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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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.
Life Insurance for Small-Business Partners
An owner's death can hit a small business hard, but a life insurance payout can reduce stress for partners.
Refinance Appraisal Came in Low? How to Respond
Contact the lender if you think the appraiser missed something or made a mistake.
4 Ways to Strengthen Your Home’s Refinance Appraisal Value
Appraisal values can make or break a refinance application. Fresh paint, new flooring, updated fixtures and a good cleaning can lead to a more favorable assessment.
How Pet Trusts Provide Life Insurance Money for Pet Care
Setting up a trust to benefit your pet can put your mind at ease, and you don’t have to be a billionaire to do it.
5 Safety Features That Can Save You Money on Car Insurance
Only tried-and-true car safety features can save you money on insurance.
10 Big Life Insurance Mistakes People Make
With careful planning, you can avoid common life insurance pitfalls and provide the coverage your family needs.
How a Buyer’s Agent Can Help Your Home Search
A buyer's agent will represent your interests when negotiating a home purchase.
7 Things to Know Before Buying a House
Learn key information such as your credit score and how much home you can afford before you start house hunting.
When Married Couples Should Seek Separate Car Insurance Quotes
Bad driving records, poor credit and expensive sports cars are common reasons couples keep separate policies.
Mortgage Rate Lock: When Do I Lock In My Interest Rate?
A mortgage rate lock freezes your interest rate until loan closing to protect your homebuying power from rate hikes.
What Happens If Your Life Insurance Company Goes Bust
In the rare case a life insurance company fails, a safety net is ready to protect policyholders.
How Undocumented Immigrants Can Get Car Insurance
A growing number of states are making it easier to get car insurance for undocumented immigrants.
How and Why to Set Up a Life Insurance Trust for Your Children
Opening a trust allows for more flexibility and control over how proceeds are spent in the event of your death.