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Lauren Hargrave


Lauren Hargrave, Personal Finance Writer

Lauren Hargrave is a writer from San Diego who focuses on technology, finance, and healthcare. She worked in finance for seven years before pivoting to a career in writing, and now, instead of putting numbers into spreadsheets, she writes about them instead. Her articles have appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, the Credit Karma blog, and more.

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What are Contingencies and How Do They Affect Your Home Purchase?

Contingencies can serve as an insurance policy during the homebuying process – for both the buyer and the seller. Here’s an in-depth look at how they can support your purchase process.

What is the Difference Between Prequalification and Preapproval?

These two terms may sound similar, but they actually carry different weight when placing an offer on a home. Learn the difference between them here.

What are HOA Fees and How Do They Impact the Price of Your Home?

There are many benefits to living in a community with homeowners association fees, but they can also impact your budget.

From Sale to Sold: Your Guide to the “Pending” Status in Real Estate

What does it mean when an active listing moves into the pending phase? This article will break down the details about pending home sales and how they differ from other listing labels.

Can You Negotiate Your Mortgage Rate?

Knowing which costs are negotiable and which are firm, as well as how and when to negotiate those costs, can help you save on your mortgage.

Understanding Mortgage Rates

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A Breakdown: 5 Different Types of Mortgages

Weigh your options before deciding which mortgage is right for you.

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