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Should I Sell To Rent?

With the property boom having come to a grinding halt, there has been a continual decline in inflated prices. From Newcastle to Manchester, and Birmingham to London, it seems no-one is clear from this slump.Rumours have been circulating for a while now over the prospect of either selling your property to rent it back, or selling to move in to rented accommodation.With the property market fluctuating, it seems smart to sell when the market is riding a wave, and buy once this boom has crashed. However, this takes serious knowledge of the property market and strong forecasting. Something perhaps better left to the experts.This is because; you have to take in to account, the cost of moving (transportation / fees, etc) and the monthly rental fee. It is normally the case that a mortgage payment is lower than a rental payment, not to mention the fact that property prices will have to drop a reported 4% to make selling and renting worthwhile.The gains from selling to rent can be huge, and have proven to save buyers around 30%. How? As the market has begun to fall, house owners have sold their property, moved in to rented accommodation, only to emerge back on the property ladder a few months later at a 'discounted' rate of around 30%.Genius. Well it can be. The market can be futile, and unpredictable. For all the ups and downs we are subject to, property is genuinely a sound investment in the long term. Sit there long enough and you should be seeing a handsome profit. Nonetheless, I think we would all be happier if there were a way to lower our mortgage, move in to a bigger property, or simply increase the figure in the bank.Selling and renting is building up quite a reputation for itself, and rightly so. There are however, some pitfalls of which you must be aware. Renting normally requires signing a minimum 6-month contract. If the market does suddenly rise, you may be a few months behind watching prices rise whilst you are contracted to rented accommodation. Naturally if you have the means to support both payments, then you could always rent whilst looking for a 'bargain' knowing that once one comes along, the deposit is happily waiting for you in your bank account.Not only this, but we never truly know how long the slump will last, or whether it is actually a slump or just a slow down. As a result of this, it is important to understand the elements before subjecting yourself to them.Buying and selling property involves a major decision, and for many of us it will be the biggest decision we ever make. If you see moving as an annoyance, and are not particularly optimistic about property prices, then perhaps think of other solutions - if you can find one. But, if you don't mind the thought of moving twice, and have a view about where the property market will go, then perhaps selling and renting is for you.With the property boom having come to a grinding halt, there has been a continual decline in inflated prices. From Newcastle to Manchester, and Birmingham to London, it seems no-one is clear from this slump.Rumours have been circulating for a while now over the prospect of either selling your property to rent it back, or selling to move in to rented accommodation.With the property market fluctuating, it seems smart to sell when the market is riding a wave, and buy once this boom has crashed. However, this takes serious knowledge of the property market and strong forecasting. Something perhaps better left to the experts.This is because; you have to take in to account, the cost of moving (transportation / fees, etc) and the monthly rental fee. It is normally the case that a mortgage payment is lower than a rental payment, not to mention the fact that property prices will have to drop a reported 4% to make selling and renting worthwhile.The gains from selling to rent can be huge, and have proven to save buyers around 30%. How? As the market has begun to fall, house owners have sold their property, moved in to rented accommodation, only to emerge back on the property ladder a few months later at a 'discounted' rate of around 30%.Genius. Well it can be. The market can be futile, and unpredictable. For all the ups and downs we are subject to, property is genuinely a sound investment in the long term. Sit there long enough and you should be seeing a handsome profit. Nonetheless, I think we would all be happier if there were a way to lower our mortgage, move in to a bigger property, or simply increase the figure in the bank.Selling and renting is building up quite a reputation for itself, and rightly so. There are however, some pitfalls of which you must be aware. Renting normally requires signing a minimum 6-month contract. If the market does suddenly rise, you may be a few months behind watching prices rise whilst you are contracted to rented accommodation. Naturally if you have the means to support both payments, then you could always rent whilst looking for a 'bargain' knowing that once one comes along, the deposit is happily waiting for you in your bank account.Not only this, but we never truly know how long the slump will last, or whether it is actually a slump or just a slow down. As a result of this, it is important to understand the elements before subjecting yourself to them.Buying and selling property involves a major decision, and for many of us it will be the biggest decision we ever make. If you see moving as an annoyance, and are not particularly optimistic about property prices, then perhaps think of other solutions - if you can find one. But, if you don't mind the thought of moving twice, and have a view about where the property market will go, then perhaps selling and renting is for you.

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