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Introducing The Hallmark Abstract Service Title Insurance Video Education Series!

For most of the 12+ years that Hallmark Abstract Service has been providing title insurance for New York State residential and commercial real estate transactions, we have been writing articles and using other means such as social media, to educate the consumer about what is often the unknown ‘commodity’ of title insurance! We have placed ‘commodity’ […]

Cats Have No Place In A Legal Proceeding…A Legal Ethics Lesson! (Viral Video)

By now you, along with 10.3 million of your friends, have likely seen the unfortunate situation an attorney found himself in during a Zoom hearing. Present at said hearing was the judge and this poor attorneys adversary! If for some reason you have not seen it, we share it below. But more importantly, this episode presents itself […]

What Is Title Insurance, and How Much Does Title Insurance Cost? (Guest Author)

The article below, written by Audrey Ference at Realtor.com, provides an exhaustive and easily understood look at what title insurance is, why you need it, some of the basic types of policies a homebuyer might buy and more! Of course, some aspects of title insurance will vary from state to state including the cost of a policy. […]

Attorneys (and everyone else) Leveraging LinkedIn!

Lawyer marketing techniques

For attorney’s and law firms in New York State, advertising is perfectly fine as outlined in the New York Rules of Professional Conduct! However, certain additions and disclosures are required to be made! New York Rules of Professional Conduct at Rule 7.1 through Rule 7.5 ‘explain what information is prohibited, what information is permissible, and […]

Oy Vey! Is VUI-202012/01 On Its Way From The U.K. To America?

Are Virtual Real Estate Closings (and empty closing tables) in New York On Their Way Back? Summary: New York hopefully never gets there (shutdown) due to the new coronavirus strain in the U.K., but if we do Hallmark Abstract Service is ready! The new even more contagious coronavirus variant may/could result in new shutdowns across New […]

Caveat Emptor When Buying Homeowners Insurance (and Title Insurance too)!

Insurance To Protect Your Home: Educate, Educate, Educate! Whether you currently own a home or will become a homeowner in the near future, more likely than not (and 100% if you have a mortgage) a homeowners insurance policy will be purchased to protect against the damage that can be inflicted by such risks as flood, […]

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do When Buying Your First Investment Property

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do When Buying Your First Investment Property  Real estate can make for a sound investment. If you are interested in buying a rental property, whether it’s for short-term or long-term tenants, this is a decision you need to really think through. Making a mistake could end up costing you in […]

Nassau County Real Estate Tax Mystery: Case of the Disappearing Class One Reassessment!

Nassau County Class One Reassessment I received a call from a client yesterday asking if I was aware of, or knew the implication of, a new entry appearing in the General and School Taxes section of LandRecord Lookup for Nassau County. I was not I said, and initially pulled-up the random property pictured to see […]

3 Often Overlooked Expenses in Home Ownership

3 Often Overlooked Expenses in Home Ownership Perhaps your family has outgrown the small apartment you’re currently renting, or maybe you want to expand your already thriving collection of vacation properties. Whatever your reason might be for purchasing a new home, it’s important to ready your bank accounts for this major undertaking. Recent months have […]

Buying A $10MM Home In New York? Don’t Read This!

Just kidding, because ALL homebuyers in New York should be aware of some very important factors when it comes to the title insurance that they will purchasing for their new home! Number 1 is that title insurance is not a commodity product and, in fact, significant differences do exist between providers. Number 2 is that you have […]