Category Archives: Commercial

U.S. Retail Sales October 2020

Total retail sales are now once again strong, just like a faucet running at full flow.  Depending on the type of goods being sold, however, the  temperature of sales ranges from hot to cold. Total real (inflation adjusted) retail and food service sales were up 4.4 percent in October 2020 versus one-year ago, as shown …Read more

Q3 2020 Commercial Real Estate Cycles – Dr Glenn Mueller

This roller-coaster pandemic-altered economy is generating a smoke screen on the underlying fundamentals of the commercial real estate market.  While Jobs are everything to an economy, the U.S. is still short from where it was in February of this year.   While the housing market has boomed (since we have so much time at home), the …Read more

Retail Sales by Kind of Business – September 2020

Retail sales (including food services) dominate the U.S. economy typically making up 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  GDP is essentially the value of all goods and services produced. Retail sales plunged 20.7 percent from February 2020 (baseline prior to the Coronavirus impact) to April 2020, but has since recovered to an all-time record …Read more

Q2 2020 Commercial Real Estate Cycles – Dr Glenn Mueller

Jobs are everything to an economy.  Period.   They create effective demand for real estate – residential and commercial — enabling not just the need and want but also the ability to pay.    The U.S. just posted the largest drop in jobs in history in April 2020, shedding 22.16 million workers –which in turn triggered a …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

Q1 2020 Commercial Real Estate Market Cycle Report — A Baseline or Highwater Mark for Now

Dr Glenn Mueller’s Q1 2020 Real Estate Market Cycle Report just arrived.  Under normal circumstances, this timely report allows the latest purview in just eight pages of 54 commercial markets across the country for apartment, Industrial, office, and retail properties.  Now, given the massive economic erosion in many markets across the country since the second-half …Read more