Tara Mastroeni

Staff Writer

Expertise: Mortgages/real estate, personal finance, credit cards, debt management, savings, personal loans, student loans
Education: Emerson College

Tara is a staff writer for LendingTree, where she covers a wide variety of personal finance topics, including personal loans, student loans, mortgage and small business content. Before working at LendingTree, Tara spent nearly a decade as a freelance personal finance writer. Her work has previously appeared on Forbes Advisor, Business Insider and Realtor.com.

Tara earned a bachelor’s degree in media production from Emerson College.

Articles by Tara Mastroeni

How Much is a Down Payment for a House?

You may have been told that 20% is the magic number when it comes to how much of a down payment you need for a... read more

How Home Construction Loans Work

A construction loan can help you design and build your dream home. However, these loans function differently from traditional mortgages, and they come with some... read more

2024 AAA Car Buying Review

Members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) have access to a wide variety of benefits beyond roadside assistance. One of those benefits is the AAA... read more

2024 Capital One Auto Loan Review

Capital One auto loans at a glance New auto loansUsed auto loansRefinance auto loans Starting annual percentage rate (APR)6.49%Not disclosedNot disclosed Loan terms36 to 72... read more

7 Reasons Why You Were Denied a Personal Loan (and 6 Ways to Fix It)

Being denied a personal loan can be frustrating, but it’s important to understand why you weren’t approved. Once you know the reasons why your application... read more

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