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garyb1st

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Sell or rent the SB
« on: August 27, 2016, 04:21:26 PM »
For those of you who rented your home, rather than sell, when you went full time, what was your rationale and if you were able to do it over, what would you do different? 

For those of you who sold the SB, if you were abel to do it over, what would you do different?  Also, what were your reentry plans when you finished full timing?   

 
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2016, 04:40:03 PM »
For those of you who sold the SB, if you were abel to do it over, what would you do different?  Also, what were your reentry plans when you finished full timing?

Would do nothing different. Plan to move onto a sailboat full-time and then die.  No interest in "reentry."
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2016, 04:47:07 PM »
Would do nothing different. Plan to move onto a sailboat full-time and then die.  No interest in "reentry."

That wouldn't work for me, I have no plans to die. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2016, 05:13:57 PM »
Would do nothing different. Plan to move onto a sailboat full-time and then die.  No interest in "reentry."

Can I have your DS? Couple more slides would be nice  ::)
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2016, 05:51:35 PM »
We planned to sell our house, but sadly were not able to do so because of the housing downturn years back. We new we would never want to rent it to strangers. Lucky for us one of our sons said he would be happy to rent it rather than apartment living. After 3 years his brother moved in with him, realizing he was missing out on a good deal. Turned out to be a win win for everybody.
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2016, 06:51:28 PM »
Gary, you planning on returning to the SB when you're done?  As I recall, you're from a rather cold climate.  While I've thought about relocating to a cooler (as in one with snow) area, I think about our week in Yellowstone this past May and those thoughts quickly evaporate. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2016, 07:51:01 PM »
We leased out our condo for 6 months when we started our FT journey just in case we realized the FT all the time wasn't working. After 6 months we leased it out for 12 months and enjoyed the extra income. Finally realizing we were never returning to the PNW to live fulltime, we sold the condo in July.

Glad we did as now its just us, the dog and our home on wheels. What a liberating feeling.
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2016, 03:50:20 PM »
Can I have your DS? Couple more slides would be nice  ::)

Hi Scott!  If you have a Leopard 38 or Lagoon 380 (catamaran) that you would like to trade - I bet we can work something out!!
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2016, 04:54:09 PM »
My suggestion is if you are wondering what to do then don't rush into it. Lease your house out for a year and then revisit the decision.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2016, 05:14:47 PM »
My suggestion is if you are wondering what to do then don't rush into it. Lease your house out for a year and then revisit the decision.

That's a real possibility. Like the Becks I'm not comfortable with renting it to strangers.  Unfortunately the only one of our five kids who would have been able to stay here just bought a home.  So for now, if we do lease the house, it will most likely be to strangers with all the associated risks. 

 
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2016, 05:41:25 PM »
Gary, we will likely buy some day in a warmer climate, as you are correct, it is simply to cold and snowy to think of ever spending winters in MN. One son plans to buy our house down the road, so is using this time to save a large down payment. Another good thing for all parties, and we will surely give him a good price when that day comes. We sold all our stuff years back, so will be easy to buy wherever we decide in the future. Just to let you know, there is a very good site to follow here in MN that sells many very clean MH's. It is buyrvsellrv.com Good luck as you continue to shop for diesel pusher.

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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2016, 05:48:33 PM »
That's a real possibility. Like the Becks I'm not comfortable with renting it to strangers.  Unfortunately the only one of our five kids who would have been able to stay here just bought a home.  So for now, if we do lease the house, it will most likely be to strangers with all the associated risks.
If it was me I would turn the leasing over to a very highly recommended read estate agent and pay them to handle everything.
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2016, 05:49:56 PM »
Consider going through a leasing company to take care of the entire process. My daughter uses one for her first house which is paid off. The company finds the renter, checks their financials and interviews them, etc and daughter never make contact with them, just OKs the deal with the company.

The company collects the $1150 rent monthly, retains $60 for their service and forwards $1090 to my daughter. The first renters were there for two years and were slow pay for about three months, but the company worked with them and they got back on track. The second renters have been their for four years. Both renters have been families.

The company visits he property once a year and discusses any maintenance requirements with my daughter, schedules and monitors the work and sends pictures to my daughter. My daughter loves the deal.

She also has a home in San Diego which is rented out to friends and she handles it herself. She lives in San Jose.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2016, 05:51:57 PM »
Just to let you know, there is a very good site to follow here in MN that sells many very clean MH's. It is buyrvsellrv.com Good luck as you continue to shop for diesel pusher.

