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
Barbara has also nerded out in...
The Associated Press, MarketWatch, The New York Times, The Washington Post
The latest from Barbara
VA Loans: How They Work, Who Qualifies
VA loans are for current and veteran service members, and eligible spouses. VA mortgages have competitive interest rates and usually require no down payment.
Why Single Parents Need Life Insurance and How to Afford It
You need life insurance for as long as your children depend on you financially.
Does Life Insurance Cover Suicide?
Individual life insurance doesn't cover suicide within two years (one year in some states) after the policy begins.
Ditch This Phrase and Jump-Start Your Financial Plan
Here's how to quit dwelling on your money mistakes and start fixing them.
Life Insurance and Millennials — What to Consider Now
If you're in your 20s or 30s, life insurance is probably easier and cheaper to buy than you think.
Don’t Let the Fear of Looking Stupid Lead to Money Mistakes
Don't know what to do with your money? Here's how to brush off embarrassment and get help.
Disability Insurance: Why You Need It and How to Get It
A complete guide to how disability insurance works and how to get coverage through work or on your own.
Can You Buy a House With No Credit?
Your record of on-time payments for things like rent, utilities and insurance can fill in for a credit history with some lenders.
How to Get Adequate Driver Info After an Accident
No matter what, have your camera ready and be prepared to file a police report.
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: The Pros and Cons
Pros include low introductory rates and flexibility; cons include complexity and the potential for much bigger payments over time.
Conforming Loan vs. Nonconforming Loan
Conforming loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and can’t exceed FHFA loan limits (typically $647,200). Nonconforming loans can be bigger but may cost more.
How to Get Rid of PMI
You can wait for PMI to cancel automatically, or you can request early cancellation, get a reappraisal or refinance the mortgage to get rid of it.
Are Home Equity Loans Tax-Deductible?
Home equity loan interest may be tax deductible if the borrowed money was used to buy, build or improve your home.
‘Excluding’ vs. ‘Removing’ Drivers From Car Insurance
Removing is best if they don’t regularly drive. Excluding keeps bad-driving records from affecting your insurance.