The Real Cost of Owning A Home

Julie Rains over at Wise Bread has written an excellent article entitled, "What It Really Costs To Own A Home".  It's a great run-down of all(or most) of the costs of homeownership.  

Now, of course I'm all for investing in a home, but the real costs of ownership cannot be ignored, and need to be given serious consideration when buying a home. 

However, there's much to be said for the intangible benefits that draw people to buy a home in the first place.  The main point of the article is to make sure you set aside enough money every month so that you can eventually deal with the maintenance issues that are bound to pop up.


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Comment balloon 6 commentsLisa Bosques • November 20 2009 09:07AM


Burien, thanks for the great post and thanks for making it RAIN!!!

Posted by Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA, ABR, SRS (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Burien, these are all serious considerations for anyone interested in buying a home.  There is much more involved that new homeowners do not realize until they move in.  I still think the positives outweigh the negatives, but it's good for anyone to go in with full knowledge.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) over 10 years ago

I totally agree with Barbara. Homeownership extends way beyond PITI, however, yes the positives outweigh the negatives.

Posted by Robin Dahlstrom, CRS (Re/Max Westside Properties) over 10 years ago

Prevention is the name of the game!  New homebuyers can take steps to avoid costly repairs. 

Posted by Ray Leiva (Notary Public Bellflower ca) over 10 years ago

Lisa, this is a very good point. Buyers need to budget their money when buying a home. The benefits definitely out weigh renting. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 10 years ago

Thanks to all of you for commenting - just got back from walking my kid to school in the RAIN...:)

I've had my house for 10 years.  I've never set aside an account for future maintenance.  Can you imagine how much I'd have set aside for the roof I'm going to need soon if I had? 

New homeowners need to know also that if something goes wrong a few months after the house closes it is most likely NOT your Realtor's fault!!  It is part of owning a home, your welcome mat into the world of home ownership if you will.

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 10 years ago

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