Hidden Costs Many First-Time Homebuyers Have Never Heard Of

Many of today’s homebuyers are suffering from sticker shock—and not just over astronomical home prices.

Nearly half of homeowners, 44%, report they weren’t aware of the costs associated with buying a home, according to a Realtor.com® survey in July of nearly 3,000 adults, including 1,800 homeowners. (About 400 of the respondents were buyers who purchased a home within the past 15 months.) This includes paying for things like a home inspection, document fees, property taxes, home insurance, and title fees. About 11% weren’t even factoring in moving expenses.

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Today’s Insane Seller’s Market—and How To Survive It

Home sellers have a right to feel optimistic, even bullish, about selling a house today: Demand is sky high, and with record-low levels of homes for sale, hordes of eager beaver buyers will do just about anything to get their hands on your place.

Curious about what dangers might be lurking amid all these cutthroat buyers battling to outbid one another for your house? Here are a few key things buyers are doing today that could cause problems for sellers—and how you can sidestep these potential pitfalls.

Is Your Home (and Home Insurance) Ready for Extreme Weather?

Hurricanes. Heat waves. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Today’s headlines are awash in extreme weather, and whether you blame climate change or just plain bad luck, the simple truth is that the damage from these disasters is impossible to ignore.

While no climate expert or weather forecast can divine exactly what will unfold in the coming months, one thing all Americans can do to protect themselves and their home is have a solid homeowners insurance policy. But how prepared are we on this front?

How to Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes

One of the most annoying sounds of summer might be that droning whine of a mosquito, usually followed by the telltale tingle that, oh yeah, you’ve been bitten. Summer, as we all know, is peak mosquito season—but this year’s is worse than most, and it will probably last longer.

Keep these bloodsuckers from sneaking in and around your home by taking the necessary precautions. Here’s what experts want you to know about banishing mosquitoes from your property for the remainder of the summer.

Is My Home in a Flood Zone?

Ahome’s risk of flooding—from hurricanes or a huge downpour—is probably not the first thing you’d think to check. However, the fact is that many U.S. homes lie within flood zones, so it’s essential to size up this potential and take precautions if necessary—well before you might end up underwater.

So how can you find out if your home is in a flood zone—and if it is, how can you assess the size of this risk and what protections can you put in place? Whether you own a home or are looking to buy, here’s how to figure that out.

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