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Feels Like Home Once you start doing home and yard projects, it can be hard to stop. There’s always another room to paint, floors to replace or, in my case, a yard to sod. Making improvements inside or out can add value to your home and make it more enjoyable. And making your house move-in ready is a must, especially in today’s real estate market. I talked with Hoover realtor Susette Clark-Walker about housing trends, and she said now is the perfect time to buy or sell a home. Buyers expect to find updated, clean homes, and they are especially attracted to stunning kitchens and baths — something that hasn’t changed during the years. But whether you’re buying, selling or just improving your home, you can find tips to help you in our Builders and Buyers Guide this month. Starting on page 28, the guide breaks down the current housing market, shares ways to add value to your home and lists local pros who can help you with it all. A different kind of homecoming,

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the piece on the Regions Tradition shows its full-circle journey back to Greystone Golf & Country Club. It’s been more than a decade since the tournament has been held at Greystone, which is where the event got its start 25 years ago. This massive event is going to be filled with new treats like party decks with local drinks, musical performances, an autograph area and much more. The Regions Tradition is going to be the event of the summer. Read more about it on page 14. Another captivating article you can find in this issue showcases Shelly Smith and her Pure Barre studio. Featured on the cover, Smith’s Pure Barre in Riverchase teaches a ballerina-inspired workout to help people exercise and tone muscles. There are no slippers or tutus required (although I’m sure you’re welcome to wear them), but participants do use a barre, which is a stationary handrail. Read more on

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