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 Complete Guide to 2018 Tax Deadlines

Paying your taxes late is never an option—at least not if you want to avoid penalties or putting that coveted refund in jeopardy! Unfortunately, the tax system can be a little complicated, and it’s often hard to know when to file, what to pay, and what form to use to do it. To help guide [...]

By | 2018-03-21T12:26:55+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Financial|Tags: , |

Renovate Your Home for Under $10,000

Home renovation doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, if you choose the right projects—as well as the right materials and contractors to help—it could actually add value to your home, essentially paying for itself in the long run. So where should you start? What home low-cost, under $10K reno [...]

By | 2018-03-12T17:40:25+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: DIY, Home, Maintenance|Tags: , |

Apply for a Home Loan Online: A Beginner’s Guide

The mortgage application process has traditionally been a cumbersome, time-consuming, and paperwork-heavy one—one that required lots of printing, signing, and meeting in person. But now, thanks to the online home loan, the process has become infinitely easier. Today, applying for a mortgage has the potential to be an easy, pain-free process that can be done [...]

By | 2018-03-14T11:24:41+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage|Tags: , , |

3 Practical Things You Can Do with Your Tax Refund

Though it’s tempting to spend that hefty tax refund on splurge items—shopping sprees, a vacation or even just a fancy dinner out—if you’re a homeowner, you may want to think twice. Large tax refunds can actually be a great way to lower your mortgage balance, save money on interest, and even improve the value of [...]

By | 2018-03-14T11:24:57+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , , |

Jumbo Loan vs. Conforming Loan: What’s the Difference?

If you’re new to home buying, you’ll probably notice that there are a lot of mortgage loan types to choose from. From fixed rate and adjustable rate to FHA, jumbo and conforming loans, the choices are endless—and probably more than a little confusing. To help clear the air, we’re honing in on two of the [...]

By | 2018-03-14T13:59:40+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The 2018 Home Relocation Guide

America’s a big place, and if you’re not sure where to move or what state to buy a home in, the internet can have you pretty confused about home relocation. It seems every day there’s a new “best of” list to hit the web. Whether it’s "the best places for commuters," "the best cities for [...]

By | 2018-03-07T15:22:21+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

5 Best Places for Veterans to Live

Retired military members have a lot to consider when choosing where to buy a home. Are there jobs in the area where they can transfer their military skills? Is there a VA hospital or doctor nearby? Are there programs and facilities available to help them further their education? Not every city fits the bill. Fortunately, [...]

By | 2018-03-01T16:27:53+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Veterans|Tags: , |

Renting to Own: How to Transform Rent Payments into a Mortgage

Why pay rent toward someone else’s mortgage when you could put that cash toward your own? That’s exactly the thought behind renting to own agreements, which let you rent a property, apply a portion of your rent costs toward the mortgage and, eventually, purchase the home from the landlord after the lease comes to an end. It’s [...]

By | 2018-03-01T14:40:59+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

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