Homebuyers spend an average $40,000 in one-time fees

The one-time fees of moving into a new home could set you back roughly $40,000, according to a new study from RealEstate.com — a Zillow Group company — and Thumbtack. It’s a cost that comes as a shock to many first-time homebuyers, the companies say.

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Strengths, weaknesses, culture and more from some of the industry’s best-known and most innovative brokerages, straight from Jeff Lobb, CEO of Sparktank Media.

The essential guide to second homes and vacation homes

At one time or another, most people have dreamt of owning a place where they can get away from it all, whether it be a cabin overlooking a scenic mountain range, a quaint cottage near the lakeside or a breezy bungalow a few steps from the beach. What d…

Home-Selling Can Come With $18,000-Plus Price Tag

Are you a homeowner listing your property for sale? Consider the expenses that are often overlooked by sellers: cleaning costs, moving costs, painting, staging… “Even in the hottest housing markets in the country, selling a home takes time and costs money,” says Jeremy Wacksman, CMO at Zillow, which assessed the costs that come with listing in […]

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This is how much it costs to sell a home in the US

In a housing market with steadily rising home prices, the real estate industry has become focused on how much it takes buyers to become owners — a total cost that includes the down payment, closing costs and commissions. But there’s one question that’s often forgotten: How much does it cost sellers to get their home off the market …

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 …

Your first-time sellers might be surprised by $15K in hidden costs

In its latest study, Zillow turned the spotlight onto sellers and found that homeowners spend, on average, $15,190 in extra or hidden costs to sell their home — a reality that may blindside the 63 percent of today’s sellers who are putting their home …

Thumbtack trip calculator helps residents budget the move

One of the few things worse than moving is being asked by a friend to help them move. You can’t say no, at least not if you’re a true friend. But something you can do is recommend they try Thumbtack’s new trip calculator, so they can see how much they …

Yearly home expenses can bite owners

Homeowners on average pay more than $9,000 a year for hidden and home maintenance costs, with some markets saddling owners with $10,000 to more than $13,000 in expenses …