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10 hidden housing costs new homeowners don’t expect and Mikey Rox •

You’re a new homeowner — congrats! The hardest part is over, for sure (saying goodbye to most of your savings isn’t easy, after all). But the money hemorrhage isn’t finished just yet. There are several under-the-radar and often overlooked fees and expenses that accompany home ownership that a newbie like you might miss. Keep tabs


Millennials love this new housing community in a forgotten stretch of California thanks to its ultra-fast internet and dirt-cheap home prices

Tanza Loudenback •
Business Insider
Millennials love this new housing community in a forgotten stretch of California thanks to its ultra-fast internet and dirt cheap home prices

Millennials represent 36 percent of all homebuyers in the US today. A new housing community called New Haven in Ontario, California, reports a millennial homeownership rate of more than 50 percent. New Haven offers modest homes at prices from $200,000 to $500,000. California is no paragon of affordability, particularly when it comes to housing. In


Three reasons I’m paying my mortgage off early even though it doesn’t make financial sense

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
Couple meets with their financial advisor

Paying off your mortgage early really doesn’t make financial sense. Your mortgage interest rate is probably lower than the rate of return you could earn on investments, which means you’ll likely end up with less money by prepaying your mortgage than you would’ve if you’d taken that cash and invested it.  Because of the opportunity


Nine ways to lower your mortgage payment

Choncé Maddox •
Money Under 30
Young man cooking while a young girl sitting on a kitchen counter waiting

A high mortgage payment can account for a large amount of your income, leaving you with very little to cover the rest of your regular living expenses. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend trying to keep your mortgage costs low, preferably under 30 percent of your take-home income. If you’re wondering how to


Getting affordable flood insurance

Kimberly Lankford •
Thinking and watching the rain ☔️

You don’t have to live in a high-risk flood zone to be hit with expensive flood damage; about 25 percent of the National Flood Insurance Program’s claims come from areas with low-to-moderate flood risk. “It’s not just people in floodplains who get flooded when a storm decides to stall over an area and dump catastrophic