Category Archives: Commercial

CFPB Fact

The integrated mortgage disclosure rule from the CFPB affects much more than loan forms and consumer qualifications. Every third-party service provider a lender deals with must be able to comply with regulations – and if they can’t, the lender is held responsible for mistakes. To reduce that risk before the CFPB rule goes into effect …Read more

CFPB Fact

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created to watch over the interests of American consumers in financial products and services of all kinds. On August 1, 2015, the bureau’s rule governing integrated disclosure forms for mortgage lending will go into effect – bringing a significant change to industry practices and standards. Are you prepared? …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Expensive Apartment Markets

Stewart’s headquarters is located in the Galleria area of Houston. This past year from my office window I watched an upscale residential mid-rise structure go up. To my surprise, it is an apartment development rather than condominiums. The asking rent for a one bedroom apartment ranges from $2,124 to $2,824 per month for 847 to …Read more

November 2014 Job Growth – 7th Best Month in 10 Years

Job growth continues to accelerate into the fall and winter as November 2014 saw 321,000 net new jobs (preliminary) added on a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate. That was the seventh best month of job growth in the past 10-years. The last time there was a greater number of new jobs created in a month was March …Read more

Commercial Real Estate Cycles for Q3 2014 from Dividend Capital

One of the top status reports I read quarterly is the  Cycle Monitor – Real Estate Market Cycles  from Dividend Capital, prepared by Dr. Glenn Mueller from the University of Denver. This nine page report gives a synopsis of commercial real estate conditions for five commercial property types across more than 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas …Read more