Category Archives: real estate

Hallmark Abstract Service Nominated Best of Long Island 2020, Best Title Insurance Company!

Hallmark Abstract Service nominated Best Titie Company on Long Island

  Hallmark Abstract Service is very proud to announce that the firm has been nominated in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Best of Long Island 2020, Best Title Insurance Company! But, of course, we protect commercial and residential properties across New York State. Voting opens on October 1, and we will share the link then to cast your […]

Reference Guide to the NYS Transfer Tax and Mansion Tax Hikes…

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The chart below describes the increases in the New York State Transfer Tax and Mansion Tax, that will affect transactions of specific type and size occurring after July 1, 2019… An exception to the July 1 deadline will be those contracts ‘entered into on or before April 1, 2019, “provided that the date of execution of such contract […]

Interactive Chart: Since the Financial Crisis, How Have Consumer Preferences in Remodeling Projects Changed?

Homeowner Improvement Expenditures by Project Type

The art of determining consumer preferences has taken on new meaning and a new sense of urgency when it comes to marketing and manufacturing in the age of the internet! Data analytics as it relates to consumer behavior has entered the 21st century in a big way, as algorithms and other processes take raw consumer data and […]

The American Dream and Real Estate: What Makes Millennials Tick?

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When it comes to the Millennial generation, real estate and attaining the American Dream, one question often asked is what fuels the Millennial purchase/rent decision-making process? As the parent of three Millennial children, questions will sometimes arise concerning what it is that’s most important to them vis a vis achieving the American Dream? The answer, however, […]

A Mortgage Application For A New Purchase, That Excludes A Current Mortgage From The DTI Calculation?

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So let me get this straight…A mortgage applicant currently has an outstanding mortgage on their home, and those expenses can be excluded from the DTI calculation for a mortgage that will be used to buy another home? Are we talking about a bridge loan or a loan from some other non-traditional lender? The answer is […]

Real Estate, Title Insurance And A Reduced Stress Journey!

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A commercial or residential real estate attorney in New York focused on transactional work, understands the pressure of bringing a deal from contract signing to the exchanging of keys at the closing table! This process of getting from Point A to the finish line can be fraught with obstacles and stumbling blocks, any one of which having the […]

The 2018 Midterm Elections: What The Outcome Could Mean For The Residential Real Estate Market!

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Seldom has a midterm election conjured up the level of anticipation, angst, and uncertainty that the 2018 edition has, including for the nations real estate market! Politicians and pundits alike are speculating about Blue Waves and Red Waves along with the potential ramifications of each, both real and imagined, that may or may not occur. Real estate […]

Trying To Sell Your Home? 20 Tips To Help Improve Your Chances! (Infographic)

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A recent article at the Hallmark Abstract Service website examined just how well the residential real estate market is acting relative to existing economic conditions! The finding in the article, ‘Why Is The Residential Real Estate Market Underperforming Its Potential?‘, is that in fact, it is not doing as well as perhaps it should be. […]

How Can A Real Estate Agent Create A 5-Star Experience For Homebuyers?

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What Attributes In A Real Estate Agent Would Help To Make A Homebuyers Experience With The Process, 5-Star? The infographic below was created by OpenListings.com, an online service that helps buyers locate the property of their dreams. The firm analyzed more than 900 5-Star reviews submitted by buyers in California and Washington State, and provide their […]

New York City Real Estate And The ‘Sliver Law’ – Rosenberg & Estis Of Counsel Attorney Frank Chaney Guest Contributor

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This article, contributed to the Hallmark Abstract Service blog by Rosenberg & Estis, concerns one specific aspect of New York City zoning law and real estate development. Rosenberg & Estis is a law firm with a strong presence in all facets that surround the New York real estate market. Article author and Rosenberg & Estis […]