Barbara Marquand writes about mortgages, homebuying and homeownership. Previously, she wrote about insurance and investing at NerdWallet and covered personal finance for QuinStreet. Prior to that, she wrote for national consumer and trade publications on a wide range of topics, including business, careers and parenting. Her work has appeared in the Associated Press, MarketWatch, MSN Money, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many others.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from Colorado State University
- Previous experience: QuinStreet
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You'll need to balance the advantages of boosting the down payment against the need to hold back money for upgrades and emergencies.
What Is Mortgage Insurance? How It Works, When It’s Required
Mortgage insurance protects the lender. You’ll have to pay for it if you get an FHA mortgage or put down less than 20% on a conventional loan.
What Is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
Adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, have interest rates that can change over time. ARMs are best if you plan to move or pay off the loan before the introductory rate expires.
Best USDA Mortgage Lenders of 2023
If you live in an eligible area and are interested in a USDA loan, we'll help you choose an approved lender for USDA financing.
Best Lenders for FHA Loans in April 2023
FHA loans have down payment requirements as low as 3.5%. Compare some of the top FHA lenders to find the right fit for your needs.
Golden 1 Credit Union Mortgage Review 2023
Good for: California residents who want to work with a homegrown credit union that offers a variety of fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages, including home equity loans.
Risk Tolerance: What It Is and Why It’s Important
Risk tolerance is how much of a loss you're prepared to handle within your portfolio. Your goals, investing timeline and comfort level all factor into the equation.
Buying a House in 2023: What to Expect
Well-priced homes in good condition are selling fast, but buyers have some negotiating room.
Tips for First-Time Home Buyers
Learn strategies for saving a down payment, applying for a mortgage, shopping for a house and more.
How to Refinance a VA Loan
You have two options for refinancing a VA loan: Reduce the interest rate with a VA streamline refinance (VA IRRRL) or extract equity with a cash-out refi.