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property tax

This varies by locality. We use the actual average property tax rate for your metro area. You can also input your personal property tax rate as a percent of your homes value or a national baseline assumption of 1.35%.

buying closing costs

Typically, home buyers will pay between about 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price of their home in closing fees. So, if your home cost $150,000, you might pay between $3,000 and $7,500 in closing costs. On average, buyers pay roughly $3,700 in closing fees, according to a recent survey.

discount rate

The opportunity cost of your money. It reflects what your money would earn as savings or investments other than housing. The higher the discount rate, the more expensive home ownership is because buying a home.

Homeowner Condo/HOA Fees

A homeowners association fee (HOA fee) is an amount of money that must be paid monthly by owners of certain types of residential properties, and HOAs collect these fees to assist with maintaining and improving properties in the association. HOA fees are almost always levied on condominium owners, but they may also apply in some neighborhoods of single-family homes.

Selling Closing Costs

In a closing, both buyers and sellers have costs. Home buyers pay between about 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price in closing fees, but are faced with more line-item expenses than the seller. Sellers tend to pay more at closing, as they are responsible for paying the real estate commission

Long Term Capital Gains Tax

Short-term capital gains are taxed at the investor's ordinary income tax rate and are defined as investments held for a year or less before being sold. Long-term capital gains, on dispositions of assets held for more than one year, are taxed at a lower rate.

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