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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Seller’s Disclosure: What Home Sellers Must Reveal
It's important to understand the seller's disclosure laws in your state, whether you're buying or selling a home.
Take Some of the Mystery Out of Buying a House Sight Unseen
Finding the right agent and getting help from others on the ground can help you buy a house even if you can't visit it in person.
Home Inspection in North Carolina: How It Works and What It Costs
North Carolina home inspections range from about $200 for small condominiums to more than $400 for larger homes.
What Is a Short Sale?
A short sale is a last-resort option for homeowners who want to avoid foreclosure.
Is It a Good Time to Buy a House?
Consider market conditions as well as your personal and financial readiness.
Your Battle Plan for Buying a Home With a VA Loan
Choose experienced professionals to guide you through the VA loan process, and bring some cash to the table, even if you don't plan to make a down payment.
Why It’s Time to Dump Home Buyer Love Letters
Some personal letters from home buyers to sellers can open the door to housing discrimination.
How to Save Money for a House: Steps to Get Moving
Set a savings target, make saving automatic and look for ways to minimize expenses when saving for a house.
How First-Home Shoppers Can Keep a Cool Head in a Hot Market
Know what to expect, stick to your budget and priorities, and don't let anxiety get the upper hand.
Good Neighbor Next Door Program: How It Works
This federal program offers bargain-priced homes to teachers, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, but very few homes are available.
What to Know About Buying a Manufactured Home
Manufactured homes are built in factories to federal government standards and in some cases can be financed with low-down-payment mortgages.
VA Cash-Out Refinance: How It Works
A VA cash-out refinance is for current or veteran military service members who want to tap into their home equity or refinance another type of mortgage into a VA loan for a lower rate.
VA Appraisals: Requirements, Fees and What to Expect
A VA appraisal estimates the value of the home you want to buy and ensures the property meets the VA's minimum requirements.