Thanks, Todd Norsted
In Richfield specifically, the average home sale price went from :
and year to date through March 2008, the average sale figure sits at $177,109.
All of that being said, these are average prices in Richfield and your home may be better off or worse off than average. A careful market analysis by a competent and experienced professional will give you the best answer. As for your plan to rent and move up, that can be a great solution, however, renting can be fraught with difficulties including vacancy loss, tenants who don't pay their rent or damage your property, hassling calls for repairs, etc. If you plan to become a landlord, get some good training FIRST as it will help you avoid many of the perils of renting your property and help ensure it is a profitiable experience for you.
Thanks, Todd Norsted
If you are comfortable with the holding costs of two homes (assuming vacancies over the next few years), I would say do it (so much of this will depend on your financials). I would team up with an agent that is also a landlord, as he/she may give a lot of free help (leases, finding the tenant, credit checks). The rental market in Richfield is very good, so you may want to take advantage of it. I am a landlord, and I do own Richfield properties, so if you would like to discuss further, shoot me an email.......email@example.com .
I'm not a professional, just a home buyer and my husband and I are in the same situation. We're looking to move up while prices are good and can still afford to keep our townhome and hopefully rent it out, but if not then things will be tight, but still okay. I guess I don't think having two mortgages is a good situation, but I think if you budget properly that it is possible, especially if you have two incomes. A friend offered this website as a resource for renters and there are lots of people looking to rent: http://www.roommates.com
If you want to be a landlord it's a good plan. It could be a few years before the current inventory is worked through so plan on at least three years of renting the house. On the up side you'll be able to buy a bigger home at todays prices. There is a risk that you'll end up owning two houses that are going down in value instead of one so you need to be in it for the long haul.
Michael Doyle Realtor