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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 Feb 02, 2017

Back in the day, if you needed a personal loan to start a business or finance a wedding you had to go through a bank. But in recent years, a new option has appeared and transformed the lending industry. Peer-to-peer lending makes it easy for consumers to secure financing and gives investors another type of asset to add to their portfolios. If you’re interested in investing in something other than stocks, bonds or real estate, check out our guide to becoming an investor in peer-to-peer loans. Read more

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 May 11, 2016

Picking the right business partner is crucial. If you choose the wrong person, your company could fail before it’s had a chance to take off. On the other hand, if you can find someone who’s experienced and who shares your values and goals, there’s no telling what you two can achieve. Check out 10 qualities to look for when searching for a business partner. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 10, 2016

Electricity isn’t something that most of us can do without. And depending on where you live, the price you pay to have working lights can be quite high. As you watch your electric bill become more… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 16, 2016

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start mapping out everything you want to do while the weather is warm. Whether you’re planning to host a Fourth of July cookout or you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 05, 2016

If you’re a homeowner and you’ve begun the process of paying off your mortgage, you’re dealing with something called mortgage amortization, even if you haven’t realized it. Amortization is the act of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 05, 2016

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 Jul 11, 2017

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 Aug 14, 2017

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 Sep 26, 2016

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 Oct 17, 2017

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 Apr 25, 2016

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 Jul 11, 2017

Qualifying for a mortgage isn’t easy. Some lenders have strict requirements and weed out applicants with poor credit or too much debt. If you’re determined to buy a house, you can always ask a seller… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 21, 2016

Unpaid internships get a bad rap, but legitimate unpaid opportunities that provide college credit can sometimes be as helpful to students as paid internships. Even if they’re happy to make… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2016

Many New Yorkers spend the majority of their salaries on rent. So whether you’re planning to move to the Big Apple or you’ve lived in the city for quite some time, having access to affordable housing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 19, 2016

When it comes time to make an offer on a house, a buyer might not be comfortable purchasing a home unless certain conditions are met. When the fate of an offer depends on whether a buyer or seller… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 28, 2017

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 Jan 12, 2018

The dream home you and your family envision moving into might not exist. If that’s your dilemma, you have the option of having your house built from scratch. After you have an idea of what you want… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 09, 2017

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 Apr 07, 2016

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