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We got milked for $24,000 last year. How about you?

by J. Money on Monday, February 1, 2010

House: Still mad at me?TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS for a roof over our head – and that was only for our mortgage interest & taxes! Haha…talk about a wake up call.

If you are a home “owner” I’m sure you know what I’m talkin’ about, but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if you’re looking to own a home one day be absolutely certain you’re ready to pay for the associated costs.

There are a ton of benefits that go along with this “American Dream,” (tax write-offs, stability, equity, etc) but you’ve got to be aware of the financial drains as well. And as most of you know, had I been more aware 2 1/2 years ago I would have done things a lot differently — Like either bought a smaller place or continued renting for a couple more years.

But it is what it is, and today I thought it would be interesting to see the breakdown of how our living situation has changed financially since renting. The numbers may be off a bit as I can’t recall exactly what we paid while renting (I didn’t start tracking this stuff until after we bought – when I realized I need to pay more attention!) but it’s pretty close:

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Mortgage(s)/Rent
Extra Principal
Taxes
Condo Fees
Utilities (non cable)
Insurance
Maintenance
——————
TOTAL:

Owning

$1,800
$200
$278
$130
$150
$75
$100?
———
$2,733

Renting

$1,300
$0
$0
$0
$200
$50
$0
———
$1,550

As you can see, we pay about $1,200 MORE a month right now . That’s pretty substantial, even with the tax write-offs (we may see about $600 of it back if I had to guess). But even crazier here, 100% of all that interest & taxes are NOT going towards the principal loans we took out on the house! Meaning we still would have owed the original $360k had we not been chipping away at it by our own accord (we have 100% financing, which surprisingly we actually like!)

So if you do own, or you’re thinking about owning, take all these things into consideration :) Just applying $100 or $200 extra a month towards your mortgages will drastically cut the amount of interest you’ll eventually pay in the end & won’t drive you *as* crazy. But I must warn you, it’s not that easy. I’ve been praising it for over a year now and I still struggle every time I sit down to do it! Haha…next time we’ll be buying a place closer to the lower end of our budget, not our highest.

How much did you all end up dishing out in interest & taxes last year?


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1 Anonymous February 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

My rental days were $300-385 for 1 bedroom apartment (600 sq ft). Water/trash were paid by landlord. Electric averaged $60. There was a laundry room, pool, club house and safe neighborhood.

I bought a 3 bed/1bath with carport 8 years ago. It's a 50 year old ranch with 960 sq ft. I have a laundry room and nicely sized kitchen. I also have a little yard. My mortgage is $376 with insurance/taxes. My water bill is $52, trash $11, electric $21 and gas is $39. All the bills are averaged. I paid about $3500 in repairs and maintenance with broken water heater, privacy fence replacement, 2 plumbing problems and locksmith twice.

The priceless part is having a little elbow room between the amorous or party animal neighbors. Also, my landlord had some tenants who trashed their apartments and the bugs and critters moved in. In a house, there is a little more room so the problems don't just move next door.

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2 J. Money February 9, 2010 at 2:44 am

Wow, so cool to see the differences in price here. 3 Bedroom for a $376 mortgage? Yes please! haha….although that would still get me stuck in one place (my real complaint with owning).

Appreciate you sharing!

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3 auntrapunewer September 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I think most peole fail to take into account when going from “renting” to “owning” are the unknown expenses. I would advise a sizable savings dedicated just for that purpose, otherwise your dream home can turn into your worst nightmare.

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4 J. Money September 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Yep, you got that right!

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