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Upgrade: The No. 1 thing buyers regret about purchasing their home

Homeownership often comes with a side of regret.

Fully 44% of home owners say they regret some part of buying a home, according to a survey of nearly 1,500 homeowners released Thursday by personal finance site Bankrate. The No. 1 thing they regret: Not understanding how expensive the maintenance, repairs and other hidden costs would be.

Indeed, these hidden costs often surprise them: According to a survey from American Express nearly half of Americans were hit with an unexpected expense in the previous year; one of the top three unexpected costs was home-related expenses. And a survey released last year from personal finance site Nerdwallet found that 44% of people who had purchased a home experienced their first unexpected repair within a year of closing.

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