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.

The Ultimate Childproofing Checklist

Whether you’ve got a little one on the way or your once immobile babe is now rolling, crawling, or taking her first steps, there’s no wrong time to start childproofing. The important thing is that you’re thorough about it. A modern home presents tons of hazards for little kids — especially ones looking to explore [...]

By |2019-03-19T08:28:20-04:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , |

7 Tips When Buying New Construction

Who doesn’t want to buy a brand new home? They’re clean, up-to-date and, many times, even fully customized to your own unique needs and preferences. But buying new construction isn’t as easy as picking a floor plan and then moving in once it’s finished. As with any real estate transaction, the process is pretty involved [...]

By |2019-03-18T10:03:21-04:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , |

7 Things About Taxes Every Freelancer Should Know

From the non-traditional schedule to the flexibility of location, freelancing certainly has its perks. When it comes time for tax season, though? It’s pretty easy to lose sight of them. Taxes for a freelancer are notoriously confusing. From the write-offs we’re eligible for to just calculating our many streams of disparate income, there are a [...]

By |2019-03-12T16:21:54-04:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Budget, Financial|Tags: , , , |

Real Estate Agent Headshots: Tips, Dos and Don’ts for Your Next Photo Shoot

Your headshots are an extremely important part of your brand as a real estate agent. They’re on the business cards you hand to prospective clients, they're plastered on billboards, park benches, and listings across the web, and they play a role in how approachable, professional, and trustworthy you look to the outside world. Want to [...]

By |2019-03-08T17:19:53-04:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , |

Buyer Must-Haves: All the Noteworthy Home Features Buyers are Eyeing in 2019

Buyer must-haves are always evolving. In the 50s, it was carports and linoleum flooring, and in the 80s it was skylights and mirrored closets. In 2019? It’s all about the laundry room. According to the National Association of Home Builders' latest home trends report, a whopping 91% of homebuyers say the laundry room is a [...]

By |2019-03-05T23:47:50-04:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

11 Smart Ways to Trim Your Utility Bills

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes sunnier weather, longer days and, for us homeowners, heftier energy bills as a result. Fortunately, sky-high energy costs don’t have to be a given. If you take a few precautionary steps now, prep your home properly, and learn some handy hacks, you can actually lower [...]

By |2019-03-01T15:34:27-04:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Home|Tags: , , |

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