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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 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. Whether you’re actively searching for a rent-stabilized place or you’re interested in learning more about rent control laws, read on as we break down how rent control works. 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 whether you need to spend the money on legal fees to have a real estate lawyer. Having an experienced attorney within reach can keep you from unintentionally breaking a law or doing something that could delay your real estate closing. If you’re not sure what real estate lawyers do, we’ll fill you in. 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 weeks at a time, it might take months for someone to make you an offer. To avoid wasting your time and your money, check out some tips that’ll help you attract homebuyers to your next open house. 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 May 18, 2018

Perhaps you bought a house thinking you would live there forever, but you’ve recently decided that it’s time to move on. Maybe your family has outgrown your tiny home. Or maybe you’re nearing… 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 Sep 05, 2018

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

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2016

Inflation is usually a hot topic. It’s something that the United States Federal Reserve monitors when trying to decide whether to hike the federal funds rate. Plus, it affects everything from… 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 May 01, 2018

When you invest your money, you expect to reap some sort of reward. The saying goes that the greater the risk, the greater the reward. That’s sometimes true. For example, buying stocks, while risky,… 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

by Amanda Dixon Mar 01, 2016

In addition to your W-2 form, you might need access to other documents in order to complete your income tax return. If you have health insurance, for example, you may need a copy of Form 1095-B.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Since 2013, Americans have been able to sign up for health insurance through the government’s health insurance Marketplace. Almost everyone who has opted to purchase medical insurance through the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 09, 2018

If you want to break up with your bank, it’s a good idea to pump your breaks before moving over to a credit union. While it’s true that credit unions rival banks by charging fewer fees and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

Millennials probably can’t imagine banking without their computers or cell phones. Members of older generations, however, might recall a time when they had to visit a branch to access their accounts.… Read more