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I don't know if this post is addressed to me but I shall throw in my two cents.

Yes but how much of that stuff can be recouped in the sale of that house? Don't some of those (I guess besides the bills) add value to the property?

Usually a portion of the improvements increase the value a fraction, but maintenance keeps the value as is plus inflation.

Does having tenants more than offset these expenses in terms paying rent vs. owning with tenants?

That is, desipte average expense of owning, isn't it still better to own with tenants than rent a place? Given that you are willing to put in the extra work?

Yes, until your tenant is one of those who "came straight from Hell".

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