Becca Stanek

Becca Stanek has worked as an editor and writer in the personal finance space since 2017. She previously served as the managing editor for investing and savings at LendingTree and as an editor at SmartAsset focused on financial advisor content. Prior to that, she was a staff writer on The Week where she covered news and politics. Becca is based in Valatie, New York, and is currently freelancing while she earns her MFA in creative writing from Queens University in Charlotte.

Articles by Becca Stanek

How much should you put down on a house? The answer depends on your monthly budget, available savings, and overall financial situation. You’ll also need to meet the minimum mortgage down payment requirement for the loan you’re applying for. Sav... read more

Homebuyers in today’s real estate market are likely to face bidding wars. With more buyers out there than homes, most property listings receive multiple offers — and many of those offers are in cash or significantly above asking price.  Com... read more

If you’re looking for a way to fund a down payment, using 401(k) withdrawals for a home purchase is an option. Additionally, you could opt for a 401(k) loan for a home purchase. However, cashing out a 401(k) to buy a house comes with significant c... read more

When it comes to how to sell and buy a house at the same time, what’s critical is getting the timing right. If you can’t, you may end up with two mortgages — one for your new home and one for the current home you’re trying to sell. Plus,... read more

Buying a house with cash is out of reach for many homebuyers. But if you recently sold a home, inherited money, or made some successful investments, you might have the cash to do so. Cash buyers for a home don’t have to get a mortgage, so they sav... read more

Homebuyers, especially first-timers, often wonder if they need a Realtor to buy a house. Using a real estate agent isn’t required, but novice homebuyers can benefit from having an experienced professional guide them through the process. If you’ve... read more

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