Category Archives: Residential

Election-Year Home Sales Myths 2020

It’s an election year, so things are always different – correct?  Housing sales will be down no matter what?  Right?  The high-end market always slows – right?  Both are myths – but are they true? MythBusters was one of my favorite TV shows years ago, but analyzing these housing sales myths is not going to …Read more

Smoking-Hot New Home Sales – August 2020

Have been wanting to use the words Smoking Hot regarding real estate since the last downturn in 2008, and finally have a reason: August 2020 new home sales!   New home sales came in at a blistering 1.011 million units in August on seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR), up a massive 43.2 percent from the prior …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

Another Top-10 (Percent) List — Best (and Worst) Cities for 1st-Time Homebuyers

The home remains the largest store of wealth for most households.  Homebuying is a complicated process – particularly for unfamiliar first-time buyers.  Still, first-time homebuyers represented one-in-three of all home sales (33 percent) according to the National Association of Realtor’s latest Annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Some cities offer better opportunities than others …Read more