Cheryl Bourland's blog

Deciding to Downsize and Weighing the Reasons

small house with a set of keysDownsizing is a decision that many older couples are making as they look for homes that they view as perhaps the place they will spend the majority of their retirement years. There are some good and sometimes frustrating things that can occur once the downsizing takes place.

Remove These Scary Items Before Showing Your Home

"Scary" is a relative term. While one person might view something as an interesting piece of art, another might see it as downright disgusting. Rather than take the risk with something as important as a home sale, here are some items that should always be removed before showing the home to any potential buyer. While going viral on Instagram with accounts like "Zillow Gone Wild" may help your sale there are some things that can leave a bad taste in a buyers mind.

Don't Believe These Home Insurance Myths

It's a law of human nature: people don't want to spend money on something that they might never need. As a result, insurance is often viewed with distrust and suspicion. Although some insurance plans really are unnecessary (phone insurance, anyone?), home insurance is not. Purchasing your house is likely to be the largest financial commitment of your life, so you need it to be protected! The average person could never afford the home repairs that often follow disasters, which is why most mortgage lenders require you to purchase home insurance. Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions out there that can cause a serious headache when you need it least! Here are some of the biggest myths surrounding home insurance, and why they shouldn't be believed.