If you’re renting a home, you’re probably thinking about what it would be like to own your own house – but are you really ready?
Here’s some advice that can help you decide whether it’s time to buy a home for sale in Lake City or you should keep renting for a while.
Should You Buy a Home in Lake City? Here Are the Hidden Costs
In some cases, owning a home works out to be cheapter than renting is – but there are some “hidden” costs of home ownership that you need to know about before you dive in with both feet. Those include:
- Homeowners insurance
- Maintenance, repairs and upgrades
- Property taxes
- Private mortgage insurance
Your lender will require you to pay for homeowners insurance that protects the house in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Maintenance, Repairs and Upgrades
When you’re renting, your landlord handles all the maintenance and repairs, as well as any upgrades necessary to keep the property marketable. When you own the property, you’re responsible for all that.
When you own a home, you have to pay property taxes to the county, and sometimes the city, where you own. These taxes go toward roads and local amenities, such as schools, parks and more.
Private Mortgage Insurance
Not everyone has to pay for private mortgage insurance. Only people who put down less than 20 percent as a down payment on a home have to pay it, and in that case, it’s required by lenders.
Are You Buying a Home in Lake City?
If you’re moving to Lake City, we can help you find the perfect place to live. Call us at 386-243-0124 to tell us what you want from your home and we will begin searching right away.
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