George Washington University


  • 25+ years experience as a freelance journalist covering personal finance, real estate, and business topics for The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Motley Fool, Bankrate, Investopedia, NewHomeSource, and numerous other publications
  • Author of New Home 101: Your Guide to Buying and Building a New Home and HOMEBUYING: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time
  • Winner of The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (2017), as well as numerous other awards


Making financial real estate topics comprehensible to consumers is Michele Lerner's main area of expertise. She has covered everything from saving and getting out of debt to preparing to buy a home and how to understand your credit report. While her expertise includes financial topics related to affordable housing as well as luxury housing and real estate investing, she also writes about insurance, workplace issues, estate planning, retirement, and non-financial topics such as design and architecture.


Michele received her bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University in international relations.

Quote from Michele Lerner

"My favorite type of writing educates people to help them understand their personal financial situation so they make smarter decisions. First-time buyers are a prime audience for me, but I find writing for investors equally rewarding."