Michele Lerner

Michele Lerner is a personal finance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering mortgages, real estate, insurance, student loans, credit card debt and money management. She has written for numerous finance publications including The Motley Fool, Bankrate, MagnifyMoney, ValuePenguin, GetRichSlowly, Insurance.com and HSH.com as well as general consumer publications such as The Washington Post, the Boston Globe and USA Today.

Articles by Michele Lerner

What is a Broker Price Opinion?

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or refinancing, a broker price opinion can provide valuable insight to inform your decision. A broker price opinion... read more

What is an HOA?

HOA stands for homeowners association, and is an organization that makes and enforces rules to maintain a neighborhood, subdivision or building. Members of the HOA... read more

USDA Eligibility Maps: How to Use in Your House Hunt

While not everyone associates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with mortgage financing, an ideal place to find out about USDA loans is to start... read more

Teaser Rates: What You Should Know

While most mortgage borrowers choose a fixed-rate mortgage to finance or refinance their home, a teaser rate tempts some borrowers. A loan with a teaser... read more

Buying a New Construction Home vs. Existing Home

Among the many decisions homebuyers must make is whether buying a new construction home vs. existing home is right for them. Approximately 13% of buyers... read more

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