Archives: September 2012

US consumers more confident in September

Higher stock prices and rising home values boosted a measure of consumer confidence in September to its second-highest level in nearly five years. The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose to 78.3 this month from 74.3 in August. That’s just below May’s reading of 79.3, which was the highest since January 2008. Read […]





Mayberry Days

Mayberry Days For those that may not know, the iconic town of Mayberry from the beloved television classic The Andy Griffith Show is actually based on North Carolina’s own Mount Airy. The quaint town, just a short trip from the Triangle, in the Western part of the state has maintained much of the charm that […]


Bloomberg Business week Raleigh can add another accolade to the list: “America’s Best City”

According to a new study by Bloomberg Business week Raleigh can add another accolade to the list: “America’s Best City”. Bloomberg spent months analyzing various metrics including: quality of life, restaurants, school scores, crime rates, park space, museums per capita, number of colleges, even pro sports teams, and came to the conclusion that Raleigh rises […]



Homebuilder confidence surges to 6-year high

Confidence among homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery to strengthen in the next six months.  The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index increased to 40, from 37 in August. That’s the highest reading since June 2006, just before the housing bubble […]