    Gary B

Thanks for the link. 
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2016, 06:06:06 PM »
Consider going through a leasing company to take care of the entire process. My daughter uses one for her first house which is paid off. The company finds the renter, checks their financials and interviews them, etc and daughter never make contact with them, just OKs the deal with the company.

The company collects the $1150 rent monthly, retains $60 for their service and forwards $1090 to my daughter.

Wow, that's a sweet deal.  I've been assuming 10 to 15% to the leasing agent.  I guess I have some homework to do.   
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2016, 06:49:54 PM »
Consider going through a leasing company to take care of the entire process. My daughter uses one for her first house which is paid off. The company finds the renter, checks their financials and interviews them, etc and daughter never make contact with them, just OKs the deal with the company.

The company collects the $1150 rent monthly, retains $60 for their service and forwards $1090 to my daughter. The first renters were there for two years and were slow pay for about three months, but the company worked with them and they got back on track. The second renters have been their for four years. Both renters have been families.

Same here. She has a sweet deal. We pay 1/2 of the first month's rent for them to find a renter, and then 10% each month. IMO, a property management company is the only way to go, especially if you're going to be an out-of-town landlord. A good one will have stringent guidelines to screen renters - credit score, income, references - which cuts down on potential problems. They also take the emotion out of it for every sob story that comes their way. It's business. We had a renter whose check bounced. They immediately put her on a cash basis for 6 months or so. No games...they've seen and heard it all.

My sister used to rent to anyone who showed up with the money. What a nightmare. She had major destruction done to 2 rental properties. She finally listened to me that paying the commission is well worth it. She now uses the same property manager.
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2016, 07:12:58 PM »
Wow, that's a sweet deal.  I've been assuming 10 to 15% to the leasing agent.  I guess I have some homework to do.

We're looking at seasonal rental (Jan-Apr) here in the Phoenix area to dip our toe into fulltiming and while we can get a pretty penny for our place the fee is 14%. I haven't shopped the fee yet.

Side note: I spoke with our insurance agent, no problem getting a rider (and quite inexpensively) for renters unless the house is listed on any of the Craig's-List-like (can't recall which) sites, then they will not cover the house. Apparently there are so many problems if the property address is publicized that they don't want to be involved.
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2016, 09:06:15 PM »
We're looking at seasonal rental (Jan-Apr) here in the Phoenix area to dip our toe into fulltiming and while we can get a pretty penny for our place the fee is 14%. I haven't shopped the fee yet.

Side note: I spoke with our insurance agent, no problem getting a rider (and quite inexpensively) for renters unless the house is listed on any of the Craig's-List-like (can't recall which) sites, then they will not cover the house. Apparently there are so many problems if the property address is publicized that they don't want to be involved.

Haven't thought about the insurance issues.  I've put together some numbers but totally forgot about the potential increase in home insurance premiums.  (and I'm a retired insurance guy)   That on top of the real estate taxes, utilities, maintenance as well as federal and state income tax on the net rental income would reduce my net to about 40% of gross rents.  Also haven't looked at depreciation as a way of reducing taxable.   What else am I overlooking.  Anyone care to share a spreadsheet.  Not looking for numbers, just line items. 
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« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2016, 10:05:04 PM »
Don't forget that you can write off an annual, I think, trip to inspect your "business property." My daughter flies in, rents a car, does a drive by and visits briefly with the leasing agent. The rest of her time, usually a three day visit, is spent working on-line or with high school and college friends.
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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2016, 10:19:13 PM »
Gary, just a couple of issues.

If you set something up where you would pay utilities for a renter, nothing good is going to happen.

And, of course, maintenance on a house is required whether it is lived in or not.
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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2016, 06:16:34 AM »
Gary, just a couple of issues.

If you set something up where you would pay utilities for a renter, nothing good is going to happen.

And, of course, maintenance on a house is required whether it is lived in or not.
That is all handled by the agent.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2016, 07:38:29 AM »
That is all handled by the agent.

Tom, he's talking about increasing his net rental income, not who shuffles the paper.
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2016, 08:31:01 AM »
Looking at the question "Sell or rent the S&B"

Sell, Put the money into a decent mutual fund so it grows (Rather nicely) and if you decide to retire from the RV life you then have enough for a nice new S&B...  A good financial adviser can set you uip with a fund where you do not pay taxes till you withdraw (At teh SENIOR rate) and there are many funds with a 40 or 50 year history or longer of good performance...

NOTE: Though I have access to much of this information I am not licensed to sell it so you are going to have to find someone with a license.

