Sale or Refinance First Investment Property

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I purchased a primary residence 3 years ago. I decided to move and rent the property. It is a townhome in a small city/town. I financed for 15 years thinking I would pay down principal quicker. Now that I am renting it, I have little to no cash flow and need to decide whether I should 1. Refinance at a longer term with higher interest rate just to cash flow the property. 2. Keep renting it out and let tenants pay down equity. 3. Just sale and investigate different properties. ** Property has rented for 3 years with no vacancy. The units rent very well and I have had good success with tenants. The current Leasee wishes to stay for 2-3 years until she graduate university. 

Rent = $750, Payment with HOA, Mortgage, Insurance, Taxes = 725. I have a 15 year at 3.25%. Remaining balance is $50k. I can refinance at 4% for 30 years and change cash flow to 200 positive per month (currently at $25/month). Property is valued $85-90K.

Should I just simply keep paying down mortgage and gaining equity or should I refinance to a higher rate and cash flow? I could always sale as well but I would wait until the current tenant terminates the lease in 1-3 years.

I will leave it as it is if you don’t need the extra cash specially if your mortgage payment pays more towards the principal than the interest . 

What is your goal anyway ? That would help you decide what to do with it.