Mortgage Interest Deduction

The Constitution was amended in 1913 to include the sixteenth amendment, enabling Congress to levy a tax on incomes from any source. Certain tax rules were first put in place that enabled the deduction of expenses, namely interest on debt payments. Herein lies the birth of the present day mortgage interest deduction to the IRS […]

Fixing to Stay Put

Fixing to Stay Put

Out of economic necessity or personal preference, Americans increasingly choose to stay in their homes for retirement. The neighborhood may be ideal, equipped with public transit, shops, and a stable, congenial population. Relatives may live nearby, including the next generation of grandchildren. A circle of friends may provide an active social life and support system. […]

The Pantry

The Pantry

Located off the back of the house, down a narrow stair in the basement, or tucked into a corner of the kitchen, the pantry is more than a storage closet. Stocked with food staples and household supplies, it represents forethought, stability, and a kind of practical wisdom. Surveying the shelves bowed under the weight of […]