My dad rented out a house on our farm.. Total disaster.. I too tried renting when I could not sell the S&B, Likewise... Have spoken to several other landlords..  The hassle is not worth it.

Plus,, If you keep the house and rent it out with hopes of one day returning you are now stuck in taht neighborhood. Which may get better, Stay the same or as my house's neighborhood did.. Slide into disrepute.   (I was glad to hand the keys to the bank)

With the Invewst in a good mutual fund method.. You can find a nice NEW retirement neighborhood  Handy to the services you need,  Clean and friendly... Not stuck at the old place.
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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2016, 09:51:04 AM »
Gary, just a couple of issues.

If you set something up where you would pay utilities for a renter, nothing good is going to happen.

Good point Larry.  While I wasn't planning on paying for gas and electric, I have minimal watering requirements on my drought resistant front yard.  Need to rethink that part. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2016, 10:27:42 AM »
Looking at the question "Sell or rent the S&B"

Sell, Put the money into a decent mutual fund so it grows (Rather nicely) and if you decide to retire from the RV life you then have enough for a nice new S&B...  A good financial adviser can set you uip with a fund where you do not pay taxes till you withdraw (At teh SENIOR rate) and there are many funds with a 40 or 50 year history or longer of good performance...
Based on my history in the market, I'd be better off putting cash in jars and burying them in the back yard.  My old boss used to joke, "when Gary puts money in the market it's time to get out"  While the idea of earning money on mutual funds is tempting, if you have some with no downside risk, I'd like to hear about them.  I'm pretty conservative with my 401K money and haven't found anything that is bulletproof.  The safest is Bonds but even they have some down side risk. 

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My dad rented out a house on our farm.. Total disaster.. I too tried renting when I could not sell the S&B, Likewise... Have spoken to several other landlords..  The hassle is not worth it.
  I know, we have a neighbor that had to redo the entire inside of his house as well as some window and garage door work.  One of the renters literally ran his car into the garage door before vacating the property.  The gang that should have been put in jail managed to stay in the place rent free for about two years. 

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Plus,, If you keep the house and rent it out with hopes of one day returning you are now stuck in taht neighborhood. Which may get better, Stay the same or as my house's neighborhood did.. Slide into disrepute.
  Actually if we full time it will not be for more than a year or two.  I'm 73, have traveled extensively for the past 8 years and think we've seen most of the lower 48.  Looking to do a long Alaskan trip.     

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(I was glad to hand the keys to the bank)
  If that means you were under water with your mortgage, I'd do the same.  But my home is paid.  It's a California home.  Worst case scenario, tear it down and rebuild.  The land alone is worth a fair amount. 

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You can find a nice NEW retirement neighborhood  Handy to the services you need,  Clean and friendly... Not stuck at the old place.

This is actually a big one for me.  Not so much for my wife.  She likes it here and prefers to stay rather than sell.  The neighborhood is old but upscale.  It may or may not decline.  But it's been changing and will continue to change.  Where it ends up is anyones guess.  While the familiar is comfortable, the idea of new and fresh is tempting.   

 
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2016, 11:07:50 AM »
If you're only going for a year or two and the house is paid for, why not just keep it as is, store your "stuff" there, hire someone to check up on it periodically? And housing values in California are rising again, yes? If you find someplace you love while traveling, then sell.
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2016, 11:59:20 AM »
Wendy, that's a possibility and what Maria prefers.  Our next door neighbors, who are our close personal friends, watch the house while were gone.  They also pick up the mail, water Maria's plants from time to time and park one of the cars in our driveway.  Still I'm not comfortable imposing and hate leaving it vacant for so long.  Also not knowing if there's something important in the mail, like a nasty letter from the IRS or a notice that my insurance is going to be cancelled, is always on my mind.  We just leave the mail accumulate and look at it when we return.  That's not going to work on a full time basis.  I know there are mail forwarding services, but we rarely know where we're heading and usually don't stay put long enough to make that work.  At least that's my thinking.  That said, I do recall Mike attempting to pick up some mail at a local Post Office the last time we were at Quartzite.  Not sure how that works but that might be a possibility.  Speaking of Mike, I'd sure like his thought on your new Tiffin.  Please ask him to PM me.  The possibility of a newer gasser is still on the table.  Something less than 34 feet that I can park at the house is a biggie for me. 
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« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2016, 12:02:50 PM »
The mail forwarding services will work for you. You can check your mail online and have it either thrown away, open and scanned online or they will forward it to whatever address you give them.
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« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2016, 12:08:03 PM »
Didn't realize they would actually open the mail, scan it and then email it to us.  That sounds like a good solution.   Anyone have any experience for or against having a service open the mail? 
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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2016, 12:22:17 PM »
I used Mail Link in Las Vegas for eight years and was very happy with their service.

