Tara Mastroeni, realtor.com

Tara Mastroeni


Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Past articles by Tara:

Why Do Homebuyers and Sellers Rarely Meet? Here’s What Can Go Wrong

Homebuyers meeting home sellers is usually discouraged in real estate. Here's why, and what you need to know before you try for this risky encounter. → Read More

A zero-coupon bond is a discounted investment that can help you save for a specific future goal

A zero-coupon bond doesn't pay periodic interest, but instead sells at a deep discount, paying its full face value at maturity. → Read More

I thought refinancing my home could save me money, but after doing the math I found it wasn't worth it after all

Refinancing your mortgage only makes sense if it will save you money month to month and you plan to live in your house for several more years. → Read More

How to buy treasury bonds, one of the safest ways to invest for income

Treasury bonds, notes, and bills are prized by income-seeking investors because they are low-risk and highly liquid. Here's how to buy them. → Read More

REITs are a way to own real estate without becoming a landlord — here's how they work, how to invest, and the different kinds to invest in

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are public companies that own, operate, or finance properties. How to invest in these income-oriented vehicles. → Read More

My credit score dropped 11 points when I bought a house, but I'm confident the mortgage will actually boost my credit in the long run

Even though my credit score dipped in the short term, having a mortgage will improve credit mix and could ultimately get me a higher credit score. → Read More

'I Thought I'd Bought a Home, Then the Coronavirus Hit'

Buying a home had always been part of my plan, and in February I made an offer on a condo. Then the coronavirus came and threw everything for a loop. → Read More

I'm making 3 changes to my spending that are just strict enough to protect me if I lose my income to the coronavirus

As a full-time freelancer, her income isn't guaranteed. So she's taken a few steps to manage her money and bulk up her savings. → Read More

5 Tips For Moving Out Safely During The Coronavirus Pandemic—If You Must

It is possible to move in the midst of coronavirus. → Read More

How a 403(b) is different from a 401(k) retirement plan

Here’s what you need to know when choosing between a 401(k) and 403(b). → Read More

My 4-part strategy helped me save thousands for a house, and it totally ignores conventional advice

Automating your savings isn't easy as a freelancer, but using this four-part strategy makes saving for a down payment simple. → Read More

5 Home Selling Etiquette Rules Every Seller Should Know

Every seller needs to know these rules. → Read More

I earned over $500 in interest last year by keeping my down payment money in a high-yield savings account

Before, I was earning about 14 cents a month on my savings. In my new high-yield savings account, I earn at least $50 each month. → Read More

What Is a Right of First Refusal in Real Estate? Getting First Dibs on Making an Offer

Whether you're buying or selling a house, you might be reading over an offer and asking, "What is a right of first refusal?" We have the answers. → Read More

Tons of millennials are refinancing their mortgages, and there are 4 reasons you might want to do the same

Over the past year, the Fed has lowered interest rates three times, a move that has inspired a mortgage-refinancing boom among millennials. → Read More

5 signs you're ready to buy an investment property

We asked industry experts to share how they know when someone is ready to buy an investment property. → Read More

A smart piece of advice from my financial adviser totally changed how I look at my retirement savings

"The one thing you don't want to do is treat your retirement accounts like an emergency fund," she told me. And now I'm resolved never to do it. → Read More

Building an emergency fund is the best thing I've done to recession-proof my finances

She's putting away at least three months of expenses to protect herself in the event of another recession. → Read More

I spent years ignoring my money after the shock of the Great Recession, but now I wish I could tell my younger self 6 lessons I've learned since

I just turned 30 and I can say the way I handled money in my early 20s caused a lot of unnecessary financial anxiety and led to missed opportunities. → Read More

5 lessons I learned from 'You Are a Badass at Making Money' that anyone can apply to their finances

In her second book, author Jen Sincero shares her journey from freelance writer living in a converted garage to New York Times-bestselling author. → Read More