10 Hidden Homeowner Costs — and How You Can Slash Them

A mortgage is just the first of many homeownership expenses — most of which continue for as long as you own a home.

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Buying a home is often seen as a major milestone in finances and in life. However, even after you buy a home, you might be surprised to discover that it’s not as affordable as you thought.

A recent study from Bank of the West found that 55 percent of all homeowners have regrets, and the No. 1 regret is that it’s too costly to maintain their home.

Following is what you need to know about 10 hidden homeowner costs — and how to keep them from breaking the bank.


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