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The True Cost of Homeownership: What Every Military Family Should Know

If you’re a military family looking to plant roots, chances are, you're considering buying a home. The allure of having a place to call your own, to decorate according to your whims, and to provide stability for your family is unquestionable. But before you dive headfirst into homeownership, it's crucial to understand the true cost that comes with it.

Beyond the Mortgage

Let's start with the most obvious cost—your mortgage. When many people consider the cost of a home, they look at the price tag on the listing and think, "Okay, that's what I need to afford." But the actual cost of homeownership extends far beyond your monthly mortgage payment.

Yes, your mortgage will likely be your largest monthly expense, but remember, it includes not only the loan principal and interest but often property taxes and homeowners' insurance as well. If you’re using a VA loan, thankfully, you won’t have to worry about private mortgage insurance (PMI), a cost that other homeowners often have to bear.

Maintenance and Repairs

Next up is the cost of maintaining your home. From minor repairs like fixing a leaky faucet to major ones like replacing a roof, these expenses can add up quickly. A common rule of thumb is to budget at least 1% of your home's value each year for maintenance and repairs, but this can vary greatly depending on the age and condition of the house.


Don't forget utilities. If you're transitioning from renting to owning, you might be in for a bit of sticker shock when you see your first few utility bills. Everything from water and electricity to gas, trash, and possibly even HOA fees, can add a significant amount to your monthly costs.

Home Improvements

You’ve dreamt of a gourmet kitchen or a lush backyard oasis. But dreams can carry hefty price tags. Whether it’s necessary renovations or aesthetic improvements, modifying your home to match your vision is an important budget consideration.

Emergency Fund

Last but certainly not least is the importance of having an emergency fund. Life is unpredictable. A major home repair or a sudden change in your income can throw your financial plans off track. It's a good idea to have three to six months' worth of expenses saved up for emergencies.

The Realities of Homeownership

Homeownership can be a great step towards building wealth and securing stability for your family. But it's essential to go into it with open eyes, understanding all the costs involved. It's not to scare you off, but to prepare you for the financial realities that come with owning a home.

This is where I can help. As a mortgage professional with over 30 years of experience, I'm here to guide you through the complexities of the mortgage process. With a special focus on VA loans, I can help you understand your best options, decode the jargon, and simplify the process—making it an understandable journey, not a confusing maze.

So, whether you're ready to jump into homeownership or just exploring your options, let's chat. Contact me today, and let's make your dream of homeownership a reality that works for your unique financial situation.


Ready to make an informed decision about your future home? Don't navigate the complicated waters of homeownership alone. Let my experience and dedication work for you.

Contact me today, and together, we will explore your options, understand the true costs involved, and embark on this exciting journey towards your dream home. Remember, your service to our nation deserves no less than superior service in return. Click HERE to book your free consultation now!

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