Marilyn is a former NerdWallet writer focusing on mortgages and homeownership. Her writing has been featured by MSN, The Mercury News and The Providence Journal. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington.
The latest from Marilyn
Love That Home’s View? See How Much More You’ll Pay
Much depends on the rarity of the view, whether it’s a panorama or just a peek. But in general, prepare to shell out for scenery.
Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Home Buyers
Before selling your home, boost its curb appeal with a little elbow grease. Each of these curb appeal ideas costs less than $100.
Pros and Cons of a 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage
A longer repayment period qualifies buyers for lower payments or a pricier home. But the rate will be higher and you'll pay more interest over the life of the loan.
6 Ways to Build Your Home Equity (and Savings) Faster
Building equity in your home gives you more financial options. There are a number of ways to build equity faster.
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.