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After You Buy

Reassemble Your Finances

Feeling a squeeze in the budget when you buy a home is perfectly normal. After all, your housing expenses are probably higher than before. In addition to taking a lean-and-mean approach to the rest of your spending, here are some other suggestions.

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Ignore Solicitations

Soon after you move into your home the mailbox will be flooded with solicitations offering you mortgage life insurance, mortgage disability insurance as well as solicitations for accelerating your mortgage payoff.

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Tax Assessments

If home prices have dropped since you bought your home, you may be able to appeal your assessment and enjoy a reduction in the property taxes that you're required to pay.

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Keep half an eye on interest rates. If interest rates decrease from where they were when you took out your mortgage, you may be able to refinance your mortgage and save yourself some money.

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Keep Receipts for Improvements

Sooner or later, you will spend money on your home. Some of what you spend money on should be tracked and documented for tax purposes in order to minimize the capital gain that you may owe tax on in the future.

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