Still collecting my own tax information; hoping that by mid next week we will finally be prepared to file (early!) Meanwhile- we have made a conscious decision to find a better larger place to rent for a year or two while "life" works itself out.
It's a little tough to detach myself from the want/need to OWN a house. I have owned a home (had a mortgage) since I was 22. Having or building equity in a home has been the cornerstone of my financial means. It feels very backwards to rent. However, for some reason unknown to me, I have had constant, consistent roadblocks put in my path of home ownership. There is some reason that I cannot own at this time. Meanwhile I am looking for just a house- something to rent that's comfortable. Somewhere we can unpack our things and live, just as though we owned it. If I find something that is small and similar in price to our current rent, we'll be able to live on our own. If its something a little larger that costs more money, we'll have a roommate to offset the cost. Whichever way, we will have a place to call home.... soon.