Donna Freedman

Veteran journalist Donna Freedman has written news, lifestyle, personal finance and mortgage stories for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and Internet news sites. Her work has won regional and national awards.

Articles by Donna Freedman

2023 Virginia First-Time Homebuyer Programs

Virginia first-time homebuyers have a range of programs that can help with the down payment and closing costs of buying a house. Thousands of dollars... read more

VA Renovation Loans: What They Are and How They Work

Eligible military borrowers can use a VA renovation loan to buy a home that needs work — or refinance their existing home — and roll... read more

Do You Skip a Mortgage Payment When You Refinance?

It may seem like you skip a payment when you refinance a mortgage, but you actually don’t. That’s because after refinancing, the first payment isn’t... read more

What Is a Seller’s Disclosure?

When you make an offer on a home, one of the first pieces of paperwork you’ll get is a seller’s property disclosure. Also known as... read more

HELOC Balloon Payments: How to Find a Way Out

If your home is worth more than your mortgage balance, a home equity line of credit could help with other financial goals. Typically you can... read more