U.S. home construction surges 15.7% in July

#83590560 / gettyimages.com WASHINGTON (AP) – Aug. 19, 2014 – U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce […]

Home prices continue to rise – but at a slower pace

#179992256 / gettyimages.com WASHINGTON (AP) – July 29, 2014 – U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. […]

Consumer confidence rises again in July

#173807971 / gettyimages.com NEW YORK – July 29, 2014 – The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which improved in June, increased again in July. The Index now stands at 90.9, up from 86.4 the month before. The Present Situation Index increased to 88.3 from 86.3, while the Expectations Index that gauges attitudes about the future […]

U.S. home construction drops 9.3% in June

#154319835 / gettyimages.com WASHINGTON (AP) – July 17, 2014 – U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year. Construction fell 9.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 homes, the […]

June foreclosures down 2% – lowest since July 2006

#155441075 / gettyimages.com IRVINE, Calif. – July 17, 2014 — RealtyTrac‘s Foreclosure Market Report for June finds that 107,194 U.S. properties had a foreclosure filing during the month – a drop of 2 percent from May and 16 percent year-to-year. “Nationwide foreclosure activity in June reached an important milestone, dropping to levels not seen since […]

Tampa area – Hurricane Plan for your Pets

  It’s that time of the year again, June through November, when hurricane season is upon us.  It’s better to be aware now, then when the weather emergency is happening. With that in mind, not only does one make a hurricane evacuation plan for themselves, but their hurricane evacuation plan involving their pets is as […]

Rainy day in Tampa Bay

Oh Florida, why do I love you so? It is your beautiful beaches, your year-round perfect weather, and your SUNSHINE. However, June is upon us, and what that means is rain, rain, and more rain. I am so torn up on what to do.  Therefore, I have come up with a list of ideas that […]