Posted by Craig (IL) on September 23, 2003 at 21:46:17:
Refinanicng Now could be a problem when you sell. You would be taking several risks. By Refnancing Now your actually taking your profits on that property now. Refinancing means that you MUST get a good price when you sell. With typical selling costs, and a larger loan to pay off, you will have less options when you sell.
Secondly, you say your PLAN to do a 1031 exchange. But this is just a plan. You would be taking a risk now that you will actually be able to do an exchange. That means you will have to be able to use 100% of your “profits” to buy real estate. If your taking your profits now, will you have the money to do that? If not can’t, your 1031 will not work and you’ll have to come up with a bunch for Uncle Sam. Also, if you have never done a 1031, be forwarned that attorneys have to be involved and that means (naturally) expense. 1031’s cost a bit; be careful.
Why sell at all? Why not refinance now taking enough money so that your renters are paying for that money, you’re getting a tax break from your interest payements (making up, maybe, for your loss of the depeciation thing) and invest that money. Your property would be paying for your investing money. So, why sell it? From your post, I don’t see where it is essential that you sell property to do what you plan to do.
As far as finding properties that will cash flow, one methond is to look in areas where there has been little or no apprecaition for several years. Properties in such areas will sell for less, and cash flow nicely, even if you have to pay for property management because you live at a distance.