Shoprate Editorial staff

Francine Huff

Francine L. Huff is a freelance journalist and the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows.

Joe Taylor

Author Joe Taylor Jr. researched America's biggest mortgage lenders hands-on, by taking a job inside the home loan industry. As a corporate trainer, Joe developed front line service strategies for some of the country's most prominent banks. He taught lending consultants how to explain the complex home loan process, while learning the secrets of finding the best refinancing deals from experienced underwriters. Today, Joe puts the current mortgage market into context by separating facts from hype in his columns and feature articles on ShopRate.com.

Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson is a freelance writer with extensive background in mortgage banking. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada,Reno.

Liz Freeman

Liz Freeman is the primary spokesperson and finance expert for Shoprate. She has over a decade of experience in mortgage lending and writes for several mortgage publications, including Mortgage News Daily. Liz is trained and certified on Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter computer-based underwriting system. She graduated with High Distinction from the University of Nevada with a degree in Financial Management and minors in accounting and economics.

Michele Lerner

Michele Lerner, author of "HOMEBUYING: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time," has been writing about personal finance and real estate for more than two decades for a variety of publications and websites including Investopedia, Insurance.com, HSH.com, Shoprate.com. SavingsAccount.com, National Real Estate Investor magazine, The Washington Times, Urban Land magazine, NAREIT's REIT magazine and numerous Realtor associations.

Peter Andrew

Peter Andrew has over 25 years of experience writing about marketing, advertising and management. He regularly covers consumer credit card topics for IndexCreditCards.com and other personal finance publications including Fox Business, TheStreet and MSN Money. He also writes frequently about mortgages and auto loans. Peter has spent extended periods living overseas, in the UK, France and Africa. He lives with his partner of 20+ years, and wastes too much of his time on cryptic crosswords.

Scott Van Voorhis

Scott Van Voorhis is a veteran business freelance writer who specializes in both online and print journalism and corporate writing. His background includes more than 12 years covering everything from real estate development to financial services. Scott has an undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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