Most holiday shoppers stress-free as holiday nears, Consumer Reports poll shows

Most holiday shoppers stress-free as holiday nears, Consumer Reports poll shows

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas coming fast, nearly one-third of Americans who plan to give gifts had yet to begin their shopping as of early December, according to the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Poll*. Forty-nine percent were less than halfway finished.

But even with that procrastination, 64 percent said they have things under control and will be ready for the holiday. The remaining 36 percent said that preparing for the holiday had them at least … (read more)

Key remodeling index shows most activity in seven years

Key remodeling index shows most activity in seven years

An important indicator of remodeling robustness jumped five points this past quarter climbing back to 2005 levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The Remodeling Market Index hit 50 meaning that more contractors are reporting higher activity than lower, compared to three months ago. The activity was particularly strong in owner-occupied homes indicating that homeowners are regaining confidence in the value of their houses.

“The strength of the RMI, especially in owner-occupied properties, shows that homeowners are investing … (read more)