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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What Is an iBuyer?
Companies known as iBuyers use digital tools to simplify the home selling and buying process.
How a Home Appraisal Works and How Much It Costs
A home appraisal is a professional opinion of a property's value. A home appraisal typically costs between $300 and $400.
How to Avoid PMI When Buying a Home
You can avoid paying for private mortgage insurance, or PMI, by making at least a 20% down payment on a conventional home loan.
4 VA Loan Options for Home Improvements
A VA renovation loan rolls the cost of repairs into a VA mortgage or VA cash-out refinance.
FHA vs. VA Loan: Which One Is Right For You?
An FHA loan might be an option for a veteran or service member with a lower credit score.
How to Get a Certificate of Eligibility for a VA Home Loan
The quickest way to get a VA certificate of eligibility is usually to ask a VA-approved lender to obtain it for you.
Down Payment Assistance: How to Get Help Buying a House
Home buyers can apply for down payment assistance through state and local programs. Grants and forgivable loans are available.
First-Time Home Buyer Down Payment Strategies
Low-down-payment loans, assistance programs or gifts can help first-time home buyers clear the down payment hurdle.
Mortgage Closing Costs: How Much You’ll Pay
Mortgage closing costs run from 2% to 6% of the loan cost, including property taxes, title insurance and more.
The 20% Mortgage Down Payment Isn’t Dead Yet
A growing number of buyers are putting down 20% in today's hot market, but most people still make smaller down payments.
VA Home Loan Changes in 2020
A new law increased VA loan funding fees and eliminated loan limits for 2020.
The ‘Good Enough’ Home May Be Just Perfect
Buying a 'good enough' home that doesn't break your budget can help lay a solid foundation to achieve many dreams.
Best FHA 203(k) Mortgage Lenders
Buying a fixer-upper or remodeling your current home? NerdWallet has selected some top FHA 203(k) lenders to make your loan search easier.