Yearly Archives: 2012

Home Mortgage Interest Deduction on the Chopping Block?

Homeownership in the U.S. is good for everyone—correct? And the more people that own homes, the better—correct? Not necessarily so, conclude some individuals. Many would argue that the Federal government’s push to increase homeownership rates from 2004 through 2007 via subprime lending with little or no equity requirements was directly responsible for the housing bubble …Read more

Qualified, Quality Conundrum

If there is one thing that mortgage bankers have learned to accept is the reality of the new world order, that quality and compliance will become the forefront of all origination for the foreseeable future. Anyone who has been involved in the closing of a real estate transaction in the last three years has already …Read more

Another Top 10 List: The Hottest Global Housing Markets

Knight Frank offers both residential and commercial real estate property brokerage and rental services in 43 countries, and reports research on 55 countries. AOL Real Estate analyzed housing value changes in the Knight Frank research pool, and reported those top markets based on increase in home values in the latest 12 months. Topping the list …Read more

Q3 2012 Commercial Real Estate Cycles from Dr Glenn Mueller at Dividend Capital

Each quarter, Dr Glenn Mueller at Dividend Capital updates his outstanding report on commercial real estate market cycles. He addresses five separate commercial property types covering more than 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Property types include: Office Industrial Apartment Retail Hotel His defines four phases: Expansion Hypersupply Recession Recovery To access this report click here. …Read more

Healthy Signs for Commercial Real Estate!

The economic climate continues to improve. Revenues of nonfinancial companies have recently returned to pre-recession levels, and U.S. companies are spending more on capital assets, inventory and other expenses, and these are positive indicators for the U.S. economy. This is a good sign for commercial real estate. We foresee office, industrial, retail and multifamily all …Read more

Tax Opportunity Window for Investors Closing in December, 2012

It’s almost impossible to watch the news on television or read any financial publication and not hear about the looming “fiscal cliff” facing America. Current tax law, unless modified by Congress and the President, calls for automatic tax increases coupled with spending cuts beginning in 2013. In addition to higher taxes on those who make …Read more

ABC EPISODE DATE CHANGE: A Home for the Holidays for One of Our Nation’s Heroes, Made Possible by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, HelpingaHero.org and Stewart

The holidays seemed to come early this year. Decorations, sales and festive music popped up long before Thanksgiving dinner was even set on the table. As we approach one of the biggest seasons of the year for philanthropy and corporate giving, I can’t help but feel lucky at Stewart, with its strong charitable philosophy engrained …Read more

Customer Service from Stewart’s Perspective

Because customer service relies so heavily on responding to a customer’s unique needs, Stewart focuses a great deal of time on truly getting to know our customers. In addition to regular interaction, we’ve found that surveys are a great tool for generating customer insight. But frequency of surveying is important. Customers may get annoyed if …Read more