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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2016, 01:32:53 PM »
What about pay your neighbors to watch the house and sort your mail? Maybe hire a gardener to keep up the yard? For mail, we have a PMB and they forward our mail for just the postage cost. We look ahead and have our mail sent to General Delivery in a small town. Usually very easy. If you rent out your house, you'd have to put all your "stuff" in storage.

We really like the Allegro. It's 33'5" with 2 slides, it's the biggest we can put in our backyard comfortably.  There are a lot of things we would have done different had we ordered it direct from Tiffin, like a reclining love seat instead of the godawful uncomfortable sofa bed but we'll probably take care of that this fall. Look around and see what you like. Or join us in November at Anza Borrego 😊  The FMCA rally in Indio in January is also a good spot to "shop" and visit 😊

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« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2016, 02:35:02 PM »
Wendy, while I reserve my right to change my mind, ;) we (Maria and Me, mostly Maria) have tentatively agreed to leave things as is and give full timing a try when we get the new motorhome.  If after a year we totally love it, and find a place(s) to relocate, we'll move in that direction.  For now, the idea of a 39 foot diesel is hard to get my arms around but we've found a nice one that would work well.  Will do a test drive next week and then who knows.  Biggest problem for me is storage when not in use, I simply don't want to keep my RV in a storage facility.  Like you and Mike, the most our limited space at the house will accommodate is maybe 34 feet.  Your Tiffin would be ideal. 

Keep us updated on Anza Borrego and FMCA.  Would love to get together with you and Mike in AB and if we don't have a new motorhome by FMCA, we might do what you and Mike did two years ago. 
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« Reply #32 on: August 29, 2016, 02:38:19 PM »
Thanks to everyone who responded to this post.  You have provided some excellent food for thought.  At the least, I feel more confident that we'll be in a good position when we go full time while leaving the house as is.  We'll have to fine tune a few things but for the most part, everything is in place.   
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« Reply #33 on: August 29, 2016, 05:48:15 PM »
Gary something to consider...While we  were still working we  had poor experiences with our RVStorage lots. They were expensive, inconvenient hours and  had damage done several times.  Our fix was to  rent a lot for a season in an RV  park in Brenda AZ ( just outside Quartzsite)  The seasonal rent  on the RV park was cheaper than  monthly storage rates.  We drove out to the rig every weekend in car.  I could  keep  refrigerator running in  RV and it was cheaper to run back and forth in car than in the  RV.  A bonus was many of our then full times friends were staying there.

We rented out a house for years and the damage done to it was immense. The property manager never checked inside the house.  Plus when we sold it we had to pay back all the depreciation we had  claimed   as it  was considered a business. Plus we had to take  the capitol gain tax hit as we had not lived in it  for the past 3 years .
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« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2016, 09:54:00 AM »
Betty, we have often thought of staying in Brenda. Could you tell us the name of the park you used.

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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2016, 10:07:14 AM »
Betty, we have often thought of staying in Brenda. Could you tell us the name of the park you used.

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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2016, 10:20:17 AM »
Betty,  looks like a nice place.  Too bad it's 5 hours from our home.  Still as they say, food for thought.  Average monthly storage here in So Cal is between $150-200 a month.  And that's when the motorhome bakes in the sun.  Covered is $250 and more.  Garaged can go for $10.00 a foot.  For that, I can build my own. 
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2016, 07:47:24 PM »
If you're only going for a year or two and the house is paid for, why not just keep it as is, store your "stuff" there, hire someone to check up on it periodically? And housing values in California are rising again, yes? If you find someplace you love while traveling, then sell.

Don't forget that even if the house is paid for there are property taxes, property insurance on a vacant home, utilities, lawn care, and in Minnesota snow removal.
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2016, 09:03:27 PM »
That is all handled by the agent.
Seiler,  I would like to hear about your real life experience renting out your S & B and your experience with rental agents? 
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2016, 09:06:27 PM »
Seiler,  I would like to hear about your real life experience renting out your S & B and your experience with rental agents?
My agent was Peaches Whenchel in Ventura and she did a fabulous job.
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Re: Sell or rent the SB
« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2016, 09:35:56 PM »
Don't forget that even if the house is paid for there are property taxes, property insurance on a vacant home, utilities, lawn care, and in Minnesota snow removal.

I haven't forgot.  I'm reminded frequently.   ;)
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