I really would like to move for various reasons. Mostly, I dislike our place. I hate the stairs, layout and constant harleys. And now I have a new neighbor (a renter) who thinks it's OKAY to play his booming
car stereo while pulling in and out of the driveway.
The plus side is, we're in a beautiful neighborhood adjacent to the Golden Gate National Reserve, 1/2 mile to the ocean and great hiking trails.
We bought it as a fixer/upper and should've flipped it two years when we had the opportunity. If we sold two years ago, we would've netted about 150-160K, now if we sell, we would net around 125K with an original investment of 42K. Still not bad after two years, but I digress.
The current market rent is almost equivalent to our mortgage payment. There's property tax of $450 per month along with home owners assoc fees of $192/mo. If the rent we get for our place offsets the mortgage and we rent another place for the same amount ($1800/mo), then in theory our monthly costs should be a wash.
My concern is income taxes since we would shifting our property from primary residence to investment property. Then there's the whole mortgage thing. We signed papers on our refi stating this was our primary residence. I'm not sure what the implications are by turning our home into a rental.
Can someone provide some high level info on investment rental property taxation? Can one only take the depreciation against the building and amortize capital improvements
versus being able to write off the mortgage interest and taxes?
Sorry for the long post. Also, I will be consulting my accountant, I'm just kicking around ideas right now.