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Amanda Dixon

Banking and Tax Expert

Amanda Dixon is a personal finance writer and editor with an expertise in taxes and banking. She studied journalism and sociology at the University of Georgia. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, AOL, Bankrate, The Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Mashable and CBS News. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn.

Posts by Amanda Dixon:

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2017

Buying plane tickets can be hectic, particularly if you’re on a tight budget. Booking a flight eight months in advance might not be possible. So you might have to go the distance to find a cheap ticket, and that might involve setting up multiple alerts or downloading apps that’ll notify you when there’s a can’t-miss flight deal. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2022

Picking the right business partner is crucial. If you choose the wrong person, your journey as a business owner could be much more difficult than it needs to be. On the other hand, if you can find someone who’s experienced and shares your values and goals, there’s no telling what you can achieve. As with any major life decision, do some serious thinking before you make any final business moves. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2022

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average monthly residential electric bill for Americans was $117.46 in 2020, up from $115 in 2019. However, several factors such as location and home size will affect the price of your electric bills. We’ll tell you all you need to know about the average cost of your electric bills. If you’re looking for ways to save to reach your financial goals, a financial advisor can guide you through every aspect of your financial life. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

If you’re a homeowner and you’ve begun the process of paying off your mortgage, you’re dealing with something called mortgage amortization. Amortization is the act of eliminating debt by making… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

The sad thing about cars is that like boats and diamond rings, they’re depreciating assets. As soon as you drive yours off the lot, it immediately begins losing value. Some people are lucky enough to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Homeowners who have enough equity in their homes can take on second mortgages. Getting a second mortgage can be beneficial to someone who might need to use the money to pay off outstanding debts or… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2016

College costs are on the rise. When calculating the cost of college, it makes sense to include the cost of tuition, books, fees, meals, transportation and room and board. But what you might not… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 31, 2019

There’s nothing like falling in love and finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. But when it’s time to shop for rings, it’s easy to get discouraged by the price tags. Just… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

These days, it can take a long time to pay off a car loan. On average, car loans come with terms lasting for more than five years. Paying down a car loan isn’t that different from paying down a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 02, 2016

We all know it’s important to save money. Saving for retirement and socking away cash for emergencies often involves making sacrifices. The money that you would have spent on a trip to Uruguay or on… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 26, 2016

There are many reasons a home won’t sell. There could be too many sellers in an area and too few people looking to buy houses. Or there could be an issue with the home that needs to be fixed. In some… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2022

Whether you can’t afford to buy a house right now or you prefer renting to buying, you probably don’t want to spend the majority of your paycheck on rent. Avoiding high rental rates can seem nearly… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 08, 2022

Your net worth is one indication of your financial well-being. It’s the value of your assets after subtracting your liabilities. While you might know what your favorite celebrity is worth, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 17, 2019

Ready to buy a house? You might not be comfortable purchasing a home unless certain conditions are met. Maybe you want to wait for the results of a home inspection, or perhaps you need to finalize… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 12, 2022

As a homebuyer, you don’t want anything to jeopardize your chances of closing on the home you’ve selected. Many folks can’t buy homes without applying for a mortgage, and if you need one, it’s… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 20, 2016

Building home equity is important. It’s your financial stake in your house and since it’s considered an asset, you can use your home equity to finance your kid’s college education, remodel your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 21, 2019

Choosing to sell a home can feel like a monumental decision, but millions of Americans do it every year. Because houses are so valuable, of course, it can be tough to go through the process on your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 31, 2022

If your dream home doesn’t have nearby neighbors, you probably need to buy land, on which you’ll build a house. Once you’ve found the perfect patch, you’ll need to work on securing the land. Many… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Living outside of the country can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. But it doesn’t automatically exempt you from paying taxes, even if you haven’t set foot on U.S. soil for months. Filing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 08, 2016

Cash is a must-have if you’re trying to buy a house. And while most Americans need to take out a mortgage loan, some folks can afford to pay for their houses outright. These all-cash buyers might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

If multiple buyers are interested in buying your home, you’re probably feeling pretty good about yourself. All of the hard work you put into cleaning and renovating your house has finally paid off.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 06, 2016

To some people, rent-controlled housing is considered either an urban myth or a remnant of the past. While these gems can be hard to come by, they still exist in a handful of U.S. communities.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2021

In certain states, you can’t buy or sell a house unless a real estate lawyer is present. So unless you live in a place like Georgia, Vermont, Kentucky or Maine, for example, you might be wondering… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 25, 2022

Renting out your house might be worth considering, especially if you’re ready to relocate and you’re opposed to selling. Picking up a tenant could help you pay off your mortgage more quickly. Then,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 14, 2017

Industry standards say that homebuyers should expect to make at least a 20% down payment. In reality, however, not everyone can afford to do that. Down payment assistance plans and mortgages with… Read more