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

9 Ways To Save Money on Your Mortgage Before You Close

A home is the biggest single purchase most people will ever make and like any other major investment, it makes sense to look for the... read more

15 Common Mortgage Terms To Know

Thinking about buying a home? Then you’ve probably encountered a whole new language. “Amortization,” “origination fee,” “earnest money” and other common terms used in mortgage... read more

What Determines Your Mortgage Rate?

No single element determines the mortgage rate you receive. A combination of factors — some of which you can influence and others you cannot —... read more

How to read a mortgage statement

A mortgage statement provides essential information about how your monthly loan payments are used. Most borrowers receive a statement each month. The look of these... read more

How Long Are Home Equity Loan Terms?

Thanks to rising home values and sales prices plus tight inventories in many cities, Americans are sitting on more than $14.4 trillion in equity, according... read more