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Another Top-10 List — Best Places to Live in 2018, Small to Midsized Towns & Villages

Where we live impacts our lives daily – some places are better than others and some are worse.  Key factors of where is best to live are not convenient metrics that a methodology contains, but what people truly value. What do people look for and where are the cities, towns and villages that deliver these …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Affordable Beach Towns 2018

As cold grips much of the U.S., what better a time to think about warm sunny beaches this coming summer.   Given most people’s budget limitations, however, cost is a major criterion.  Where are the most affordable places in the U.S. to own a house in a beach town?  And to do so without breaking the …Read more

Don’t be the Weakest Link: Training your Staff

When it comes to cybersecurity, technology and protection are necessary, but we must shift our focus to what matters most: The weakest link.
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Another Top-10 List — Best Cities to Find a Job in 2018

Jobs are everything to an economy.  Period.  As I frequently say, “There are three groups of people that do not need a job to buy a house:  those with gray hair, blue hair or no hair – we call them retirees. Good news for job seekers is that if a person has a marketable skill …Read more

MSA and Division Employment Gains – November 2017

Jobs are everything to an economy. Period. Each month the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases employment data at the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Division level in both Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rates (SAAR) and non-seasonally adjusted formats. All employment data in this discussion are from the BLS. As I have written in the …Read more

State Job Growth Rates as of November 2017

Jobs are everything to an economy.   Period.  Always will be. So goes the number of jobs, so goes (in general) the demand for housing, commercial real estate and the overall performance of the economy.  Naturally other factors such as taxes (or the lack-thereof), location, natural resources and external factors alter all of this, but the …Read more

Jobs Report — December 2017 — Just 148,000 Net New Jobs, But the Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.1 Percent, a 17-Year Low

The U.S. created 148,000 net new jobs (preliminary) in December 2017 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50,000 jobs short of the 198,000 consensus among economists according to MarketWatch. The net gain in jobs totaled 2.055 million in the prior 12-months at an average 171,250 per month.  Total net job gains in …Read more

2017: The Year in Tech (Part 1)

We can probably all agree that 2017 was an exciting year for everyone, but that was especially true for those of us in the real estate, mortgage lending, title, and escrow professions. As we bring the year to a close, I wanted to share some insights about the major trends we are tracking here at Stewart.
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Another Top-10 List — Lowest (and Highest) Property Tax Rate States

Property taxes can be a significant economic expense for homeowners and businesses alike, but they range from very low (0.28 percent per year of market value in Hawaii) to what I call obscene (2.13 percent in New Jersey), based on a study completed by the National Association of Home Builders.  Given the 2017 Tax Cuts …Read more

New Home Sales Hit a 10-Year High in November at 773,000 Dwellings on a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate, Median Price $318,700

New homes sales continued a rapid gain in November 2017, rising to an estimated 773,000 dwelling units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).   The last time sales on a SAAR were greater was August 2007 at 795,000.   Sales were up 26.6 percent on a year-over-year basis (SAAR) and up 17.5 percent sequentially from October. …Read more

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