Category Archives: Residential

Interest Rates Impacting Real Estate – June 26 2015 – Issue 5

This is the 5th edition of the weekly overview of interest rates impacting real estate: 10-year constant-rate Treasury Notes and 30-year fixed-rate residential loans. To see the prior edition click http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2015/06/22/interest-rates-impacting-real-estate-june-19-2015-issue-4/ The first graph shows the 10-year Treasury note for the past 30 days. Rates, after easing the prior week, resumed their upwards pace with …Read more

May 2015 Existing Home Sales Robust — Up 9.2 Percent Year-Over-Year and 5.1 Percent Sequentially From April, Price Within 1 Percent of All-Time High

Existing home sales in May 2015 posted a solid 9.2 percent increase on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) compared to a year ago and rose 5.1 percent from April 2015 as first-time home buyers increased, reported the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Median price ramped up 7.9 percent from a year ago to $228,700, …Read more

DrTCJ Tweets May 22 2015 – June 18 2015

For those of you that do not Tweet – you should consider doing so. If you want to talk about effective bang for the buck, the 140 total characters, letters, numbers and spaces of a Tweet on Twitter certainly qualifies. Who knew you could say so much in so little? It reminds me of Mark …Read more

Interest Rates Impacting Real Estate – June 19 2015 – Issue 4

This is the fourth edition of the weekly overview of interest rates impacting real estate: 10-year constant-rate Treasury Notes and 30-year fixed-rate residential loans. To see the prior edition click http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2015/06/15/weekly-interest-rates-analysis-impacting-real-estate-june-12-2015/ The first graph shows the 10-year Treasury note for the past 30 days. Rates eased slightly last week as the Federal Reserve once again …Read more

Another Top-10 List — States with the Highest and Lowest Residential Loan Down Payments

Absent from the housing recovery, at least until now, has been first-time homebuyers. Increased Credit Scrutiny, Dodd-Frank, Qualified Mortgages, Job Losses, Slow Economic Recovery and Student Loans have taken their toll. Key to limiting first-time homebuyers, however, has been the increased down payment since 2007 which has barred many prospective homeowners and relegated them to …Read more

Another Top-10 List — The Best Small Towns in America

Frequently mentioned in all studies of Millennials is their propensity to live where there is a higher quality of life and not necessarily the In Places to Be or those with the Greatest Income – provided there are jobs. The U.S., after all, was originally built on small towns. Also, as the Baby Boomers retire, …Read more

Stewart Title Celebrates Asset Preservation Inc.’s 25th Anniversary

Stewart Title® is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Asset Preservation, Inc. (API), a 1031 qualified intermediary committed to providing exchange customers with unmatched service and the highest level of security when they need to trade one business or investment asset for another. API started as a subsidiary of Placer Title Company in Northern California in …Read more