This will be a difficult decision for you. I have experienced this many times with clients in the past. I will be very honest with you. In almost every situation like this the owner usually sells the home. Not many like yourself with emotional ties to the home can see themselves renting it out. Honestly, what if they do not take care of the home very well, or it becomes difficult for the renters to pay on time? These are natural questions to ask yourself. It hase been my experience that the person who llived there wanted you to have the home and or the proceeeds from the sale of the home. If you will not live there, then perhaps its best to use the proceeds of the sale to improve your immediate housing situation. It is a positve thing all the way around.
Let me know if I can help you. I have dozens of letters of recommendation here on Trulia. These will give you a feel for the level of service that I am able to provide my clients.
I wish you the best and hopefully we can talk soon.
Coldwell Banker Star Realty