Dawn Allcot Expertise: Insurance, Credit Cards, Debt Relief, Taxes Title: Writer Education: Long Island University, Southampton Highlights Over 20 years of experience writing on insurance, finance, credit cards, real estate, and technologyHas contributed to Forbes, MSN, The Balance, Bankrate, The Points Guy, Lending Tree, MagnifyMoney, and Mint.comOwns Allcot Media, a content and editorial services company in Long Island, New York Experience Dawn Allcot has over 20 years of experience writing on insurance, finance, credit cards, real estate, and technology. Her work has been published by industry-leading outlets, including Forbes and MSN. Active in the Long Island business community, she's served as a marketing consultant for The DBL Center, a wholesale general insurance agency, and has consulted for firms such as GerberLife and Allstate. Dawn excels at doing in-depth research to help consumers make the best financial decisions.In addition to her work with The Balance, Dawn is a regular contributor to commercial real estate portal LoopNET and other real estate investment websites. She has also covered mortgages, savings, and loans for the award-winning Chase News & Stories portal, as well as American Express. Her insights have been featured on sites like Bankrate, The Points Guy, Lending Tree, MagnifyMoney, and Mint.com. When she’s not sharing financial tips, she runs Geek Travel Guide, a travel and technology website, and loves bicycling with her family.The Balance Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission Education Dawn studied writing at Long Island University, SouthamptonOther WorkWhat Are the Tax Implications of Crowdfunded Real Estate Investing?Are Your Clients Ready for Tax Time?Four Homeowners Insurance Endorsements that Could Be a Waste of Money About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.