Aloha, friends. If you’re relocating off island or away from Hawaii completely, should you sell your house or keep it? It can be a difficult decision.
Case in point: We’re buying a single family house in Honolulu at the end of the month from owners who are relocating away from Oahu and have decided they’d rather not keep the house and be landlords. They reached out to us and we agreed to buy their house “as is” on the date of their choosing.
Let’s face it: not everyone wants to deal with tenants and all the extra maintenance costs, vacancies and general worries that come with renting out your house. Some people love the idea of owning rentals, some don’t want anything to do with it.
Are You Really Landlord Material?
If you don’t need the proceeds of your current house to buy the new one you’ll be moving into, then you’ll have to decide if being a landlord is right for you. Don’t take this decision lightly. Cash flowing properties can put money in your bank account, but they can also cause lots of stress if you buy the wrong property, lease to the wrong tenants, hire a poor property manager, etc.
If this sounds like more work and stress than it’s worth, then you may be better off selling your house instead, taking the cash and putting it all behind you. After all, if you’re moving to California, Maryland or Texas, do you still want to the mental burden of a house in Honolulu or townhouse in Kihei that you’re so far removed from? I often talk with people who started out with the dream of keeping a house in Hawaii but soon decided they’ll never move back and would rather just move on.
If Selling Your House Makes More Sense…
Of course, you may also need to sell your current house to so you have the funds to buy a new house in whatever city you’re moving to. If this is the case, then do you have the luxury of waiting for your current house to sell? Will the owner of the house you plan on buying be willing to wait for you to sell your current home? He or she may have plans of their own. You may need a more definitive selling date or risk losing your new house, which is where we can actually come in.
Because we’re actual home buyers, and not agents, we can buy your house in Hawaii when YOU need us to. That house I mentioned in Honolulu we’re buying in the beginning of this article? They needed us to close the sale on a specific date so they could buy their new house on an outer island. Fine – we’re flexible like that. You choose the date.
Other benefits of selling your house yourself to Big Rock Investments?
- We’ll buy your house “as is”
- Because we’re the actual buyer, there are no commission fees
- No march of “lookie-loo” strangers through your door
- Keep your sale private
So if you’re relocating within Hawaii or moving to the mainland or even another country, you have a decision to make. Be a “remote landlord” or sell on your own terms, take the money and start enjoying your life in your new home. Not sure? Talk to us and we’ll present you with all the information you need to help decide.