Category Archives: Residential

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

Another Top-10 List — Highest Gaining (and Losing) Median Home Price Metropolitan Statistical Areas Q3 2019

While the U.S. has seen all-time record-high employment, the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, and rising wages, home sales stuttered in 2018 and the first half of 2019 due to affordability.  Home price  increases in the past decade have out-sprinted income gains, negatively impacting affordability. Prices changes are not uniform nor consistent across the …Read more

Forecasting is Difficult, Especially the Future: — Housing Sales, Interest Rates, Home Prices and Lending 2020-2021

Forecasting is difficult, especially the future, is a small bit of economist humor that embodies more truth than may be appreciated.   While ongoing trends are easy to forecast by just continuing the line or general direction of sales-interest rates-prices-jobs or any other economic factor, the difficulty arises in anticipating or predicting the events(s) that alter …Read more