at a small loss each month, it may be more affordable than other possibilities.
Give me a call, 210 521 0068, and I'll give you a no cost consultation in greater detail on what your options are, what I can do to help you, and what to expect from the process. Or, if you prefer, email me at email@example.com.
Best of Luck
There are other things to consider if you are going to sell. How long have you lived in the house? how much do you owe? how do homes in your area sell?
So it sounds like you'd rather get this home sold sooner rather than later. I think your best bet is to price it very competitively, offer any sort of incentive you feel comfortable with, and find yourself an agent who you think can help you market the house effectively in order to effect the quickest sale. I would gladly speak to you further about this.
One other note to help prepare yourself - call your mortgage company and get your current loan payoff so that you know how (exactly) you owe, this will help the agent and you come up with a list price that will both meet your financial and timeframe goals.
Good luck with the new baby and your move to OH.
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Matt gave some real good advice...What's your time frame for selling/moving?? Are there a lot of homes for sale in your neighborhood?? If not, you might want to talk to your neighbors & perhaps provide them with a flyer in reference to. Many times your neighbors may have friends or family who might want o live closer to them...Buyer & agent incentives would go along way in addition to a fair market price...Good Luck.
Your best bet would be to list the house at the best fair market price. Make sure the home is clean, staged well, and looks great for potential buyers. Make any repairs necessary before listing it. Find an agent willing to work hard to market your property and expose it to the greatest number of potential buyers. If you're able - buyer incentives can help too (help with closing costs, allowances, etc.). You need to look around your neighborhood (and your agent should do this for you) and know what's out there and what you can do to stand out in the crowd. What kind of time frame are you looking at?
Good luck! Please report back, I'd love to know what you do and how it works out for you!