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- Master of Arts in English, North Carolina State University
Hannah Smith is a Bankrate editor specializing in personal loans. They are meticulous in their approach to ensuring users can navigate the complexities of loans with the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Prior to joining the Bankrate team, Hannah was an editor for House Method where they edited and published over 400 articles aimed at helping readers make informed decisions on home renovations and services.
Hannah currently lives in Raleigh. When they are not editing, they enjoy walking with their dog, playing tabletop games and reading.
Hannah wants you to know
Shopping around with multiple lenders is truly the key to getting the best rate for your loan. Each lender will offer different incentives, perks and rates. When I was applying for a loan to get a car, I checked with a minimum of three lenders — including a credit union — to ensure I was getting the best rate for the long term.
Hannah’s recommended readings
- Pros and cons of emergency loans
- Pros and cons of home improvement loans
- How to qualify for low-interest personal loans
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