Category Archives: Residential

Potential High-Risk Housing Markets Due to Coronavirus

The economic impact of the Coronavirus varies from one city to the next  just like medical symptoms and severity of those infected by the virus differs from one person to another.    A myriad of factors affect how each local housing market will respond under these pressures and economic uncertainties.  My favorite economic and real estate …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

Renter’s Insurance and Another Top-10 List — States with the Most (and Least) Expensive Renters Insurance

An estimated 34.9 percent of U.S. households are renters (65.1 percent homeowners) according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau as of Q4 2019.  While the average net worth of homeowners is significantly greater than renters ($231,400 to $5,200) renters still have possessions at risk in their rental properties. Renters Insurance costs vary …Read more

Pick a Number, Round 2 –January 2020 Existing Home Sales

Existing home sales in January 2020 were either lackluster or robust depending on which statistic or metric is viewed, based on the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) latest press release.   NAR sales focus is on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).  The following describes four individual conclusions regarding existing home sales in January 2020 using …Read more

Who Are You Really Replying To? | Stewart Title Blog

Today’s phish-of-the-week is nothing special, but there are two lessons to learn. At first glance, it’s a very plain and straightforward phishing email (Figure 1) attempting to steal user credentials by portraying itself as a closing document. Nothing out of the ordinary, yet it came with a lot of other emails and with perfect timing …Read more