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Escape From the Cube: Financial Independence Next Steps - Rental Income Big Gamble

You may have followed my last downsizing saga to improve my financial situation.  I moved from my 2500 square foot beautiful family home in lovely university area with 100 year old oak trees....to an apartment.   Traumatic?  Seemed so at the time.   As someone, maybe like you?  Who is  more left-brained than right-brained, my environment is very important to my creativity -- and hence my sense of well-being and safety. The move was scary.  Here is a from back then with helpful moving tips if you are moving soon.  But I pocketed $50,000, helped pay off $5,000 of my daughter's school loans at Ivy League University, and had a 1 and 1/2 year vacation in a luxury rental condo.  Instead of desperately searching for handymen while trying to finish reports at work?  I went to picking up the phone to say  "Hello, maintenance?  Could you change my air conditioner filter today?  Great, thanks!"  I'm now a BIG fan of renting. From that apartment, thought, I bought a town hom