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The Realities of Owning a Home: Recurring Costs

Home ownership is one of the biggest goals in one’s life. However, more goes into home ownership than simply paying a mortgage each month. In fact, there are some other recurring expenses that can put you over your budget if you don’t plan accordingly. In this article, we’re going to cover some of the most common monthly expenses that you can plan for if you’re in the market for buying a home in the near future. Most importantly, protect your new dwelling with a tailored New York Home Insurance policy. Mortgage loan. This is the most obvious, and will vary in cost depending on the home’s price, how much you put down, and your interest level that you work out with your lender. If it’s a fixed loan, the price will remain the same over the life of your mortgage loan terms. Otherwise, an adjustable loan changes as your benchmark changes. Insurance. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average annual U.S. homeowners insurance premium was $1,132 in 2014. However, homeowners insurance premiums can vary from year to year based on changes in your home’s appraised value, your policy’s deductible and coverage amounts, your claim history, and your credit score. As with property taxes, you pay one-twelfth of your annual homeowners premium with your monthly escrow payment, says Money Crashers. Private mortgage insurance. If you put down less than 20% of the home’s price in your down payment, you’ll need to pay an additional monthly expense for private mortgage insurance (PMI). PMI protects your lender from financial loss if your home is foreclosed upon and sold at a discount relative to your purchase price. If you have good credit, your lender may assess PMI premiums until your loan-to-value (LTV) ratio (the ratio of your current mortgage balance to your home’s total value) reaches 78%. However, lenders generally honor borrowers’ PMI cancellation requests once LTV reaches 80%. If you pose a higher credit risk, your lender may require you to carry PMI until your LTV is lower. Property taxes. Depending on where you live, your city’s property taxes will vary each year. You will typically pay 1/12th of the total amount each year. Utilities/maintenance. Finally, you’ll need to factor in costs for utilities. Everything from water, gas and electricity to phones, internet and cable are recurring monthly expenses you’ll need to budget for. In addition, monthly maintenance is another…
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Westchester County Homeowners Insurance: High-End Home Insurance

Westchester County Homeowners Insurance: High-End Home Insurance You own a home; you need any standard home insurance policy right? Not quite that simple. For one thing, it is essential to know the value of your coverage. Homeowners’ policies may cover fire damage and theft, but their loss limits typically fall way short of the necessary range. Insuring luxury and high end homes requires a more carefully constructed home insurance plan than a standard house. High end homes often boast fine luxury features, extraordinary craftsmanship, technology, and expensive furnishings that could be extremely costly to repair or replace if damaged. When insuring your high end home, you want to take the time to thoroughly evaluate the property with your insurance agent. The cost of materials, fine art, jewelry, furniture, technology; everything should be analyzed and assessed. Often times, the program in place can have either duplicate or too much coverage, or not enough coverage. You want a comprehensive policy that represents the true value of your home and its content. A strong high end home insurance policy requires a thorough fact-finding and replacement cost analysis of your home. The policy should also reflect any exposures that could increase your liability, such as swimming pools, and tennis or basketball courts, so that if someone is injured on your property you are covered. Other factors that might be considered are excess flood insurance, incidental business coverage, identity theft, and if a structure needs to be rebuilt to “green standards,” to make sure you have the exact coverage your home requires. If you employ a staff, there may be a need for employment practices liability insurance or workers comp insurance. At A.J. Benet, we understand the intricacies of insuring high-end luxury homes. We will work with you to make sure you have a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy that ensures you and your family have the best protection. And in the event of a loss, you can be assured that a team of adjusters is available to you 24/7. Contact us today for more information about our Westchester County Homeowners Insurance.

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