Infographic: 4 Ways to Save On Monthly Housing Costs

Owning a home is cheaper than it was five years ago.

Believe it or not, on average, homeowners are spending about $65 less per month on their mortgages than in 2009, according to a recent Census report. Back then, homeowners were spending $1,000 per month, and now that number is down to $934. It’s not much monthly, but over 360 payments, every dollar helps.

If your home is costing you the same as it was half a decade ago, maybe it’s time to figure out how to shave some of those costs. This infographic has four ways to cut your housing costs.

saving money tipsCredit: Ilyce Glink via Think Glink

1. Shrink your homeowners insurance bill

Bankrate just released some “surprising homeowner’s insurance discounts” you may not know about.

  • Four out of 10 top insurers offer discounts for a newly purchased home.
  • Three of the 10 largest homeowners insurance companies offer a price break for seniors.
  • Request a quote and switch to a new carrier before your existing policy expires and three of the top insurers will offer an early bird discount.
  • Belong to a fraternity, sorority or professional association? Two of the largest insurers will give you a discount for that.

Most importantly, remember to update your homeowner’s insurance if you renovate or install security features. Most insurers will offer discounts there.

2. Refinance your mortgage

Everyone (myself included) thought interest rates would rise this year. The economy was improving and the Fed was stepping away from its bond-buying stimulus program that kept rates artificially low, all signalling a rise in rates above 5 percent.

Instead, rates have actually dropped. Last week, they were under 4 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. So if you’re paying more than that, it’s still a good time to refinance. Even if you’re pretty close to that 4 percent, you may still save money if you follow my four rules for a home-run refinance.

3. Cut your utility bills

Here’s seven ideas to shave on your gas and electricity bills.

4. Fight your property tax assessment.

If you feel your property tax assessment is too high, or at least much higher than your neighbors with similar homes, follow these four steps to fight your property tax assessment. If you can successfully lower the assessment, you’ll save money for years to come.


Rate This Article
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...

About Ilyce Glink

Author of 13 books, including the bestselling 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask. Writer of the nationally syndicated column, “Real Estate Matters.” Top-rated radio host in Atlanta. Writer for CBS MoneyWatch.com. Managing editor of the Equifax Personal Finance Blog.
This entry was posted in Blog, Mortgage. Bookmark the permalink.

© Ilyce R. Glink. All rights reserved. This content may not be used, distributed, syndicated, compiled or excerpted in any medium or form without written authorization from Think Glink, Inc. For information on syndicating ThinkGlink.com please contact us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *