Financial Planning For Unmarried Domestic Partners

How times have changed. Less than 22 percent of American households are composed of married couples with dependent children, according to the latest U.S. Census. That number has dropped significantly: In 1970, 40 percent of households fit in that category.(1) Meanwhile, over the past 40...

Waltzing Through The Recession

TRAVERSE CITY - A historic structure on Division Street is set to become the new home of Kitchen Choreography, with a grand opening slated for September. Owners Michael and Angela Goodall purchased the home at auction last fall, with plans to invest more than $300,000...

What Are Unions Fighting For Today?

I want to respect labor unions. I want to feel pride, as a native of Dearborn, Mich., that I hail from a place where brave workers fought to pave the way for a better quality of life for generations to come. My pride, however,...

Tourism Update

Last month at the Governor's Conference on Tourism, Michigan's tourism industry received great news about the impact of the state's popular and award-winning Pure Michigan campaign: In 2011, it drew 3.2 million new visitors to Michigan - visitors who generated $1 billion in spending and...

Residential Real Estate

The real estate market in the greater Grand Traverse area continues to show strength overall, especially considering what the state of Michigan has gone through in the last six years. I'm fortunate enough to have a job that involves supporting full-time Realtors and their careers...

What Lenders Expect in a Financial Settlement

Though there are signs of an economic upturn, obtaining business credit is still a difficult endeavor. Financial institutions continue to exercise caution and are particularly cautious when analyzing loans for businesses in certain industry sectors. Construction is one of them. Consequently, lenders are requesting a...

Your Home as a Tool for Your Business/Career

Can you say your business or your career has been enhanced or improved by investing in further education? Never stop learning, right? When we travel, attend an incredible performance or enjoy a meal with loved ones, our paradigms can be challenged, our set points or...

Easy Solutions for Home Design Problems

Small SpaceMany people make the mistake of thinking that smaller rooms require lighter paint colors to brighten them up. Actually, it's just the opposite. As strange as it may sound, smaller spaces appear larger when painted a darker color. Darker colors hide ceiling lines and...

Uncommon Elements in Condo Ownership

What happens when a condominium project is left in an incomplete stage of development? What effect does it have upon those who have already purchased a condominium?These questions have become far more common since the economic downturn. While this article cannot address all such consequences,...

Michigan’s Dormant Minerals Act

The translated Latin subtitle reads "ignorance of the law is no excuse." This legal maxim rings especially true for owners of severed oil and gas mineral interests in the context of Michigan's Dormant Minerals Act. The Act provides for the loss or abandonment...