Yearly Archives: 2013

Road Map to Properly Insuring Your Home

Homeowners insurance is something most people take for granted until they suffer a loss. These policies are designed to protect a home, its contents and other assets in the event of a fire, theft, accidents, natural disasters or other casualties. To secure and maintain the proper coverage at the best price, follow this simple road …Read more

Your marketing materials don’t just sell a home. They sell you.

As I discussed in my recent posts about branding yourself, marketing is an important extension of your personal brand; especially for real estate agents. Great marketing requires a consistent look and feel to back up your brand image. At a base level, that means careful consideration of your marketing materials. Every flyer, email, brochure, drop …Read more

Best State Business Tax Climates in 2014

Where companies originally locate and relocate to are obviously potentially complex decisions given the vast number of variables such as customers, taxes, resources, transportation, environment, weather, demographics, and workforce, to name just a few. Yet sometimes it may be just as simple as locating where the CEO or owner wants to live. From a tax …Read more

Stewart Joins REALTORS® to “Rise to New Heights” at NAR Conference

Throughout the autumn trade show season, the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference (NAR) is one of the ‘main events’ for the real estate industry. San Francisco’s Moscone Center hosted an estimated 22,000 REALTORS® earlier this month, encouraging every attendee to “Rise to New Heights.” The conference offered a number of opportunities to do just …Read more

October 2013 Existing Home Sales Up 6 Percent Versus October 2012 — Median Price of $199,500 Up 12.8 Percent

Existing home sales continue the recovery to normal, with October 2013 sales of 5.12 million on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate (SAAR), compared to 4.83 million a year ago, as reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). This was a gain of 6 percent. Sequentially, however, sales dipped from 5.29 million in September 2013. Year-over-year …Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

Stewart recently reported another successful quarter and we now find ourselves peering into the holidays while interpreting recent CFPB announcements. In the midst of hectic schedules, uncertain economic conditions and changing regulations, I am reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Stewart provides a valuable service in an essential industry that drives …Read more