How to Rent Your House and Buy Another One

Get 6 tips to buy a new home and keep the old one as a rental property.

Laura Adams, MBA
5-minute read
Episode #268
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Tip #6: Get a Mortgage Preapproval

It’s never too early to meet with a lender for a free consultation about whether you can afford to buy a new home and keep the old one as a rental. Always get a mortgage preapproval before you start shopping for your first or second home.

Lenders can give you a preapproval letter after they review and verify your financial information. It shows the maximum amount you can borrow for a certain period of time. However, remember that you shouldn’t borrow the maximum amount if it would be a stretch for your budget and overall financial goals.

Not only does a mortgage preapproval help you shop for homes in the right price range, but it’s an excellent negotiating tool. A preapproved buyer is more attractive to a seller who might be willing to take a lower offer than a higher one that’s contingent upon financing. 

Once you confirm that you can turn your home into a rental, have a realistic expectation of its annual cost, and get preapproval to buy a second home, you’re on your way to becoming a real estate investor.

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About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a trusted and frequent source for the national media. Her book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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