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.

Protect Your Identity During an Open House

Open houses are popular marketing tactics for real estate agents. Not only can they help get your home noticed, but they also offer agents a chance to network with other buyers and sellers that might be on the market. Unfortunately, open houses are also an intrusion. They allow strangers into your home — typically [...]

By |2019-07-18T08:32:19-04:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , , , |

7 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Get More Professional Referrals

Referrals hold serious value for real estate agents. In fact, for some agents, referrals might even be their bread and butter — the main way they attract, find, and close business. A new report proves as much, showing that 17 percent of agents earn anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 annually thanks to other agents’ [...]

By |2019-07-16T09:38:53-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , |

Real Estate Investing Basics: How to Start Building Your Portfolio

There’s money to be made in real estate — and many of our country’s most successful leaders and influencers are the proof. If you’re hoping to join their ranks, then you’re not alone. As billionaire Andrew Carnegie once put it, “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been [...]

By |2019-06-21T08:32:08-04:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Education, Purchase|Tags: , , |

8 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Real Estate Niche

Focusing on a specific niche of real estate can be a great career-booster. It can make it easier to find clients, help maximize your earnings, and make your entire job easier on the whole (you only need to know one part of the market!) But determining your niche? That’s not always easy. There are dozens [...]

By |2019-06-21T08:30:32-04:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

10 of the Best Personal Finance Podcasts

Podcasts are the perfect mix of media. It’s like listening to music and reading a book all at the same time — and the best part? You can enjoy them anytime, anywhere. Blare one on your commute into work, plug one in on your morning run, or listen as you’re cooking dinner, showering, or just [...]

By |2019-06-20T13:51:58-04:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Budget, Education, Financial, Mortgage|Tags: , , , , |

What Does it Mean When a Home is Under Contract?

If you’ve been actively searching for a home, then you’ve probably seen the term “under contract” or “pending” on a listing before. But what does it mean? And does it rule the home out completely? That depends. Generally, “under contract” means another buyer has put an offer on the home, and the seller has accepted. [...]

By |2019-07-01T14:29:38-04:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , |

Facebook Ads for Real Estate Agents: A Primer

Facebook ads can be an excellent way for real estate agents to expand their reach and bring in more potential leads. With its highly detailed targeting capabilities, advertising on the social platform lets you specify exactly who sees your ads (and where they’re located). You can also share ads across both Facebook and Instagram, even [...]

By |2019-06-19T13:56:11-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , , |

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