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Old 08-28-2009, 04:45 PM   #21
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I think you have a great thing going here. I personally couldn't do it as I have found that at this stage in my life(mid-fifties) I have become accustomed to living alone(except for the pup) and also quite set in my ways.

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Old 08-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #22
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I had a friend that was doing something very similar back in the early 90s. He had it made, it seemed. Then we went into the credit union at work one day to get some cash for lunch, and his account had been seized by Uncle Sammy. It turned out he hadn't been reporting the rent as income, and the gov't was unhappy about that decision. They had been sending him warning letters for over a year, but one of his roommates had thought it was junk mail and had been throwing them out. It took him two years and mucho bucks to get it all straightened back out.

Not to suggest you are in any similar danger, just a heads up. I noticed you didn't mention the record keeping/legal aspects of your situation in your post. Others pointed out the possible zoning issues (we couldn't do that here either), but the tax liabilities can be even more important. Curious to know if you've got that covered.

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Old 08-28-2009, 08:36 PM   #23
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I am living in a rooming house somewhat like this, as I am working out of town.

It is convenient. Otherwise, I hate it.

Oh, yeah. I am FAR beyond college age.
I have outlived most of the people I don't like and I am working on the rest.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:38 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Bikerdude View Post
Takes the term "hot bunking" to a new level.
"Port & starboard booty duty"!

One homeport had a surprisingly quiet scandal in the early 1980s with two engineers on the same boomer, opposite crews, whose base houses were even next to each other. The engineers were relieving each other from one patrol to the next so they learned to get along quite well, and their spouses/kids also spent time a lot of time together. Whichever engineer was on offcrew would go help the other spouse/family with minor repairs, carpools, and so forth.

With all of the time they spent together while one spouse was out to sea, I guess everybody thought the grass was greener. Eventually there were two amicable divorces, two new marriages, and two new sets of orders to two different new homeports...

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Old 08-28-2009, 09:22 PM   #25
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How about extend that to buying a 6-plex or something and renting out well-furnished apartments? Then you don't have to live with them (which does get old after your 20's...).
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:37 PM   #26
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How about extend that to buying a 6-plex or something and renting out well-furnished apartments? Then you don't have to live with them (which does get old after your 20's...).
But live in one of the units? Some people like this. I'd prefer to buy a sixplex, rent out all the units, and live somewhere else. That way I can select my home for the features I want to have and select the sixplex for the best ROI. And, I don't have to find tenants who I'd like to see every day. As a bonus, I won't be surrounded by a bunch of people who periodically owe me money.

But, that's just my preference--compartmenting $$ from the personal side works best for me.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #27
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Well, live in it or not, I think the business model here is target the kids just out of college, or the young and wandering who don't have furniture. And he's found they'll pay a premium above and beyond the cost to have all that "stuff" already in place -- flat screen TV, S/S appliances, leather couches, pool table etc. Just do that with individual apartments maybe and you have another business, in the right young & professional cities anyway.
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I think that a six-plex, while it would have some advantages (privacy being one of them) would not work in the same way as the OP's post.

First, you'd be buying six of every amenity: TVs, leather couches, pool tables, X-boxes, Netflix, Gamefly, housekeeping time, etc. This is a lot more initial outlay than the OP's situation.

Second, you'd have less discretion over who your roommates were. Actual landlords may want to chime in here, but it's my understanding that if you are the owner of a home, and you are choosing a roommate to live with you, then you have more legal discretion in excluding potential roommates (for example, if you're a woman you can refuse to rent to a man; if you're an old grouch you can refuse to rent to someone with kids, etc.) If you own the sixplex, this will be harder.

Finally, the rent situation will be different. In the sixplex, if you wanted to get your apartment paid for by the rent on the others, you'd have to charge about 20% more than comparable places with a similar mortage renting all six units.

In the right house, I think the OPs situation could be fantastic. For example, a large multi-level house with rooms with attached baths, or a split-level with a couple of bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen on both levels.

When I think about my roommate scenarios, a lot of the unpleasantness came because I really didn't have much control over where I was -- I needed to live with others to make it financially, but I didn't have any say in the others due to the rental situation. As the owner of the house, I'd have a lot more say, and my rules would be the main rules.

I think I could live with that, given the right setup!
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:49 AM   #29
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I know a lot of people who have done exactly this. Where I grew up, it was called "taking in lodgers". It tends to work well for young, single people who are extroverts. Think "Friends".

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