In a few short weeks, Aaron and I will be moving back into our condo. We had planned on renting a cheaper place and keeping our current tenant, but a couple of things came into sharp focus when we got back from our year of travel: 1. Boston got crazy expensive! I mean, it’s always been pricey, but this last year was sort of my tipping point where I was like “Forget it! If we’re going to pay this much to rent, I’m getting a beach house in Santa Barbara.” 2. Taxes. Did you know you have to pay regular income taxes on your rental income? We did not (oops), and our accountant kindly informed us that we’d be taking a big loss for last year, which made renting out our condo for a second year not worth it.
I’m anxious about taking on our mortgage because we started a new business, but I’m also over the moon excited about having our own space again. Our own kitchen! Our own laundry! Our own deck and tiny yard! This will be our first summer at our house because we moved in during the fall, then booked it across the country in the spring, and so we have grand plans to build some raised garden beds and maybe even a small greenhouse…maybe. For now though, we’re taking baby steps, which means a handful of very manageable potted plants.