Wall Street Journal, by Nancy Keates As a top contractor in Silicon Valley, Dick Breaux is in a rare position: Amid a national housing slump, he continues to build big and elaborate houses. Projects have included a renovation of a 65,000-square-foot mansion and a 22,300-square-foot redo that required a crew of artisans from England, and [...]

WXYZ Channel 7 www.BirminghamRestaurantWeek.org Birmingham’s favorite dining event is back this year for two weeks. Affordable, gourmet meals will be offered at the seventh annual Birmingham Restaurant Week event from January 30 – February 3 and February 6 – 10, 2012. Participating Birmingham restaurants will offer three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30. [...]

By Bill Loomis, The Detroit News From nickel meals to elaborate dinners, Detroit’s restaurants and saloons were the hangouts of their day. Before the famous Delmonico’s restaurant opened in New York City in 1845, there were no restaurants in the United States as we know them today. There were, however, “eating houses.” Detroit had its [...]

By Emily Glazer, Wall Street Journal A new way to help boost your credit history and score: Factor in your rent. Last December, credit-reporting company Experian started including rent-payment history in its credit reports, says Brannan Johnston, vice president and managing director of Experian RentBureau, which collects updated rental histories from property-management companies. Property managers [...]

ARE YOU READY TO FACE “THAT GUY” THIS FLU SEASON? National Foundation for Infectious Diseases launches Are You That Guy? campaign to urge Americans to limit contact with others when flu symptoms strike BETHESDA, MD, January 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Have you ever ventured out of the house, gone to a business meeting or traveled [...]

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December showed a bounceback in buyer activity from a slight slowdown in September through the first half of November. Pending sales were up along with showing and website activity. With 2011 as the year the market began to move off the bottom, the focus now turns to how fast will we get “back to where [...]

Instantly the 2013 Ford Fusion became a HUGE hit at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show this year. CLICK HERE to check it out at the Ford website.