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.

How to Host an Effective First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

Hosting a seminar for first-time homebuyers can be a great way to establish yourself as a knowledgeable local real estate pro, as well as drum up leads and new clients. Best of all? Those clients come with serious potential. Only on their first home purchase, there’s ample room to educate, impress, and make an impact, [...]

By |2019-05-22T10:45:40-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

Gen Z: Use These Savings Tips to Buy a Home Sooner

It appears that Generation Zers are looking to fast-track their homeownership goals. According to a recent study, nearly 60% of 18 to 23 year-olds want to buy a home in the next five years. And another 52%? They’ve already started saving up for it. Are you one of these go-get-em Gen Zers with dreams of [...]

By |2019-05-21T09:22:31-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , |

5 Household Cleaning Products That Are a Total Waste of Money

If you’re looking to save up for a house or just cut back on spending, then reducing your expenditures is key. A great place to start? That’d be your cleaning products. Household cleaning products can really add up fast — especially if you’re using brand-name products or items designed for one or two specific uses. [...]

By |2019-05-20T09:50:53-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: |

Prepping Your Backyard for a Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to host a festive backyard barbecue, now is the time to start preparing. Not only will starting early ensure your guests are well-fed and entertained, but it can help minimize stress, ease clean-up, and make the entire event more successful on the whole. Are you planning [...]

By |2019-05-16T10:23:54-04:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home|

What’s the Difference Between an Interest Rate and APR?

If you’ve started looking into your mortgage options, you’ve probably encountered the terms “APR” and “interest rate” somewhere along the way. You might have even noticed that APRs are always slightly higher. Why is this? And which one should you be looking at when shopping for your mortgage? Let’s break it down. APRs and Interest [...]

By |2019-05-15T08:56:20-04:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Mortgage|Tags: , |

How Real Estate Agents Can Generate Quality Leads from Instagram

There are few industries as perfectly suited to Instagram as real estate. Photos of killer interior design ideas and luxury decor? Yes, please. Pictures of amazing architecture and high-tech amenities? You bet.  These are all visuals that aren’t just attractive — they’re downright universal, and they're a great way to drum up leads, convert new [...]

By |2019-05-14T11:51:19-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

5 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacay (And Still Save for that House!)

Just because you’re saving up to buy a house doesn’t mean you have to scrimp and penny-pinch at every turn. Even more importantly? It doesn’t mean skipping that much-needed summer vacation either. If you’re looking to buy a house but still need a little R&R this season, there are plenty of ways to travel on [...]

By |2019-05-13T12:19:25-04:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Budget|Tags: , , , |

Should You Consider Refinancing Your Mortgage? Read This To Find Out

With mortgage rates dropping in the first quarter of the year, the number of homeowners refinancing has steadily climbed. And it’s no wonder why. Refinancing your mortgage can come with serious benefits. From lower interest rates and reduced monthly payments to faster repayment periods and access to quick cash, the advantages are many if the [...]

By |2019-05-09T09:07:02-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Mortgage, Refinance|Tags: , |

Want to Stop the Scroll? Use These Tips to Stage for Better Listing Photos

Hiring a professional photographer is a great first step to securing eye-catching listing photos, but at the end of the day, photographers can only work with what you give them. The true key to jaw-dropping listing photography? That lies in the staging. Want to make sure your listing photos stand out from the pack? Then [...]

By |2019-05-07T10:09:47-04:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

8 Clever Ways to Add Storage — Even in Small Spaces

There’s nothing worse than having too little storage space. Not only does it mean messy, cramped, and cluttered living quarters, but it also may force you to purge some items you weren’t quite ready to part with. Fortunately, storage space isn’t hard to hack — even in the smallest of spaces. Are you struggling with [...]

By |2019-05-06T10:47:32-04:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , |

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