Linda Bell is a former writer and spokesperson for NerdWallet. Her previous experience includes more than 20 years as a business news/personal finance reporter, writer and producer at organizations including Bloomberg News andFox Business. Her work has earned recognition from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the New York Association of Black Journalists.She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English literature at NewYork University.
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Can You Get a HELOC on an Investment Property?
It’s possible to get a HELOC on an investment property, but there are strict requirements, they aren't widely available, and you may have alternative funding options.
Can I Sell My House While in Forbearance?
You can sell your house while in forbearance. The process will differ depending on your equity, and you may have options to stay in your home.
Opendoor: What to Know
Opendoor, which pioneered iBuying in 2014 and is the largest iBuyer, buys and sells homes in more than 50 markets and charges a 5% selling fee.
What Does a Home Warranty Cover?
A home warranty typically helps pay to repair or replace major systems and appliances, but not every company offers the same coverage.
How to Find a Mortgage Broker
Find a mortgage broker that is right for you by getting recommendations and comparing their experience and fees.
What Is a Realtist?
A Realtist is a member of the minority real estate trade association the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, or NAREB, whose mission is 'democracy in housing.'
How Much to Offer on a House
Tailor your offer to your budget, the current housing market and how well the house suits your lifestyle.
How to Buy a House With No Money Down
Buying a house with no money down is possible if you’re a veteran, want to live in a rural area, or otherwise qualify for a mortgage with no down payment requirement.
How to Budget for a New Home So You Don’t End Up House Poor
Before buying a home, figure out how much house you can truly afford, including a budget for maintenance and repairs.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a House?
The price you pay to build a house will depend on the location, labor costs and quality of the finishes.
What Is Redlining?
Redlining denied mortgages to creditworthy borrowers because of their race or where they lived.
The Black Homeownership Gap: A Fair Housing Leader’s Solutions
Down payment assistance and housing laws are highlighted by the president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Mortgage Underwriting: A Guide for Home Buyers
Mortgage underwriting is when a lender reviews your finances, analyzes the risk of giving you a loan and decides whether to approve your application.
Mortgage Denied? Here’s How to Recover
Determine the reason for denial — such as lack of credit history or a high debt-to-income ratio — then address it before reapplying.