Pick a Number, Round 2 –January 2020 Existing Home Sales

Existing home sales in January 2020 were either lackluster or robust depending on which statistic or metric is viewed, based on the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) latest press release.   NAR sales focus is on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).  The following describes four individual conclusions regarding existing home sales in January 2020 using …Read more

Who Are You Really Replying To? | Stewart Title Blog

Today’s phish-of-the-week is nothing special, but there are two lessons to learn. At first glance, it’s a very plain and straightforward phishing email (Figure 1) attempting to steal user credentials by portraying itself as a closing document. Nothing out of the ordinary, yet it came with a lot of other emails and with perfect timing …Read more

State & US Population Growth 2019

The U.S. Census Bureau just released their estimates for changes in state population for 2019.   While population alone does not guarantee economic growth, population and economic growth are positively correlated. Percentage population growth rates for the periods from  July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019 and from July 1 2010 to July 1, 2019, sorted …Read more

MSA & Division Job Growth Rates – November 2019

Jobs are everything.  Period. As history continues to demonstrate, job growth at any point in time is neither systemic nor consistent across the country.  The TINSTAANREM axiom — There Is No Such Thing As A National Real Estate Market – is once again invoked to comparative job growth for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and …Read more

Pick a Number — Existing Home Sales November 2019

In this day and age of mathematical precision and faster-than-light calculation speeds, answering the question as to existing home sales numbers and direction almost makes one stutter.   The following bullets summarize November existing home sales statistics.  Pick a number — pick any number — and what you saying is probably  correct.  Each of these data …Read more