Month: July 2012

Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July as Americans were more optimistic about the short-term outlook than they were about their current conditions, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index…

Home prices rose for the fourth month in a row

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Home prices rose for the fourth month in a row in May, suggesting the recovery in the housing market continued to gain traction. In other data on Tuesday, consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July but spending fell in June for…

Becoming wealthy

Becoming wealthy and staying that way takes a certain level of discipline. Sure, an occasional splurge won’t put you in the poor house, but frequent frivolous spending on things that aren’t necessities can quickly put a serious dent in your wallet. The frugal habits…

Gimme Some Ice Cream

FB numbers make me want an ice cream cone! Regards Nino Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla, the almost unanimous choice by a panel of 14 who participated in a blind tasting organized by Cheapism. But before anyone starts hollering that this is no cheap ice…

Interesting Chart

Here is the DataQuick sales and median price chart:     Sales Volume Median Price All homes  Jun-11   Jun-12    Change   Jun-11      Jun-12      Change Alameda             1,584    1,755    10.8%   $351,000    $375,000      6.8% Contra Costa        1,692    1,704     0.7%   $268,000    $315,500     17.70% Marin                 313      332     6.1%   $650,000    $700,000    …

Bay Area Home Sales Continue Rising – Prices Highest in Four Years

Back from vacation and roaring to blog! Regards, Nino The Bay Area’s housing market continued to heat up as summer got underway in June, with sales jumping 7.2 percent from a year ago and the median sale price surging to its highest level in…

Lairs any supervillain would love

  By Morgan Brennan | Forbes.com – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 4:52 PM EDT It’s most often called the Spy House or the Floating Glass Home. Perhaps the Bat Cave would make a better comparison. Access to 32013 Point Place in Laguna Beach, Calif., is an…

Visa, MasterCard, banks in $7.25 billion retail settlement

  MasterCard and VISA credit cards … NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visa Inc, MasterCard Inc and banks that issue their credit cards have agreed to a $7.25 billion settlement with U.S. retailers in a lawsuit over the fixing of credit and debit card fees in…

What Are You Looking At?

    The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers’ Retinas By Emily Glazer | The Wall Street Journal – 11 hours ago   Getty Images – Marketers are using eye-tracking. Here, a Brooklyn, N.Y., shopper.   Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome…

Sell Home Quickly

With the troubled housing market of the past five years and banks still reluctant to lend, its no wonder homeowners hoping to sell are sitting on the market for months at a time. Buyers, meanwhile, are trying to find a balance between their dream…