Crissinda Ponder Title: Senior Writer Education: University of Georgia Location: Greater Atlanta Area Expertise: Mortgages Veteran mortgage and real estate writer with a decade of experienceHas written for Bankrate, The Balance, and LendingTreeHas a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia Experience Crissinda Ponder has written hundreds of articles over the past decade, primarily on home mortgages, real estate, and insurance. In addition to writing, she is an experienced editor who develops content related to homebuying, insurance, and other personal finance topics.She served as a mortgage reporter, insurance reporter, and analyst for Bankrate.com; and as a content editor for MoneyGeek.com. Crissinda is passionate about helping Atlanta's youth develop their voice via digital and print content, and has volunteered for VOX ATL for the past four years. She is currently a senior writer with LendingTree. Education Crissinda has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a communication studies minor from the University of Georgia. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.