Moving on from Your First Home – can you rent it out

Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Published on August 12, 2019

article by The Mortgage Supply Co

We often talk about buying a first home, but today let’s discuss selling and renting. 

If you own a home already, you might be wondering, “Should I sell or rent my home?” 

And the answer is – it depends. There are pros and cons of selling your first home as well as renting it out which we’ll discuss in this article.

Rent out your first home if:

1. The price of your first home is expected to soar

If you’re living in an area where house prices are on the rise, then you might want to stay the course and hold on for a while.

But don’t just sit there waiting for the prices to rise. Think about new ways of adding more financial value to your first home right now; the best way to do it is renovation. Even small things like a new coat of paint or changing all the sinks and taps can wow the potential buyers in the future.

2. You’re relocating temporarily 

If you’re heading off to a short holiday with your family or relocating somewhere else temporarily, and you intend to come back home, it could be in your interests to retain your first home.  Your finance might need adjusting to suit this situation.

Renting out your first home in such situations gives you a steady source of income until you figure out your next move. 

3. Renting brings you a profit

“I’ll rent out my home and make a lot of money easily, right?” Well, not quite. If you don’t handle your finances well, renting might slowly drain your cash.

Although you’ll make money when your tenants pay you the rent, some expenses will still come out from your pocket – insurance, repairs, maintenance, and the mortgage, obviously.

This is the rental yield, does the yield (income vs expenses) meet what you require? Discuss this with your mortgage broker.

4. You’re equipped to handle the challenges of being a landlord

No one knows what the tenants will do in your first home. You might get the good ones who respect your home and pay rent on time or you might get the ones who turn it into a nightclub.

You can be the property manager for your own investments, this is a great way to reduce your costs, it will increase the time you have to spend organising maintenance, advertising for new tenants, handling tenant inquiries etc.  

If this is your first investment property and you have had no prior property management experience, it might be in your interests to engage with a property manager, by proxy you will gain this experience.  It is then up to you when you feel you could comfortably take over and be the property manager.  Or you may want to retain the manager.

1. You’re mentally ready to take the plunge

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to sell your first home. You’ll realise this when you put that “For Sale” sign in front of your home. Not only this, but you’ll need to be available to show your home to potential buyers and negotiate the price, which can be stressful at times.

2. Keeping your existing home (renting it out) and using its equity to help buy your next

There are specific lending rules that the Reserve Bank has imposed on investment properties and owner occupied properties.  

If you are in this space contact your mortgage broker, who will be able to give you what is available in your current position and what options you have at this time.

3. Being emotionally attached to your first home, then using it as an investment.  

When you rent out your first home to the tenants, for all intents and purposes it’s theirs for as long as they live there. You need to be okay with the fact that the only time you’re allowed to visit your own home is during the house inspection.   

Being overly attached can put you in a difficult space as a property manager, there maybe tension if the tenants do not live up to your expectations.  In this space having a property manager could be the option.

4. You’re moving far away

Heading overseas? According to the Residential Tenancy Act, you must appoint a New Zealand-based agent to manage your home if you’re leaving the country for more than 21 consecutive days. If you fail to do so there maybe a fine. 

Sometimes renting out your first home is spot on and sometimes, it’s better to move on to new beginnings. So before you make any decision, it’s best that you seek advice from an expert to avoid future headaches.

buy or rent

Do you have a question on the local Real Estate market, or should you spend money on a renovation of your first home before you sell, or want an honest opinion of whether you should rent or sell,  just call Matt Wineera on 0274 951 536 who is always on hand to answer your query.

Work with Matt Wineera who lists and sells in the Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa areas.

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