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.

Can I Get a Mortgage If I’m Self Employed?

Home buying has been notoriously difficult for the self-employed. For decades, freelancers, contractors, and small business owners have had a less-than-easy time getting a mortgage, facing higher rates, a more laborious application process and, in many cases, outright denial. Fortunately, those days seem to be behind us. With the rise of the gig economy and [...]

By |2018-07-19T09:01:42+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage|Tags: , , |

Beep Beep! Crucial Car Tips for Realtors on the Go

As a Realtor, your car is one of your most important possessions. It’s what allows you to get to and from showings, closings, and open houses, and it’s how you scout out potential properties for your clients. In short: it’s vital to your job. As such, caring for that car is vital to your job, [...]

By |2018-07-17T14:28:12+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , , |

Is it Smart to Sell Your Own Home in a Hot Market?

We’re in a seller’s market for sure, but does that mean you should sell your own home without the help of a real estate agent? Probably not. While yes, going FSBO (for sale by owner) could save you that hefty agent commission, it could also cost you big time on sales price. There’s also all [...]

By |2018-07-17T12:07:57+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Home|Tags: , |

The Summer Home Maintenance Checklist You’ve Always Wanted

With longer days and better weather, summer’s a good time to tend to those long-forgotten home maintenance tasks. But, as always, time is limited — even during the relaxing summer months. What should you focus on and what are the highest priorities? Just follow this home maintenance checklist to stay on task: Change the air [...]

By |2018-07-16T10:45:14+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Maintenance|Tags: , |

Try Something New: 3 Trendy Interior Design Styles 

Looking to revitalize your home with some new décor, furniture, or just a fresh layout? Then you could probably use some inspiration when it comes to interior design styles. Fortunately, if you haven’t redecorated in the past five years or so, there’s a lot out there to pull from. Numerous new design styles have hit the [...]

By |2018-07-11T08:57:22+00:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Home|Tags: , , |

Easy Ways to Enhance Your Real Estate Listings

A great listing is the foundation for any property sale’s success — no marketing strategy, no outreach technique, and no open house event can make an impact without one. Fortunately, improving your listings and enhancing their value doesn’t have to take a whole lot of time or effort. In fact, with just a few extra [...]

By |2018-07-10T08:09:02+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

Buying a Home? There’s an App for That

Technology has made homebuying immensely easier. Not too long ago, you could only find home listings through a real estate agent. The agent would comb listings, forwarding ones they thought would fit the bill, potentially only sending the ones that meant the highest commission fee. In short, buyers had much less control over their shopping [...]

By |2018-07-09T12:06:30+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Technology|Tags: , |

5 Things Your Home Inspector Isn’t Looking for

A home inspection is designed to be pretty thorough. It covers everything from the foundation, roof, and flooring to plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. By the time it’s over, you should have a clear picture of your home’s condition. Still, a home inspector isn’t an expert in everything. And because of this, there are a [...]

By |2018-07-03T15:49:26+00:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

8 Ways to Safeguard Your Home While You’re on Vacation

Summer’s finally here, and that means days spent lounging on the beach, jet-setting to tropical locations, and hitting the road for some fun with the fam. But don’t let all the summer freedom let you forget: you’ve got a serious financial investment waiting for you back home (your house!) And if you don’t take steps [...]

By |2018-07-03T08:37:06+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Home|Tags: , , |

How to Convince an FSBO to List with You

As a real estate agent, seeing those “for sale by owner” signs has to make you cringe. Why would anyone try and sell their home without an agent? Do they really know what they’re in for? What they’re risking? In all honesty, they probably don’t. The biggest reason people choose to sell their home sans [...]

By |2018-06-29T13:03:06+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , |

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