The Next Chapter

June 1, 2017

It was two years to this date that I ventured into Cambridge, MA with my sister (because I literally can't do anything without her) to sign thousands of papers before ultimately receiving the keys to my new home.  I was feeling so many emotions - excitement, stress - but also a huge amount of pride and accomplishment.  I was a single, working woman, buying my own home.  Just me.  No mom.  No spouse.  Just me.

 

Today, 2 years later, I am now 13 days away from moving out of my condo and into a new HOUSE. Of course, all those same emotions that I experienced two years ago are quickly (perhaps even more aggressively) reappearing. I think that I have been pretending that I have much more time to pack up my life, downsize things that I don't need and make the 8.2-mile move.  Yet, here I am.  13 DAYS away.  I think I need to pour myself a big glass of rose and bite the bullet in packing. Actually, I'll probably crack open a can of BABE Rose.  Have y'all tried it yet?  So, so delicious.  Even better that it comes in a can because it's the perfect size for 1 with just 8.4oz.  Oh, and I need to force my boyfriend to help me pack!!!  I'm talking to you, DENNIS! :)

 

Dennis and I (and Karsen, obviously) are looking forward to our new home.  It was a stressful few weeks after my condo sold in 6 days!!!!! But, we ultimately found a house that we are over the moon about.  As y'all know, Karsen is a very energetic soon-to-be 2 year old, so a backyard where he could run around in was a top priority.  While we have a ton of work to do to make it truly ours, the process to get there will be a fun one I'm sure.

 

Home ownership can be so amazing, but there's also so many not so fun things that come with it.  I thought it would be fun to share with you my own pro's and con's of home ownership that I've learned the past 2 years, as well as looking ahead to my new home with Dennis and Karsen.

PRO: Let's not beat around the bush, here.  Owning your own home is one of the best financial investments you can make. Homes typically increase in value, build equity and provide a nest egg for the future.

 

CON: Paying a mortgage.

 

PRO: Decorating every room with your unique, personal style.

 

CON: Falling in love with a piece of furniture one day and then hating it the next.

 

PRO: The ability to make decisions for you and what you want in terms of landscaping, painting and renovations.

 

CON: Having to be an adult all the time.

 

PRO: Renovations.

 

CON: Renovations. :)

 

PRO: Greater privacy.

 

CON: Wanting to spend more time at home because you can, but your friends still want to go out.

 

PRO: Tax incentives - especially for first-time buyers.

 

CON: Mortgages are usually higher than monthly rentals.

 Outfit details:

 

Pink tank (Aine's Boutique) // Articles of Society Jeans // Sole Society bag // BaubleBar earrings // Kate Spade watch // Forever21 Loafers

 

*Shop Aine's Boutique and received 20% off full-priced items when you mention the KLASSICALLY KAYTEE blog.

 

Does anyone else have mixed feelings on home ownership like I do? I'd love to hear from you and any tips/recommendations you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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