Category Archives: Residential

Existing Home Sales October 2018 — Down 5.1% Year-Over-Year on a Seasonally Adjusted Basis, But Up 1.4% Sequentially from September

Existing home sales gained some daylight in October 2018 versus the prior month, increasing 1.4 percent to 5.22 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  October sales, however,  were off 5.1 percent on a year-over-year comparison.    On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first 10 …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Big Cities to Live In Today 2018

There is no shortage of the best places to live lists, with each yielding a differing set of winners – with the outcome dependent on the inclusion and exclusion criteria, metrics and relative weightings.   A Best Cities to Live Stewart Blog was last included in September 2018 which can be found at http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2018/09/25/another-top-10-list-best-places-to-live-in-america-2018/ The latest …Read more

How “DocuSign” Became a Verb

If you are in the real estate, mortgage or title industry then you’ve probably heard someone say, “Just DocuSign it!”  When DocuSign pioneered the widespread use of electronic signatures back in 2003, few knew that the most eager beneficiaries would be real estate agents. As some of the most “on the go” professionals in the …Read more

The Leaking Tire of Existing Home Sales Continues and Slows the Speed of the Market (Though Still Highly Drivable) — Down 2.09 Percent Vs a Year Ago — Median Price Up 4.2 Percent

Existing home sales dropped for the fourth month in a row, down percent 4.1 percent in September 2018 versus a year ago to 5.15 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were down from August 3.4 percent (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the …Read more