• How to budget realistically for home repairs

    6 days ago - By WGN TV

    If you're a homeowner and haven't faced a big repair bill yet, just wait. Even in the best-maintained homes, stuff will wear out or break.
    Budgeting for these inevitable bills isn't always easy. One commonly cited rule of thumb - to save 1% to 4% of your home's value each year for maintenance and repairs - can give homeowners sticker shock as real estate prices soar.
    Accredited financial counselor Kate Mielitz recently purchased a home in Olympia, Washington, where the median listing price is $540,000, according to Realtor.com. Saving even 1% of that, or $5,400, would be a stretch for many...
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