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Sell, Rent, or Borrow? Best Ways to Use Home Equity in Retirement

Sell, Rent, or Borrow? Best Ways to Use Home Equity in Retirement

Update: 2024-04-02
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Listener Ray is wondering what to do with his home as he embarks on a nomadic, van-life journey in retirement. Should he sell it to finance his travels or retain it for potential appreciation and cash flow? 

James explores the nuances of home ownership as an asset versus an investment. He considers cash flow and leverage as he looks at Ray’s three options – sell, rent, or borrow – while emphasizing aligning financial decisions with personal goals and aspirations.

Questions Answered:
Why shouldn’t I consider my home an investment?

What are the key financial considerations for retirees when deciding whether to sell, rent them out, or explore other options?


Timestamps:
0:00 - Ray’s question
1:56 - Why a home isn’t an investment
4:38 - Do you want to be a landlord?
8:22 - The financials
10:14 - Asset appreciation
11:30 - Cashflow
15:04 - Leverage
19:02 - What should Ray do?
20:33 - Reverse mortgage

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Sell, Rent, or Borrow? Best Ways to Use Home Equity in Retirement

Sell, Rent, or Borrow? Best Ways to Use Home Equity in Retirement

James Conole, CFP®