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Andrew Tavin, Personal Finance Writer

Andrew Tavin is a personal finance writer who covers a wide-range of financial topics from home lending to personal loans. His work has been published across several personal finance sites, including Own Up, OppU, and Discover.

Tavin’s experience as a comedian lends an approachable and entertaining angle to his content, making his articles easy to understand and jargon-free. He has created educational and humorous content for a variety of media outlets such as BrainPOP and the National Retail Federation. His work has also been cited by Wikipedia, Crunchbase, and Hacker News.

Tavin is a Certified Financial Education Instructor through the National Financial Educators Council. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in TV Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Articles by Andrew Tavin

Monthly Housing Expenses: The True Cost of Home Ownership

Understand the nuances of your monthly housing expenses; learn about mortgage payments, insurance, property taxes, and how to manage these costs effectively for a secure and comfortable living situation.

Can You Buy a House With a Lien?

Property liens can add an extra layer of complications to the homebuying process; read on to help you decide if it’s worth navigating.

What Is A Condo Questionnaire and Do I Need to Complete One?

A condo questionnaire is a document required by lenders to finance a property designated as a condominium or townhouse that is a part of a homeowners association. The document provides evidence that the condominium project is in compliance with lender’s underwriting requirements.

8 Cautionary Notes for a First-Time Homebuyer

Going through the homebuying process for the first time can feel mysterious, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are eight mistakes to avoid as a first-time homebuyer.

Find Your Dream Home: A How-To Guide

Finding your dream home takes hard work. Read this how-to guide to learn what to look for.

How to Buy a House from Out of State

Buying a house in another state can be difficult. Learn what to do and what to avoid.

How To Budget For A House

Figuring out how much mortgage you can afford can be difficult. Use this simple guide to learn how to budget for a house.

Purchase and Sale Agreement 101

Everything you need to know about your purchase and sale agreement.

Buying A House: The Ultimate Checklist

Unsure what to expect while buying a house? Here are 11 steps you can expect to complete during the homebuying process.

What Is an Earnest Money Deposit in Real Estate?

In order to lock in your home purchase agreement, you will have to put down some cash up front; here’s a look at how earnest money works and how much of it you may have to shell out.


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