Category Archives: real estate

Closing A New York State Real Estate Transaction in the Age of Coronavirus!

Today, and rightfully so, parties to a New York real estate transaction are loath to sit in close proximity to each other regardless of the degree of social distancing being used! In certain instances they may also be unavailable for a sit-down as they are quarantining themselves voluntarily or, because they feel ill, have been […]

Why Aren’t Reverse Mortgages More Popular?

Reverse mortgages represent a way for seniors to tap the equity in their homes, typically without having mortgage payments due each month! The loan is repaid to the lender when the borrower dies, sells the property or leaves the home permanently. The bank cannot seize the home and the borrower is not giving away title […]

Mortgage Shopping: Ten Questions You May Have For Your Mortgage Loan Officer!

Money tree for borrowers

  With the 10-year treasury crossing below .75% this morning, potential homebuyers and those on the fence about refinancing may hop off, and pursue a mortgage loan! In other words, with rates at current levels are banks and other lending institutions offering borrowers the opportunity to basically ‘pick money off of the proverbial money tree’? […]

Record Low Treasury Yields: An Historic Opportunity in the Mortgage Market!

10-year treasury yield at 1.31%

With the 10-year treasury hitting an all-time record low yield today (February 25, 2020) of 1.31%, and mortgage rates at or near historic lows, does it seem to anyone else as if the banks are basically ‘giving’ their money away? For current homeowners with a mortgage already outstanding, or a property owner with far less […]

How Do You Mitigate Various Types Of Risk?

Mitigating real estate risk

Risk is a small word that covers a large range of issues and scenarios including health, investing, recreation and of course, real estate! One need only look at the stock market futures this morning to understand the often-used phrase of ‘risk-off’ that describes the environment where investors take some money off of the table and sell. At-the-same-time, […]

New York State Title Insurance Claims – The Most Common Are…

Whenever you buy an insurance policy you may or may not be expecting to ever have to submit a claim! If it’s health insurance you know that at some point during the year you will need to go to a doctor or specialist and will utilize whatever insurance you may have. Whether or not you will get reimbursed depends […]

Buying a Property in New York? Remember You Have the RIGHT to Choose Your Title Insurance Provider!

Who is providing your title insurance in New York

Does it Matter Which Company Provides the Title Insurance for Your Real Estate Transaction? If you are a New Yorker buying a primary home, a second home or a commercial property, more often than not your attorney will choose the title insurance provider for your transaction. And truth-be-told, the first time you even hear about […]

Mortgage Expert Insights on Business Planning Strategies, Guest Author Ben Smidt

Mortgage broker business planning

Mortgage loan originators, much like those of us in many professions including title insurance, will start the new year with a predominantly clean slate in terms of new orders in the pipeline. Of course it is hopefully not 100% empty, as orders will come in through December that will hopefully be closing in 2020. But […]

Important Information for New York State Buyers AND Sellers of Residential Real Estate Held by an LLC!

home photo

Title Insurance Companies Have Been Mandated by an Amendment to a New York State Law, to Determine the Actual LLC Owners in ANY Residential Real Estate Transaction For Both the Buyer and the Seller, Regardless of Price or Locality! Residential real estate: One to Four Family Dwelling Summary (Courtesy of NYSLTA): New Law Requires Full Disclosure […]

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 […]