Cheryl Bourland's blog

Getting a Second Mortgage Quote Can Save You $1,400

Everyone loves the thrill of finding the best deal, whether it's on a pair of shoes, an appliance, or even a car! Why then do so many home buyers fail to shop around when it comes to the most expensive item of all: a mortgage? Back in April, Freddie Mac estimated how much extra money buyers are likely to pay over the course of their loan by failing to get multiple rate quotes, and the number wasn't cheap! In fact, they found that getting just one extra quote would save the average borrower over $1,400!

Is It Time to Take Your Home Off the Market?

All sellers look forward to the day when their home listing finally goes live; after all, in many cases they have worked hard for weeks or months to get the property ready for potential buyers. Although everyone dreams of a quick sale, the unfortunate reality is that sometimes a home just sits... and sits... and sits. If your home has been on the market for several months and you aren't receiving reasonable offers (or even unreasonable ones!), then it might be time to consider withdrawing the listing. Of course, this is no easy decision, so how do you know when a change is necessary? Here are four signs that it might be time for a tactical retreat.

Avoid Appliance Fires with This Advice

"Did I leave the oven on?" It's a thought that everyone has had at one point or another, and for good reason! After all, there is perhaps no other home disaster with the same combination of frightening consequences and ease of occurrence as a house fire. Our many appliances make our lives much easier, but they are also a common source of fires in our home. Keep reading for advice about how you can identify potential fire hazards and prevent them from going up in flames.