Stewart Club Excellence is an enterprise-wide reward and recognition program honoring top performers on our sales and operations teams. Last month, we had the honor of celebrating our 2016 winners in San Diego.
Each month, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts for residential lending volumes – for both refinance and purchase transactions. The forecasts span a three-year period, currently from 2016 to 2018. The lagging year (2016 at this time) often changes in the 12-months following year-end as added data become …Read more
Each month Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA forecast housing sales and price appreciation rates for coming years. As you will see, there is neither a consensus nor even agreement in how the data are reported. Fannie Mae and the MBA individually forecast existing home sales and new single family home sales along with …Read more
Existing home sales, after stuttering in April 2017, rose 2.7 percent in May 2017 versus a year ago to 5.62 million based on a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The raw home sales number for May 2017, not seasonally adjusted, was up 2.7 percent to 555,000 with …Read more
As my first month as division president at Stewart Title is coming to a close, I wanted to pause for a minute to reflect on my experience and explain my vision for our division.
Amazon is taking advantage of changing demographics and technology to change the customer experience and do for grocery shopping what they have done for retail.
In May, I had the honor of participating in [tag] IQPC Exchange’s Market Research and Consumer Insights conference as a featured speaker. My presentation was titled “Insights Evolution: Redesigning Teams and Increasing Synergy to Proactively Drive Business Strategy”. This conference was a great opportunity for me to share insights from Stewart and learn from other marketing and communications leaders across the country.
As the housing market reaches the annual summer apex, the severe shortage of inventory coupled with strong housing demand is seeing limited selection of listings and record-low number of days on the market. Homes sold in April were on the market a median 29 days (52 percent were on the market less than one month) …Read more
If you track my Tweets, ignore this blog. For those of you that do not Tweet – you should consider doing so. If you want to talk about effective bang for the buck, the 140 total characters, letters, numbers and spaces of a Tweet on Twitter certainly qualifies. Who knew you could say so much …Read more
There is more to buying a car than just the purchase price. After buying the car, the owner still faces insurance, annual taxes and licensing, fuel, tires, batteries, maintenance, and for some, tolls and parking. The same is true for housing, but with a much larger array of expenses. To ascertain the real costs of …Read more