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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 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 current house, buy another home or supplement your retirement savings. If you’re wondering how you can go about building equity, check out seven easy ways to get started. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 17, 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 own. That’s why many people opt to work with a real estate agent. Just know that you don’t necessarily have to work with an agent, as there are multiple financial benefits related to selling a home on your own. If you want more hands-on guidance, it’s also possible to work with a financial advisor to see how the decision to sell your house fits into your holistic financial plan at large.  Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 30, 2019

The dream home you and your family envision moving into might not exist. In that case, you have the option of buying land and then building a house. After you have an idea of what you want your new home to look like, you’ll need to work on securing the land that you want your house to stand on. Here’s what you need to know about buying land to build a house. 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 Jul 09, 2018

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 Apr 04, 2016

If you’re trying to sell your house as quickly as possible, hosting an open house could be a great way to draw in crowds of qualified buyers. But even if you leave your home open to the public for… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

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

by Amanda Dixon Mar 22, 2016

Inflation becomes a problem when average prices rise too fast, hurting consumers, businesses and investors. Deflation can wreak havoc on an economy as well. There’s deflation when growth is slow and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 21, 2016

If you have access to $10,000 or more, you don’t want to squander it all on a bad investment. That’s why it’s important to think twice and weigh the pros and cons of going with one investment vehicle… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 09, 2018

Setting aside enough money to invest can be difficult. Financial instability can be a huge barrier to entry for aspiring investors and some investment accounts require a minimum deposit of $5,000 or… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2019

You don’t have to be wealthy to become an investor. On the contrary, there are plenty of ways to invest smaller amounts of money. The key is finding investment opportunities that don’t charge… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 25, 2017

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have healthcare coverage. Unless you don’t have to file taxes or you qualify for an exemption, you’ll likely get stuck paying a penalty called the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

When you’re buying a house, you’ll have to make the seller an offer. In order to do that, you’ll need to write a letter that explains why you’re interested in buying the home and includes details… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 14, 2016

Investing requires quite a bit of time and effort. In order to choose the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash investments for your portfolio, you’ll need to spend some time researching your options.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 24, 2019

When you save or invest your money, you expect to earn some sort of return. With deposit accounts like certificates of deposit or savings accounts, banks need a way to measure the return that you can… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 09, 2016

After a while, hitching rides with friends or waiting for public transit can get old. You may decide you want a car of your own. Cars, of course, can be expensive and looking at different makes and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 14, 2016

Investors who put their money into savings vehicles and other accounts hope to earn decent returns. Over time, interest adds up and how quickly it grows depends on the kind of interest you’re working… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 25, 2017

Buying a home is a process that requires months of planning and preparation. Even if you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s, it’s possible to hit a snag or two along the way. You might have… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Anyone who takes out a loan has to think about the cost of doing so. If you need to borrow money to finance a home purchase or a renovation, you’ll want your interest rate to be as low as possible.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 20, 2018

Paying off your student loans can be a real pain. Whether you have a standard repayment plan or you’ve signed up for an income-based repayment program, it’s best to get rid of your student debt to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 04, 2016

In the final stretch of his presidency, Obama has made it his mission to encourage states to make it easier for workers to save for retirement. Currently, there are almost 70 million Americans… Read more