New home sales accelerate in May

New home sales have jumped to their highest rate in two years.

The Commerce Department reported that new home sales in May rose 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted 369,000-unit annual pace. Compared […]

By |June 25th, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

Ecoplanners: Microwaves – the good, the bad and the ugly

My former husband and I spoke with a PG&E  technician twenty years ago about EMF’s (electromagnetic fields). We were concerned about the power source entering the house outside our young […]

By |June 25th, 2012|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Home prices up, existing sales show stability

Indicators released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) show that home prices are continuing to improve. At the same time, existing home […]

By |June 22nd, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

Estate Planning Basics Part 4: Intestacy, what to do when a relative dies without leaving a will

Intestacy means dying without a written will. A person who dies without having created a will is said to have died intestate.

Many people die without leaving a will. Let’s say you have […]

By |June 22nd, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

U.S. unemployment rate up to 8.2 percent in May

In May, the U.S. unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent to 8.2 percent. Several months ago, the rate ticked down to 8.0 percent, but has since had trouble adding enough jobs […]

By |June 22nd, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

MBA applications and mortgage delinquencies: what the numbers really mean

The numbers: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports that mortgage applications fell 0.8 percent week-over-week, including a 9.0 percent drop in purchase applications and a 1.0 percent rise in refinance applications. […]

By |June 20th, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

Tolbert Painting: DIY, the importance of personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment or PPE is the barrier between you and injury. PPE can range from clothing to eye protection to gloves or kneepads. As a professional painter, I use […]

By |June 20th, 2012|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

BREAKING: Fed extends Operation Twist

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to extend “Operation Twist” through the end of the year, citing the need for continued support of the U.S. economy and concern over […]

By |June 20th, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

The problem with new home construction and development

After housing starts hit a three-year high in April, they fell off by 4.8 percent in May. The pace of 708,000 missed expectations, but is still up 28.5 percent year-over-year.

Housing […]

By |June 19th, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments

Home builder confidence at five-year high

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) June report, builder confidence rose to its highest level in five years – since May of 2007. The index measures builder […]

By |June 18th, 2012|CCL Market Updates|0 Comments