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  1. Is Roofing Over Your Head?

    Falling dreams have given us all a good scare. One second you’re plummeting to earth, the next you’re in bed, heart pounding like a piston. Unfortunately, when duty calls and a roof needs repairs, inexperienced homeowners all too often turn those dreams into reality. If you feel like roofing is way over your head, Our House is here to set your shingles straight. First and foremost, we can’t stress enough that no homeowner should attempt roof repairs without the proper Read More





  2. Your perfect Father’s Day gift is…

        “What a catch! He’s at the fifteen, the ten, the five–touchdown!” The only thing better than the perfect play is watching it in the comfort of the perfect man cave. You can’t always guarantee dad’s team will win, but if you’ve got an unfinished basement and the right professional on the job, you can make sure his season of spectating goes undefeated. With some imagination and little more space, you can even turn what amounts to a languishing Read More


  3. Counter Point

    They’re always there for you. Your keys call them home at the end of a long day. The kids (accidentally) share their juice with them. Despite your best efforts, the cats call them a playground. Well, no more! It’s time you paid more attention to the unsung heroes of your home, your countertops. Show your appreciation and reinvest in the most useful spaces your home has. Birmingham’s local builders and dealers agree that three materials stand out in the construction Read More


  4. Homeowners’ Equity Reaches a New High

    Over the first quarter of 2018, the value of owners’ equity in real estate expended and hit a new high on a nominal and not seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Financial Accounts of the United States for the first quarter of 2018. This data is …


  5. Mortgage Rates Remain Higher

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that mortgage rates on purchases of newly built homes continued to climb in April and additional evidence from Freddie Mac indicates that mortgage rates more generally rose in May as well. However, ave…


  6. Tax Reform Toolkit: Understanding Changes to the Net Operating Loss Deduction

    Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect, a business’s net operating losses (NOLs) could generally be carried back two years and carried forward 20 years to offset taxable income. Tax reform, however, repealed the two-year carryback all…

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  7. Pending Home Sales Decline in April

    The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 1.3% in April, and remains 2.1% below the level one year ago, having declined on an annualized basis for the fourth straight month. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is a forward-looking indicator based on signe…

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