6 Home Ownership Truths That Will Shake You To Your Core

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Are you plagued by recurring dreams of ditching your rental in the city and buying your own place upstate? A bungalow in the Hudson Valley sounds nice right about now, doesn't it? But behind that clapboard facade lurks a hard truth — homeownership kind of sucks.

Sure, it seems like a lovely concept, but have you ever thought about how much responsibility owning a house actually entails? Taking the garbage out every Monday is enough of a chore. Owning a home certainly has its advantages and can make for a solid long-term investment, but the fantasy is best served with a solid dose of reality. We spoke with Porch.com editor-in-chief Anne Reagan to parse through the complex costs of owning a home, and came out with these six hard truths — apologies in advance to your burgeoning inner lifestyle guru.