Selling a Rental

The best strategy to sell a home while you have a tenant in it should be top of mind when leasing the property. Many sellers who held on to properties when the market was flat are now wondering how they should go about getting the home sold with their tenant still living in the property. Brett offers some ideas that can help! His first tip is to try and get the lease to end in the spring. Having a property come back into your hands in the dead of winter may...

TREO Realtors, based in Cincinnati Ohio, is the first brokerage to offer interactive floorplans as another one of it's savvy marketing tools to help sellers market their homes to potential buyers. Check out a quick demo by Brett Keppler, Cincinnati Real Estate Agent, as he provides an overview of this amazing new service....

Is it better to buy a home or rent? An analysis released today by real estate information provider Zillow.com finds that in most of the U.S., buying becomes a better deal than renting after only three years of residence.

In many metro areas, the advantage comes much sooner.

In Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa, for example, owning beats renting after 1.6 years, the study finds. Zillow determined the breakeven horizon—the point at which owning becomes more financially advantageous than renting the same home--for more than 200 metro areas and 7,500 cities around the U.S.

Unlike a simple purchase price-to-rent ratio, the breakeven horizon takes into account such other data as taxes, tax deductions, down payments, utilities, appreciation, maintenance, opportunity costs, and fluctuations in the rental market.

"People traditionally have looked at the price-to-rent ratio," Zillow senior economist Svenja Gudell tells ABC News. "But that's not comparing apples and apples. Our calculation takes into account all costs, plus tax deductions and inflation. It would be very hard for the average consumer to crunch these numbers."

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