Should I . . . List the Place, or Rent it Out?

Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon

Do You Know a Good Real Estate Agent?  

[Alternate Title]:  The Shoe's on the Other Foot


Now that I am retired, I have come to the point where most folks in my peerage section tend to arrive:  Do I List the Place and Sell . . . or Stay?


Do you know a good real estate agent in the Portland Metro area?

For those of you who know (and love???) me, you're aware I've had to take an early retirement due to medical complications of the botched surgery-kind.  In fall last year I had additional great news {rolling eyes}, I was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in both hips and a small meniscus tear in the right, formerly known as "my good" knee. Disability benefits were denied and I have applied for reconsideration, but in the meantime  . . . time to think about down sizing.

Here's the thing, I am blessed to have the rental to sell if need be.  I didn't know my medical condition would jump up and 

make my hip bone slip, but hey . . . it was a good decision to ease up when I did

I thought about renewing my license just to "save" on a commission, but for the costs associated and headaches I'm going to enlist the services of real estate agent because: 

I want a Realtor®

When I was selling real estate I discovered so many great agents, here on AR and in my local market/community.  Those that displayed the exemplary Code of Ethics in their daily business practice.  When agents assist their clients who have those "WTF do I do now?" moments, a good real estate agent is worth their weight in gold.

WTF do I do now? is the new "Senior Moment"  for me!

I have not been following the real estate market.  At.  All.  I do not know the stats, the DOMs, absorption rate, market, etc. etc.  Trust me . . . these things are very important when comtemplating a sale of real estate.  I know I'm still a great real estate agent.  I just do not have the RMLS "Bible" of all local data at my fingertips anymore.  

The tenants gave notice, so with the upcoming vacancy, there's a window open for selling.  

I am no longer on any social media.  If you'd like to help a colleague out and repost this on your social media sites, MUCH APPRECIATED!  If you know someone who might be interested to rent or purchase, let me know.  I'm not sure if my license status (inactive) allows me to broker referral, but I can check on that.  Happy to oblige.

I am blessed to have this rental, but . . . and here we go with the timeless mantra ALL listing agents want to hear:   

I might want to sell the place!


 The property I have FOR RENT is listed on CL:


Hope everyone is gettng their 2020 New Year going strong!


P.S.  If life doesn't hold all those "fair . . . but so uncool" moments, my Molly dog passed in the late fall last year, as well.  She was pushing 17, and was such a sweet pet.  Here's a former post that seems to be a good one:



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Carla Muss-Jacobs has RETIRED effective May 1, 2018

Representing Buyers in the Portland Metro Real Estate Market | Clackamas Multnomah and Washington Counties | Since 1999

Carla Muss-Jacobs, REALTOR®, ABR, CEBA, ePro
Principal Broker/Owner ~~ INACTIVE

Carla Muss-Jacobs' retirement became effective May 1, 2018

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Comments (4)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carla - it's nice to see you pop up on my blog roll of those I follow.  Good luck finding the right real estate representative to assist you.

Sorry to learn of the loss of your furry companion.   Stay well and happy.  Drop in her again.  And often.  As you have learned, glitches still occur here from time to time but typically I find I am the cause.  

Feb 08, 2020 10:18 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thanks for the comment. Glitches happen?!?  

Feb 09, 2020 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Carla- I smiled when I saw you on the blogroll. very sorry about the issues you've had but hope that things will get better for you once you can sell or rent your property. 

Feb 08, 2020 06:03 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Thanks Kathy!  Nothing but life happening . . . AND . . . a nice excuse to post.   I'm at the place where many of (our) clients have been.   BTW . . . I used a home stager on my rental for the pics!  Might be a good niche to add, the rentals??  

Feb 09, 2020 08:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are having an outstanding year.

Take care, be safe.

May 28, 2020 08:18 AM