Shannon Serpette

Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois Wesleyan University before beginning her 20-year career in newspapers. When she’s not spending time with her children, she is often pursuing her favorite hobbies—running, metal detecting, kayaking, and reading about personal finance.

Articles by Shannon Serpette:

21
Jan
LGBTQ Scholarships

Looking for LGBTQ scholarships that will make college more financially feasible? There are a number of scholarships specifically geared toward LGBTQ students, so we’ve rounded up some great options to pursue.

Posted in: Scholarships,
Tags: scholarships by trait,
20
Jan
OppLoans Review: Payday Loan Alternative for Borrowers With Bad Credit

If you need a small personal loan but don’t have the best credit history, OppLoans can be an option to consider. If you manage this installment loan responsibly, it can help you improve your credit score.

Posted in: Personal Loans,
Tags: loan review, ptype_review,
09
Jan
CashCall Mortgage Review

CashCall Mortgage offers low-interest home loans, including conventional, VA, and FHA loans, but doesn’t offer staples like adjustable-rate mortgages and jumbo loans. It may be a good choice for those who don’t have the cash to pay closing costs.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reviews,
Tags: ptype_review,
09
Jan
Is There a Mortgage Insurance Premium Deduction for 2019 Taxes?

While you may have received a mortgage insurance premium tax break in the past, you won’t be able to get one when you file your 2019 taxes. It is one of the tax benefits that vanished under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Posted in: Mortgages, Taxes,
08
Jan
MPOWER Financing Review

MPOWER Financing offers student loans to international students. MPOWER doesn’t require a credit score and instead uses other criteria for loan approval.

Posted in: Student Loans,
Tags: loan review, ptype_review,
08
Jan
Hometap Review: How a Hometap Investment Works

Hometap can help you access your home equity to fund your dream, whether it's paying off debt, going back to school, or starting a business.

Posted in: Home Equity, Reviews (2),
Tags: product review, ptype_review,
08
Jan
Oscar Health Insurance Review

If you’re seeking private health insurance but are interested in a newer face in the industry that makes use of technology, you might want to consider Oscar Health Insurance. It uses intuitive apps that make finding a doctor easier and less time-consuming.

Posted in: Insurance,
Tags: product review, ptype_review,
07
Jan
GEICO Renters Insurance Review

While GEICO is an established company you can trust, you’ll need to know exactly what your policy entails and how much it will set you back before you can decide whether a GEICO renters insurance policy is right for you.

Posted in: Insurance,
Tags: insurance-widget, product review, ptype_review,
06
Jan
Allstate Home Insurance Review

Allstate Insurance Company offers a full line of insurance coverage for homes, autos, boats, life, and add-on policies. They are one of the bigger companies in the insurance industry. Customers who bundle their home insurance policy with an Allstate auto insurance policy or other coverages will get the best rates.

Posted in: Insurance,
Tags: product review, ptype_review,
06
Jan
Regions Mortgage Review

A Regions mortgage might be a good option for a first-time homebuyer without much cash saved. Be prepared to do some digging, though, to find loan rates, because that information isn’t available online.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reviews,
Tags: ptype_review,