Everything You Need to Know About Buying A Home

From mortgages to closing costs, here's how to prepare.

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You've been thinking about it for a while and have decided that you want to take the plunge — into buying a home, that is.

Whether you're buying your first home or you're ready to find your dream home, you're about to take on a lot of financial responsibility, and falling in love with a property that's a stretch — or totally out of reach — for your budget is no way to start. Here are some key things to understand about the homebuying process before you commit to your new home.

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Your mortgage payment covers principal and interest on your home loan, but it's actually
just one facet of the big picture. There are a number of other costs to consider:

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    Premiums can range from $300 to $1,000 annually. For a rough estimate, divide the value of your home by $1,000 and multiply by $3.50.

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    Property Taxes

    Median property taxes range from 0.18 percent to 1.89 percent of the home's assessed value and are determined at both your county and state level, so be sure to check your county and state's tax rates.