Putting a Pinch on Porch Pirates

Doorbell cameras, security systems help homeowners and police identify suspects The first patent for a home security system was filed in 1966 by a nurse from Queens, New York. Marie Van Britton Brown’s system, developed with the help of her electronics technician husband, Albert, monitored the front door through a camera linked to a television. […]

Historic St. Johns Building Sees New Life

Merriam-Webster defines a waypoint as “an intermediate point on a route or line of travel.” Over a century old, the F.C. Mason building has had many waypoints over the years and is looking forward to a big one in 2020. The historic two-story, 45,744-square-foot F.C. Mason building in downtown St. Johns has been vacant for […]

Real Estate Forecasts and Foreshadowing in 2020

    Mortgage Rates on the Decline The government-controlled company Freddie Mac expects mortgage rates to remain low over the next two years, averaging 3.8% in 2020 and 2021. Its forecast indicates the housing market will continue to stand firm, with home sales increasing from 6 million in 2019 to 6.2 million and then to […]

American Portfolio Mortgage Corp.

With branch locations across the United States, American Portfolio Mortgage Corp. is an independent direct lender and mortgage broker aimed at providing customers with a smooth and stress-free loan process. Eloy Martinez, a senior loan officer, helped bring American Portfolio to the Lansing area in 2016. Martinez recently sat down with Greater Lansing Business Monthly […]


Initiative centralizes area’s nonprofit goals The Shiawassee Community Foundation and United Way of Genesee County are working to advance the goals of Shiawassee County nonprofits by uniting them with fundraising, marketing and volunteer support. Named #raiseUPshiawassee, the idea is to have one place to come together to make all that happen. The initiative was launched […]

Lansing-area Businesses Have History

From education and fashion to early automobiles and health care, these businesses in the Greater Lansing region have stood the test of time. 74 years: Builders’ Hardware Co. was founded in 1946 by two brothers, Edward Hertel and Crawford Hertel, after they returned from World War II. It was located in East Lansing but moved […]

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