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You’ve got the down payment and have secured a loan—great! Just prepare yourself for such pesky, pricey add-ons as taxes, insurance, utilities, appraisal fees, escrow fees, and other assorted closing costs. Also make sure you’ve got an emergency fund to cover repairs that you might encounter soon after moving in. Once you buy a home, you’ll probably be spending about a third of your monthly income on mortgage principal, interest, taxes, and insurance expenses, so budget accordingly.
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