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California Leadership Updates

We recently welcomed a strong new leader to the team and promoted two of our top performers into sales leadership positions. I am excited to share the announcement with our extended Stewart community.

New Monthly Series: Future of Real Estate and Technology

Imagine a virtual closing room. The adoption of eClosing technology – including eSignature, eNotarization, online “remote” eNotarization (which takes eNotarization a step further) and eRecording technology – offers the potential for both a paperless and, in some cases, fully online closing experience.

Another Top-10 List — Most Revenues Per Employee

No matter how much focus is placed on expense controls, without revenues there are no profits.  The keystone to the economic performance of a company is how much total revenue the average employee adds:  the greater the revenue per person, the greater the potential profit.  Naturally, costs must be subtracted from gross revenues to calculate …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities to Start a Career

The first job after college is so important in launching a career and positioning a person for their lifelong earnings.   As shown in the past, it’s just not the level of pay but also associated living costs, growth potential (in responsibility and remuneration) and quality of life that need consideration.  As usual, I invoke the …Read more

Average Mortgage Interest Deduction by State — 2015

Congress has encouraged homeownership by allowing the deduction of home mortgage interest payments and property taxes on primary and second homes owned by individuals.  For full details on home mortgage interest deductibility as it currently stands, read the IRS publication with all of the particulars at Naturally to qualify for a deduction, the minimums …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities for Living the American Dream 2017

The definition of the American Dream, no doubt, varies from individual to individual.  To one person it might be a small home with a front porch and quaint neighborhood, while the next person may define it as high-paying readily available jobs or a great place to raise a family.  As usual, I invoke the TINSTAANREM …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Profitable Markets for Home Sellers in Q2 2017

Just like some stocks outperform others, the same is true for housing markets.  While most housing markets have seen home value increases since 2009, some markets have skyrocketed and others just chugged along.   As usual, I invoke the TINSTAANREM axiom — There Is No Such Thing As A National Real Estate Market.  Nor is there …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best and Worst Markets to Flip Houses

RealtyTrac, a subsidiary of ATTOM Data Solutions, reports that home flipping is now at the greatest rate seen since 2007.  In 2016, the median acquisition cost of a flip was $127,276 and the resale price $189,900 resulting in a gross flipping profit of $62,624 or 49.2 percent.  From that gross amount any and all renovation …Read more

Why Wages Are Not Rising Much in a 4.3 Percent Unemployment Rate Environment

Have you ever read an email that contained a link that was literally made for you, that you just had to click?  [Naturally from a known-source that you have no concerns regarding cybersecurity.]   I had one yesterday and, wow, did it increase the level of my brain activity level.  Here was the hook, and it …Read more

209,000 Jobs Added in July 2017, 2nd Month in a Row Job Growth Exceeds Expectations — Unemployment Rate Dips Back to 4.3 Percent

For the second month in a row the U.S. outperformed the consensus from economists for job growth by creating 209,000 net new jobs in July 2017 versus an expectation of 180,000.  In addition, job gains for May 2017 were revised downwards from 152,000 to 145,000, but June was increased from a preliminary gain of 222,000 …Read more

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