We are fortunate, indeed

Hawaii:  Pink hibiscus.  Photos by David:

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You might remember that Maria’s former bedroom had been used as a storage room.  In the process of transforming our master bedroom into a rental unit, we had to downsize considerably by removing everything from Maria’s room.  We discarded books, exercise machine, bicycle, appliances, and tables.  Whew!  Everything had to go.

Now, David and I sleep in Maria’s room, and the rental unit is currently occupied.  We have one spare bedroom, which is reserved for Lisa and our grandkids.  Nobody can stay in that room permanently, as there simply is no space for anyone else’s stuff.  Our towels and table linen are stored in the dresser, the first aid equipment is in the desk, batteries and lights as well as bank statements are in the nightstand.  The closet contains David’s clothes, the ironing board, and other items.  This is in addition to the things in Maria’s room.

So, basically, only two people and a guest can stay in the main part of the house.  No way can we have a permanent resident in Lisa’s room.

I am so grateful that we had the foresight to buy this house.  We don’t have to pay a maintenance fee, rent or mortgage.  All we pay is $132 per month for the homeowner’s insurance and $1,818 per year for the property tax.  Imagine paying that elsewhere for a house this size.

It is also nice to have rental income to supplement our retirement benefits.

We are fortunate, indeed.

11 Responses to “We are fortunate, indeed”

  1. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    The foresight you had years ago had made you both very fortunate now, and that’s a very good thing.

  2. granny annie Says:

    You worked hard to create a successful plan for your living situation.

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    You have a nice arrangement. I like the fact you are on one level.

  4. Cathy Says:

    Most Australians aspire to home ownership – once known as the great Australlian dream, it’s now beoming harder and harder for many youngsters to enter the housing market. In many ways we who are older had it easy.
    There are some great underbed pliable storage containers available that are good for bed linens. Some are covered on all sides others have a mesh top but all close with a zip so nothing can come adrift.
    Cathy

  5. denise Says:

    The pink hibiscus is gorgeous Gigi. Everything seems to be well in your world. Well thought out.

  6. DJan Says:

    At least you do have a guest room, even if nobody could live there permanently. Your tenant seems to be working out, too. You are indeed fortunate. 🙂

  7. Christine Says:

    You are so organized too, it is more than luck, it is good planning!

  8. Christine Says:

    I Love David’s hibiscus photos, stunning pink. Oh do you check the renter’s quarters from time to time?

  9. Grannymar Says:

    Glad it is all working out so well for you.

  10. Linda Starr Says:

    your taxes and insurance is fairly inexpensive, we could rent out the lower portion of our home if we had to but I have my studio there and plan to teach classes for extra income, nowadays with food and utilities and insurance so high, we have to make extra money as retirement isn’t enough just to stay afloat. so glad it’s all working out for you

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