Many are becoming accidental landlords. With the rental market so strong right now, especially in areas with good schools like North Fulton and Forsyth County, some owners are opting to rent their home in order to get where they need to go.
With prices increasing, owners might be as little as a year away from crossing that threshold, becoming able to sell.
However, becoming a landlord — especially a long distance landlord — could be risky if you don't cover all the bases.
I recommend using a rental management company that will perform all the necessary financial and background checks.
They will help you determine the most you can ask for rent, find the right and reputable tenants, collect rent for you, manage repairs and, in the worst cases, handle evictions.
Bob Strader is a local realtor with the NORTH Group of Keller Williams Realty. Visit his blogs liveincumming.com or liveinalpharetta.com or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org.