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If I can do this well by renting, then why would I ever sell my house to someone else who would take that profit opportunity away from me?

I'm not sure I understand your question. My assertion is that you do better by owning, not renting. Perhaps you could elaborate.

Sorry, my question wasn't clear. Let me try again.

If I've decided I don't want to live in my home, and I have a choice between renting it out to someone myself, or selling it to you so you can rent it out, then why would I ever sell it to you and give up that profit opportunity?

Put another way: why would anyone be willing to sell at a price that would make it extremely attractive to a potential landlord? Why wouldn't they run the math and try to price it at a level near the margin of what a potential landlord would accept?

I think you may have answered the question by responding to a later post.

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