Don’t sugar coat it: Here are the hidden costs of homeownership

A home's affordability goes way beyond the monthly mortgage -- it includes insurance, maintenance, utilities, taxes and other unforeseen to-dos along the way. So, how do these extra costs impact a buyer's ability to actually afford the home they've been eyeing? According to a joint study by Zillow and Thumbtack, the average U.S. homeowner will spend $9,080 on these expenses per year, which breaks down to an extra $757 per month on top of the mortgage ...