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What happens if your title insurance underwriter stops writing policies?

The transactional real estate market has recently been forced to face just such a situation when New Jersey Title was “asked” to cease writing policies insuring title for residential and commercial property purchases and refinances. This is yet one more chapter (or casualty) in the financial crisis and real estate collapse that began a few […]

Live Broadcast: Title insurance, Foreclosures, MERS, Standing and you (live radio broadcast)

The United States Foreclosure Crisis Michael Haltman of Hallmark Abstract Service appearing live on 1220 KDOW in San Francisco The show: The Real Wealth Show with Kathy Fettke The topic: Who’s really got title now? Where: The interview can be listened to below (the interview begins at 4 minutes, 10 seconds into the broadcast). Taped […]

Where have you been?

The Hallmark Abstract Sentinel, after an extended hiatus, is back with a vengeance! Hallmark Abstract will now be providing updates and insights to the mortgage and title industry on a regular basis going forward. In the current climate that includes questions surrounding foreclosures and terms that were once foreign to most including MERS, REMIC’s, robo-signing […]

Potential Remedies To Foreclosure

There are few developments more devastating than the prospect of losing your home. The fact of the matter is that under certain circumstances foreclosure can potentially be averted, and the home retained. The list below offers some of those options that can be explored. As in any financial decision, an advisor that you can trust […]

Buyer Friendly Changes Are Coming

January 1, 2010 Changes Go Into Effect To Protect The Buyer At Closing The buyer in a real estate transaction has often felt like a puppet on a string at the closing table, when unforeseen charges come up that were no where to be found on the good faith estimate. To protect the consumer from […]