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.

12 Places to Sell Your Stuff Online

™ Whether you’re prepping to move, doing some decluttering, or just need to generate a little extra cash, selling your unwanted belongings can help you do it. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever, too.  There’s no stopping by pawn shops or thrift stores, and you don’t need to wheel and deal at flea markets or antique [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:03:55-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: DIY|Tags: , |

Is Refinancing Your Mortgage Worth the Money?

With mortgage rates at historic lows at the time of publication, many homeowners are wondering: is it time to refinance? Though a refinance has the potential to bring about some serious benefits (a lower payment, less interest paid, a quicker pay-off timeline, for example), the truth is it's not right for everyone. It's important [...]

By |2019-09-26T10:13:55-04:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Home, Mortgage, Refinance|Tags: |

Pet-Friendly Fabrics and Flooring for Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, pets and a put-together home really can coexist — and it doesn’t mean banishing your furry friends to the yard or kennel either. All it takes is the right mix of fabrics and floorings, and your home can stay stylish, on-trend and, most importantly, safe from those scratches, odors, and [...]

By |2019-09-25T12:57:57-04:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Home|Tags: , , |

Should I Be Using Snapchat for My Real Estate Business?

In the near future, millennials and Gen Zers will make up the bulk of your clientele. In fact, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, most people planning to buy a home in the next year overwhelmingly fall into one of these two generations.  Only a mere 7% of [...]

By |2019-09-24T11:12:13-04:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , |

7 Ways to Speed Up Your Home Sale

If you’re like most home sellers, you want to minimize the time your property is on the market.  For one, showings and open houses are inconvenient. You have to leave your home at the drop of a hat, keep it clean 24-7, and let complete strangers onto your private property (and even into your [...]

By |2019-09-24T10:41:16-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Home, Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

Our 4 Favorite Printable Budget Worksheets

Managing your money can be difficult. You’ve got bills to pay, income to track, and countless other expenses you need to cover throughout the year, all while saving for retirement (and a rainy day).  Though there are apps and online budget tools that can help here, sometimes it’s just best to go back to [...]

By |2019-09-19T11:33:15-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Budget, Financial|Tags: , , |

Hurricane in the Forecast? How to Safeguard Your Home When You’re in the Path

The recent damage wrought by Dorian has hurricanes on everyone’s minds.  What if it were you? Do you know how you’d protect your home and loved ones from an oncoming storm? Studies show that homeowners are woefully underprepared for natural disasters such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes like Dorian. In fact, only a mere [...]

By |2019-09-18T10:26:20-04:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Home|Tags: , , |

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with these 8 Small Changes

Recent data shows that LEED-certified green homes are on the rise. And with the savings they offer, it’s no wonder why. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes save owners anywhere from 20 to 30% on their energy costs annually. In some places, those savings are as high as 60%. But you [...]

By |2019-09-12T10:30:15-04:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , , |