State Job Growth October 2019

All but two of the 50-states and the District of Columbia posted a net increase in the total number of jobs in the 12-months ending October 2019, with North Dakota flat and Michigan down 2,200 (for a decline of 0.05 percent in the total number of jobs compared a year ago).  The following table shows …Read more

Best States to Do Business Tax-Wise in 2020

Just as words have meaning, taxes have economic ramifications.    This annual blog on the Best State Tax Business Environments begins as it commenced and ended each of the past three years in the prior sentence.  Each state varies in one form or another in how much services their government provides and how those services are …Read more

Dr Glenn Mueller’s Q3 2019 Commercial Real Estate Cycles Report

This quarterly Must Read report for commercial real estate professionals was just released.  Dr. Glenn Mueller’s Real Estate Cycles Q3 2019 report provides a concise overview of office, apartment, retail, and industrial commercial real estate markets across the country for 54 major metros based on almost 300 models tracking occupancy and rental rates.  Hotels were …Read more

Phishing Emails Are Getting More Creative | Stewart Title Blog

Cybercriminals follow our every move. With every countermeasure we put in place, they create a workaround shortly thereafter. This week I picked an interesting email to demo. At first glance, nothing is out of the ordinary in this email. It meets all the qualifications of a typical spam or phishing email: unrecognized sender, no recipient …Read more

U.S. Homeownership Rate by State

Not only is homeownership the key component of the American Dream, the home is the largest store of wealth for the majority of American families.  Good news is that homeownership is increasing in the U.S. once again.  After the U.S. homeownership rate peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004 (driven by the unthrottled availability of subprime …Read more

How The Average American Household Spent Their Money — 2018

Do you ever question where all the money you earned went?  That thought likely applies to most of us.   A great friend often says, “Life happens.”   And I typically add, “And it costs more than you thought it would.” Fortunately the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks typical household incomes and expenditures.   HowMuch.Net added details …Read more