Jeanne Lee

Jeanne Lee writes about mortgages and personal finance topics and enjoys helping people hack their finances. Her work has appeared in Fortune, Money, USA Today, and other outlets.

Articles by Jeanne Lee

When you make an offer on a home or take out a mortgage, you might need an escrow account to set aside money for certain payments and ongoing costs. But what is escrow in real estate and how exactly does it work? Escrow is an essential part of buyin... read more

Hazard insurance protects a homeowner against damage to their dwelling or building caused by certain disasters, severe weather, or crime. Covered perils include fires, hail, snowstorms, lightning, or falling trees. The coverage also includes human-c... read more

How to Refinance a HELOC

If you have a home equity line of credit (HELOC), it may be possible to refinance the loan if needed. Depending on your financial situation, refinancing may give you more time to repay the loan or help you get better terms, such as a lower monthly p... read more

As a homebuyer, you get the deed upon closing, but your ownership rights may not be watertight without the protection of a title insurance policy. Suppose you later discover that the seller wasn’t the true owner. Or, someone sues you saying they h... read more

Buying a new home is exciting, but the wait to get the keys to your new abode can be a lengthy one. So, just how long does it take to close on a house? The homebuying process can easily take a month or longer when you’re financing a home purch... read more

Think the trusty fixed-rate mortgage is your only option as a homebuyer? Far from it. When you get a mortgage, you can choose between a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage. While the traditional fixed-rate mortgage offers simplicity and stabilit... read more

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