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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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.
ARMs vs. Fixed-Rate Mortgages: How to Compare
Adjustable rates start low but change over time, while fixed interest rates stay locked for the life of the loan. Prepare for bigger payments if ARM rates reset higher after the introductory period.
What to Know Before Using a 401(k) Loan for a Down Payment
Know the risks, calculate if you can afford the repayments, and consider alternatives before borrowing from your 401(k).
How to Make a Cash Offer With a Mortgage
Cash-offer financing programs give buyers who need mortgages the ability to make cash offers on homes.
What Mortgage Company Changes Mean for Your Home Loan
The advice for mortgage shopping remains the same: Apply with multiple lenders to compare rates and fees.
Best Mortgage Lenders for ITIN Loans
ITIN loans are for borrowers who are ineligible for Social Security numbers. Compare NerdWallet's picks of mortgage lenders who offer ITIN loans.
How to Use a HELOC Strategically in Retirement
A HELOC can be a useful tool to manage cash and ride out bumpy investment markets in retirement.
Advice for Renters Priced Out of Homebuying
Use a timeout from home shopping to reevaluate goals and strengthen finances.
Buying a House for Sale by Owner
You don't have to go without a real estate agent just because the FSBO seller doesn't have one.
Real Estate Agent Referral Networks for Home Buyers and Sellers
You can get referred to a real estate agent through your lender or through a company specializing in matching agents with buyers and sellers.
Rocket Homes Review
Rocket Homes — a sister company of Rocket Mortgage — matches you with real estate agents and provides online tools to shop for, buy or sell a home.
What Is LTV? Why Loan-To-Value Ratio Matters
The maximum loan-to-value ratio allowed for a mortgage depends on the type of home loan and the lender's requirements.
How to Safely Tap Home Equity in a Financial Emergency
If you've got a HELOC in place before you hit a financial rough patch, it could serve as a backup to your cash emergency savings.