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Heather van der Hoop

Expertise: Personal Finance, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages
Title: Editor
Education: Princeton University
Location: Kimberley, British Columbia


  • Edits articles for The Balance on mortgages, credit cards, budgeting, insurance, and general personal finance
  • Started editing and writing articles about personal finance in 2014
  • Has edited thousands of personal finance articles for The Balance, The Penny Hoarder, and NerdWallet


Heather van der Hoop (she/her) has been editing for The Balance since 2020, covering topics ranging from insurance to mortgages to credit cards. Since she started working on personal finance content in 2014, she has edited thousands of articles on everything from what happens to debt when you die to the intricacies of down-payment assistance programs. Her work has appeared on The Penny Hoarder, NerdWallet, The Write Life, and more.

With over a decade of editing experience, Heather focuses on helping writers communicate their ideas clearly and concisely.


Heather has a bachelor of arts in psychology and a certificate in neuroscience from Princeton University.

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