One of the main questions we get asked about our trip is what we did with our home. Even before we sold, we had a lot of debate amongst ourselves and with friends and family over the best plan. Selling meant possibly losing money and not having an automatic place to return to after the trip. Renting meant becoming a landlord at precisely the time we were trying to let go of that kind of day-to-day responsibility. And of course there are other options, like having a family member stay.
We eventually chose to sell, and you can read all about it here. What helped us come to that conclusion was the help of professional, one who had the experience and market knowledge to listen to our situation and put all the cards on the table so we could make the best decision for us.
You may not want to sell your home. You may be dying to sell your home. Either way, the best decision for you might not be the one you have in your head right now, and talking to a professional will clear the fog and help you make the best choice for your situation.
At Meet, Plan, Go in Seattle we are pleased to have Patricia and David Wangsness of Wangsness Connections as our Gold Sponsor. Patricia and David are long-term landlords, successful Realtors in the Seattle/Bellevue area, and Patricia has even spent quite a bit of time living abroad. They also work with a lot of people who relocate for work for a few years and don’t know what to do with their homes, which is a very similar situation to what some of you have right now as you plan your trip.
I spent a little time with Patricia in her studio talking about real estate, what to think about when you set out for long-term travel, and the joys and pains of being a landlord. She also talks at the end of our interview about her travels and one of her biggest lessons.
Check out the video below (click here if you don’t see it) and get to know Patricia. If you are in the Seattle area you can meet her at Meet, Plan, Go in Seattle on September 14 (hurry, only 7 tickets left!), and if you can’t make it you can always connect with her or David through their website.