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Taylor Freitas

Contributor, Personal Finance
  • Real estate
  • Personal finance
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California


Taylor Freitas is a Bankrate contributor with over a decade of professional journalism experience. Over her career, she has covered various topics, including personal finance, credit cards, travel rewards, home ownership, mortgages, and home improvement.

When she isn’t writing, Taylor can be found using points and miles to explore new countries (most recently, Cambodia and Vietnam), discovering new music, and cheering on her beloved USC Trojans.

Find Taylor Freitas beyond Bankrate

  • LA Weekly
  • CNET
  • ZDNet

Taylor's latest articles

  • Aerial view of illuminated cityscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

    Cost of living in Las Vegas

    Vegas is expensive, but it’s still more affordable than many other cities in the West.

    4 min read Jan 04, 2023
  • Phoenix skyline framed by saguaro cactus and mountainous desert

    Cost of living in Arizona

    Prices in the Grand Canyon State can vary wildly depending on how close you are to Phoenix.

    4 min read Dec 19, 2022
  • Heavy traffic on dual carriageway continuation of a motorway, passing residential district.

    Eminent domain: What it is, how it works

    The principle of eminent domain allows governments to take over private property for public use. It’s a complicated and often controversial topic.

    5 min read Nov 09, 2022
  • gross rent - apartment building exterior with wood detail and balconies

    What is gross rent?

    Gross rent is the total amount it costs to rent a home — but it can get complicated if the landlord is advertising a net-effective rate.

    2 min read Oct 28, 2022
  • Exterior view of modern apartment building offering luxury rental units in Silicon Valley; Sunnyvale, San Francisco bay area, California

    Net effective rent

    It’s a math trick to make your monthly rent seem lower than it is.

    2 min read Oct 26, 2022
  • Two people looking at paperwork

    What is a sub-agent?

    They deal with home buyers, but actually represent sellers. Bear that in mind if you use one.

    3 min read Sep 23, 2022