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Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward is a personal finance writer who regularly covers topics like mortgages, real estate, and investing.

About Lauren Ward

Current Role

Personal finance writer


  • Mortgages
  • Real Estate
  • Investing
  • Credit
  • Debt
  • Small Businesses


  • Bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Georgetown University

Personal Finance Experience

Lauren Ward is a personal finance expert who has covered a variety of topics over the last 10 years. She regularly writes for financial institutions, fintech platforms, and online publications to help audiences understand smart money moves for their situation.

Prior to becoming a finance writer, Lauren worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She began her career in nonprofit fundraising in Washington, DC. Today, she lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids.

Latest from Lauren Ward

Can You Refinance a Reverse Mortgage?

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Does the Reason for Your Personal Loan Matter?

When you take out a personal loan, the lender will typically ask you how you...

Personal Loans With No Prepayment Penalty

Loan prepayment is when a borrower pays off an installment loan ahead of the schedule set by the lender. Some lenders charge a...

Signature Personal Loans

A signature loan is an unsecured personal loan, meaning no collateral is required, only your John Hancock (plus a strong income and credit...

Best Hardship Personal Loans

Hardship personal loans are designed to help individuals get through a tough financial period. In some cases, you may need a cash infusion...

Personal Loans for People on Disability

A personal loan allows eligible individuals to borrow a lump sum based on their income and credit history. Disability income counts as one...

How to Get a $35,000 Personal Loan

Personal loans can come from online lenders, banks, and credit unions. To qualify for a personal loan, you often need a steady source...

Can You Pay Off a HELOC During the Draw Period?

The first phase of your HELOC is the draw period, during which you can borrow...

Fix-and-Flip Loans for Bad Credit

The rise in house flipping for profit is expected to continue over the next few years. One firm estimates 24 million homes are...

Fairway Independent Mortgage Company Reverse Mortgage Review

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation was founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson. Its mission is to...