Category Archives: Commercial

Retail Sales by Kind of Business – September 2020

Retail sales (including food services) dominate the U.S. economy typically making up 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  GDP is essentially the value of all goods and services produced. Retail sales plunged 20.7 percent from February 2020 (baseline prior to the Coronavirus impact) to April 2020, but has since recovered to an all-time record …Read more

Q2 2020 Commercial Real Estate Cycles – Dr Glenn Mueller

Jobs are everything to an economy.  Period.   They create effective demand for real estate – residential and commercial — enabling not just the need and want but also the ability to pay.    The U.S. just posted the largest drop in jobs in history in April 2020, shedding 22.16 million workers –which in turn triggered a …Read more

A New Twist On An Old Trick | Stewart Title Blog

Image overlay is when a hacker creates a blurred image of a document that resembles a form you would recognize and overlays it with a login prompt. The image is designed to pique your interest or create a sense of importance or value. The concept of image overlay isn’t new, but today it has a …Read more

Combating Malicious ZIP Files | Stewart Title Blog

While cloud services like OneDrive, Box and Dropbox give us endless possibilities to share files, we sometimes still find ourselves sending and receiving ZIP attachments when multiple files are involved. ZIP files would be okay except sometimes they can be dangerous. You may be thinking, “What about password-protected ZIP files?” Well, cybercriminals most commonly send …Read more

Q1 2020 Commercial Real Estate Market Cycle Report — A Baseline or Highwater Mark for Now

Dr Glenn Mueller’s Q1 2020 Real Estate Market Cycle Report just arrived.  Under normal circumstances, this timely report allows the latest purview in just eight pages of 54 commercial markets across the country for apartment, Industrial, office, and retail properties.  Now, given the massive economic erosion in many markets across the country since the second-half …Read more

Don’t Be a Fool This April | Stewart Title Blog

If you haven’t fallen for the $5,000 COVID-19 vaccine, $400 COVID-19 self-testing test kit or the $150 bottle of Lysol scams, then congratulations, you’ve stood your ground. But now is not the time to let your guard down – new tricks are coming to defraud you. On March 27, the president signed a bill to …Read more

Combating Redirecting URL Links | Stewart Title Blog

In the past, I’ve revealed that one evasion technique cybercriminals use to avoid being blocked by email security technologies, is using legitimate (Microsoft) websites. This week Threatpost.com shared this new interesting twist: attackers are using YouTube and redirect features to get you to click on malicious links. Redirector URLs are commonly used by legitimate organizations …Read more