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

What is Unsecured Debt? Definition and Examples

Unsecured debt does not come with a collateral requirement. This type of debt is fairly common and includes personal loans, student loans and credit cards.... read more

What is a Jumbo Loan and When Do You Need One?

If you live in an area with a high cost of living, or if you’re in the market for a more expensive home, you may... read more

How Does a VA Construction Loan Work?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers its own construction loan to help eligible military members build their dream homes. While VA construction loans... read more

When You Can (and Can’t) Be Arrested for Debt

While debt collectors can no longer have you jailed or threaten to have you arrested for not paying your debts, there are a few instances... read more

How to Prequalify for a Personal Loan — And How It Differs From Preapproval

There are many reasons why you may want to prequalify for a personal loan, such as checking your chances of loan approval and estimating your... read more

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