Stephanie Colestock

Stephanie Colestock is a Washington D.C.-based finance writer who enjoys teaching others about loans, credit and debt, insurance and investing. You may come across her work on sites such as Investopedia, MSN, Credit Karma, LendingTree, Quicken, and more. She has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and is currently working toward her CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) certification.

Articles by Stephanie Colestock

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you can make, so a home inspection checklist for buyers is essential as you’re evaluating your new property. While taking photos and walking through can give you a pretty good idea of its condition, so... read more

Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, there’s no denying that buying a house is stressful. Between shopping around, viewing properties, applying for a mortgage, making offers, and working through the closing process, the homebuying... read more

You’ve reached the touring stage of buying a house: now, you’re face-to-face with what could very well be your next new home. How exciting! Here are some key things to consider when shopping for a property, many of which are often left out of onl... read more

7 Mortgage Refinance Tips

Refinancing your home mortgage may help reduce your interest rate, lower your monthly payments, move to a more stable loan product, or consolidate high-interest debt. One of the first mortgage refinance tips to follow is to familiarize yourself with ... read more

Finding the home of your dreams can be a long, drawn-out process or it may be love at first sight. But even after you’ve found the right home, your next hurdle is making an offer on a house that’ll get accepted.  Local market conditions will det... read more

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