Yearly Archives: 2012

Another Top-10 List: America’s Friendliest Towns (and a Bonus Almost Half-of-a-Top 10 List: Four Towns Near Major Markets With Great Small-Town Appeal)

In this day and age of uncertainty, where we live – our home — becomes that much more important to us as it is a known thing. Friendly faces, our stores, churches, temples and synagogues, schools and even our neighbors make a difference in our lives. And if you believe there is certainty today, I …Read more

Home for the Holidays

There really is no place like home for the holidays. For more than 40 years, I had the pleasure of returning to my childhood home to celebrate the holidays with my family. That house felt more like home to me than any other place ever will. It was comforting to see that same structure each …Read more

Updated December 2012 Residential Lending Forecast

So many of you responded to a blog last week on forecast residential lending forecasts by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), with the updated forecasts today from the MBA and Fannie Mae, attached are the latest tables, charts and the respective forecasts from December 2012. Since October 2011, the total …Read more

Stewart Talks Community

As a representative of the title industry, no one knows better than you that the community places their implicit trust in us to properly deal with their greatest assets. Think about that. Whom do you trust? It’s not someone who wants to be your newest best friend, but a person you have gotten to know …Read more

Creating a Great Place to Work

I have always been fascinated by the study of human behavior. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that environment is often overlooked, but is in fact the most critical dynamic in decision-making. We have a tendency to look only at results, and are quick to criticize without first understanding how the …Read more