About Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston. Connect with her at or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.

Our 4 Favorite Printable Budget Worksheets

Managing your money can be difficult. You’ve got bills to pay, income to track, and countless other expenses you need to cover throughout the year, all while saving for retirement (and a rainy day).  Though there are apps and online budget tools that can help here, sometimes it’s just best to go back to [...]

By |2019-09-19T11:33:15-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Budget, Financial|Tags: , , |

Hurricane in the Forecast? How to Safeguard Your Home When You’re in the Path

The recent damage wrought by Dorian has hurricanes on everyone’s minds.  What if it were you? Do you know how you’d protect your home and loved ones from an oncoming storm? Studies show that homeowners are woefully underprepared for natural disasters such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes like Dorian. In fact, only a mere [...]

By |2019-09-18T10:26:20-04:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Home|Tags: , , |

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with these 8 Small Changes

Recent data shows that LEED-certified green homes are on the rise. And with the savings they offer, it’s no wonder why. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes save owners anywhere from 20 to 30% on their energy costs annually. In some places, those savings are as high as 60%. But you [...]

By |2019-09-12T10:30:15-04:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , , |

Moving from Renter to Homeowner? 3 Ways to Make the Transition Easier

So you’re finally making the leap. You’re getting out of the rent race, buying a house, and moving onward and upward. Congrats! Buying a home is a really big deal. It usually means more space, more freedom with your design and decor decisions, and more pride in your property.  But let’s not kid ourselves: [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:43:26-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Home, Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

How Traditional Real Estate Commissions Have Changed (And What That Means for Buyers)

Though real estate agents have traditionally claimed between 2 and 3% of a home’s sale price, many of today’s pros are challenging this status quo, instead offering flat-fees, reduced commissions, and even commission rebates to homebuyers and sellers alike. The reason for this change of heart? It’s largely due to technology, which has allowed [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:34:58-04:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Education, Purchase|Tags: , |

4 Ways to Deal with Difficult Real Estate Clients

You’ll encounter all kinds of clients as a real estate agent. Sometimes, you’ll get the friendliest, most agreeable buyer on the planet. In other instances, you might get someone a little less fun to work with. While you can obviously choose to part ways with a troublesome client (unless you already have a contract [...]

By |2019-09-04T10:43:29-04:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , |

Building a Home Gym without Breaking the Bank

Getting fit doesn’t have to mean shelling out thousands on Bowflex machines, Pelotons, or fancy treadmills. In fact, all it takes is a few hundred bucks, a little creativity, and an empty room, and you’ll be on your way to that six-pack in no time. Want to build your own home gym without busting [...]

By |2019-08-29T10:44:45-04:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Home|Tags: , |