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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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.
Can I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
It's possible to buy or sell a house during the coronavirus pandemic, but the process includes new challenges.
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.