Crissinda Ponder

Managing Editor

  • Expertise: Mortgages, homebuying, housing market, personal finance
  • Education: University of Georgia


Crissinda Ponder is the mortgage managing editor at LendingTree, where she develops and maintains a range of content related to residential mortgage lending and the homebuying process. Prior to her current role, she served as a senior mortgage writer at LendingTree.

Her background includes serving as a content editor — focused on personal finance and higher education content — with ABUV Media (,, and as both a mortgage reporter/analyst and insurance reporter/analyst for She has also served as a contributing writer for, producing content for the site’s mortgage, insurance and savings verticals.

Crissinda earned her B.A. degree in journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Articles by Crissinda Ponder

Nearly a Third of Home Sellers Admit to Hidden Camera Use During Showings

Homebuyers have been facing fierce competition and rising prices in many housing markets across the country, and that can make getting to the closing table... read more

How Much are Home Equity Loan Closing Costs?

Home equity loan closing costs can range from 2% to 5% of your loan amount. A home equity loan allows you to borrow a lump... read more

What is FHA Mortgage Insurance and How Much Does It Cost?

FHA loans are backed by the Federal Housing Administration, a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Because FHA-approved lenders take... read more

Using a Home Equity Loan for Debt Consolidation

Borrowing against the equity you’ve built in your home is a major financial decision that includes a few risks, especially if you’re considering a home... read more

LendingTree Survey: More Than 1 in 4 Moms Have Homebuyer’s Remorse

We’re in the midst of the spring homebuying season, and many families might be ready to clean house and upgrade, according to a new LendingTree... read more

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