‘Accidental landlord’ need-to-knows

Home Sale Hindsight
Published on Nov 12, 2010

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Q: I bought my house five years ago for $239,900. I am going to ask $254,900 when I put it on the market and would like to get $250,000. If I can't get $250,000 out of it, what do you think about renting it for a few years until the prices start going back up? --Margaret H.

A: What you're contemplating is called becoming an "accidental landlord." And you're not alone -- there's a whole generation of homeowners in precisely your situation who are financially unable to move on to their next home without selling their current one, and have made the decision to rent their existing homes out and wait out the market.

In terms of whether it's a good decision, that depends on a number of factors. First, let's look at your $250,000 cutoff. Is t