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Greetings fellow Fools!

I have been reading the board for the past few months,
anticipating the moment when my DW and I would start looking for a house.
Well the moment is upon us. We are ready to jump in and begin our home search.
I have learned a lot from this message board, and the Fool's Buying a Home section.

One issue I am having difficulty with is determining how much home we can really afford. The approach I am taking towards this is trying to create a projected budget for our new house. Certain things on our current budget plan will change. Our rent will disappear, to be replaced by a mortgage payment. Our gas and electric bill will likely be higher. We will now be paying for our own heat. There are many other additional expenses. What I am trying to determine is what additional information should I find out about a house before deciding to buy?

Here are the questions that I have so far.

1) What are the taxes on this house.
2) What are the average electric/gas bills
3) What is the average water bill

So my question to you Fools is:
What are the other monthly expenses involved in owning a home?

Excited and Nervous,
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