Robyn Murray

Robyn Murray is a freelance editor and writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. She has reported for National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation, WNYC and WBUR. Her print work has appeared in USA Today and Business Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and her master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Articles by Robyn Murray

If you have enough equity in your house, you can use a cash-out refinance to make a large withdrawal. With a cash-out refinance, you replace your current loan with a new larger mortgage and take the difference between the two in cash. You can use ca... read more

How to Refinance a HELOC

If you have a home equity line of credit (HELOC), it may be possible to refinance the loan if needed. Depending on your financial situation, refinancing may give you more time to repay the loan or help you get better terms, such as a lower monthly p... read more

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a second mortgage that operates similarly to a credit card. It allows you to tap the equity in your home on an as-needed basis. Since this line of credit is secured by your home, it usually comes with a lower ... read more

Buying a second home is a dream for many homeowners. But the process of financing a vacation home is more complicated than purchasing a house for the first time. Read on to learn how to get a vacation home mortgage, including lender guidelines and s... read more

When you apply for a home loan, one option to consider is an adjustable-rate mortgage, or ARM. An ARM loan has a lower fixed interest rate for the first years of repayment, then the ARM resets and the interest rate can go up or down throughout the r... read more

When it comes to buying a second home vs. an investment property, there’s more at stake than simply semantics. How you decide to label your additional property will make a difference in how it’s treated when it comes to loans and taxes. In other... read more

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