How Much Does Holding A Property Cost in Orange County?

Are you holding on to a property in Orange County and you aren’t exactly sure why? Every day that you continue to own the property, you are spending money on it. Before you hold on to it for another day, consider the below points. It might be time to think about selling your Orange County home! How much does holding a property cost in Orange County? Keep reading to find out!

Ask any property flipper and they will tell you this: the faster you make the flip, the more money you will make. Plain and simple, owning real estate costs money. And if you are holding on to the property for sentimental reasons or because you “might” use it one day, you are only throwing your money away. The property you own should be working for you NOW. It can be your primary residence, providing a monthly income, or be used for recreational purposes. If your Orange County house isn’t doing one these things, it might be time you consider selling it!

Costs of Holding A Property In Orange County

Property Taxes

Property taxes can be high With recent changes to the tax code, they are no longer deductible either. As long as you are listed as the owner of the home, you will be responsible for the taxes on it. By selling your house in a timely manner, you can immediately end your tax obligation for the home.

Utilities

Monthly utilities add up quickly. If you were to add up the amount you’ve spent on electricity, water, gas, tv, and internet you might be surprised at how high that number is. Even if you aren’t residing in the home while selling it, you will still need to keep the lights and the water on for the people who come to see your house. If your house is older and less energy efficient, you are likely to have utility bills significantly higher than what you would find in a new home.

Maintenance & Repairs

A good rule of thumb for maintenance costs is the one percent rule. This rule states that you should plan to spend about one percent of your purchase price on maintenance each year. For example, if your house was purchased for $250,000, you should plan to spend about $2,500 on home maintenance each year. Of course, these numbers can vary widely, but many investors use this formula to estimate costs.

Homeowners Insurance

The premium for a homeowners insurance policy will vary based on the house and its location. You can expect to pay over $1000 annually for an average Orange County home.

Mortgage Payments

It can be difficult to come up with a mortgage payment each and every month for a property you don’t want to own. The average mortgage payment nationwide is well over $1000 each month. Some people are struggling to pay thousands of dollars each month when in reality they would be much better off selling the property.

Opportunity Costs

What else could you be doing with the money you have tied up in the house? You could very well be missing out on a better home or investment opportunity. Look around at what else is out there and decide if you are truly happy with your current situation. If your property isn’t doing anything for you, it might be time to find something new!

As you can see, selling your home now as opposed to later can help you keep more money in your pocket. For every day you continue to own it, you will also continue having to be financially responsible for it. The bills and maintenance costs add up quickly. Run the numbers for yourself and make the decision that makes the most sense for you!

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Joe

Broker/Realtor/Investor/Mentor (41 years experience) Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Short-Sale, Property Management, Landlord I'm a Full Time Real Estate Professional, house flipper and mentor to many of my clients. I am here to help you get top dollar for your home or get you the best price for a home that you are going to live in. I have over 40 years of real estate experience for you to draw on and actively list and sell over 20 homes a year. I have sold over 600+ homes in the last ten years alone. I am a very skillful negotiator and will work diligently to help you realize the best possible price when buying or selling your home. With my Exclusive Home Acquisition & Sales System, I can find the Right Home for You! I have access to homes no other Realtor will show you. I can show you how to save an average of $10,000.00 on the purchase price. We will find a home that fits your needs, in a neighborhood that suits your style. If you are selling your home then I can bring all the professionals to you. I always include professional photos in ALL my listings. I have contractors standing by to assist with those upgrades if needed. I can also quickly get you ALL CASH offers for your home if you desire. My marketing surpasses all other agents. It begins with extensive internet advertising to hundreds of websites throughout the world. I do direct mail marketing for you home and also knock on doors in your neighborhood when I am holding an open house. I hold you home open to expose it to as many buyers as possible. My Exclusive program is designed to sell your home for Top Dollar in Any market. I am an experienced flipper here in Orange County and therefore can offer you my over 40 years of real estate experience. The information is available to you at no charge! If you like what you see, please call me and setup Your Free Consultation.

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