Tag Archives: NYSDFS Regulation 208

What Do Clients Think About Hallmark Abstract Service – A Testimonial

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Why Do People Choose To Use Hallmark Abstract Service? As many of you know by now the focus of the articles at the Hallmark Abstract Service blog tend to be about issues that either affect the entire title insurance industry, topics that we feel may be of interest to our readers across industries, available events offering business […]

In New York State The Title Insurance Industry Is Public Enemy #1 Or, Words Matter!

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Well maybe not #1, but some in Albany seem to feel that the title insurance industry in New York is solely comprised of the proverbial snake oil salesman who will do and say anything to get business! For the New York State Department of Financial Services, the operative word in the prior sentence is ‘do‘ […]

New York State Title Insurance Industry: ‘I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore’!

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Update January 16, 2018: ‘The New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that will allow title companies to resume buying clients coffee, taking them out for lunch or treating them to a round of golf. Sponsored by Sen. James Seward of Oneonta, the bill — which now heads to the Assembly and Gov. […]

Title Insurance And Havoc In The New York Real Estate Market?

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December 19, 2017: After Regulation 208 Went Into Effect On December 18th, The Following Day NYSDFS Issued A Stay Expiring February 2, 2018 That Will Allow One Specific Activity Eradicated By The Regulation To Continue… Candidly, of all the new directives in Regulation 208 that will impact title companies, a stay on this specific one is […]

No tips, please: Title closers say gratuities ban will cripple them – The Real Deal

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This headline from an article at The Real Deal describes the situation that title closers, and by extension real estate attorney’s and title companies, in New York began facing as of yesterday, December 18, 2017! This is the day that the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Regulation 208 officially went into effect […]

The Ostrich Effect And The New York State Title Insurance Industry

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What do some title insurance companies and title closers in New York State have in common with the ostrich? It’s the unwillingness to get bad news, understand and digest its impact and then to do what’s necessary to work within the parameters of those new rules. On December 18, 2017, New York State Department of Financial Services […]

New York Title Insurance Industry Prohibition Of Inducements Provided In Return For Business Delayed From December 18th to February 1, 2018

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Breaking News December 19, 2017: The NYSDFS today issued a statement delaying the implementation of certain aspects of Regulation 208, namely the prohibition on inducements being given in return for business. We’re not sure what a one month delay will do for firms in terms of compliance, but here is the statement… DFS Statement Regarding […]