Should You Sell your Short-Term Rental Property?

Should You Sell your Short-Term Rental Property?

The real estate market has shifted in terms of dynamics, due to normalized interest rates. In Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley real estate markets, Air BNB and other short-term rental properties might not be financially viable in light of higher mortgage rates and higher payments. If the math and economics of your original investment decision have changed as a result, it might be time to sell your Vancouver area Air BNB or short-term rental property.

Short-term properties have been especially popular in core Metro Vancouver BC area cities like Richmond, Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam and Surrey. They grew in numbers during the era of ultra-low mortgage rates, when borrowing money to finance such investments like condos were cheap. However, it may be worthwhile to consider selling your short-term rental property, while inventory of homes for sale is still relatively low and property values are still near peak cycle prices.


Deciding when to sell a short-term rental property investment depends on various factors and individual circumstances. Here are some key considerations to help you determine if it's the right time to sell:

1. Financial Goals: Assess whether your investment property aligns with your long-term financial objectives. If your investment is no longer serving its purpose in your portfolio or if you have found better investment opportunities, it might be time to sell.

2. Market Conditions: Keep a close eye on the local real estate market. If property prices have significantly appreciated, it could be an opportune time to capitalize on the increased value and make a profit.

3. Return on Investment (ROI): Calculate your ROI, taking into account rental income, expenses, and property appreciation. If the returns are not meeting your expectations or if you anticipate better opportunities elsewhere, selling might be wise.

4. Cash Flow: Evaluate the property's cash flow. If it consistently generates negative cash flow, it could be a financial burden and selling may be a prudent choice.

5. Change in Personal Circumstances: Life changes, such as a job relocation, family situation, or personal goals, can impact your ability to manage the property effectively. If it becomes challenging to oversee the short-term rental, selling might be the best option.

6. Tax Implications: Consult with a tax professional to understand the tax implications of selling your investment property. Consider factors like capital gains tax and how the sale will affect your overall tax position.

7. Market Demand: Assess the demand for short-term rentals in your area. If the demand is declining, it might be harder to maintain profitability in the long run.

8. Maintenance and Upkeep: If the property requires significant repairs or updates that you are unwilling or unable to make, selling could be a more practical choice.

9. Investment Diversification: Diversifying your investment portfolio can spread risk and potentially enhance overall returns. If your short-term rental investment is a significant portion of your portfolio, selling may help achieve better diversification.

10. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Goals: Consider whether your investment strategy is geared towards long-term wealth accumulation or short-term gains. Align your decision with your broader investment objectives.


If you are facing a negative cash-flow situation with your investment or simply tired of managing this time intensive endeavour, then it may be worthwhile considering a sale and disposition of the Vancouver BC area property. If your property has appreciated, remember that nobody goes broke locking in a PROFIT.

Ultimately, selling a short-term rental property investment should be a carefully considered decision based on your financial situation, market conditions, and personal goals. Before making any decisions, it's essential to consult with a real estate professional, financial advisor, and tax expert to ensure you make an informed choice.

If you are ready to sell your short-term rental property or unit, please consider contacting me to discuss my services. I aim to make the selling process a smooth one for you and can provide a free no-obligation comparative market evaluation of your property's value.

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