Tag Archives: residential real estate

Infographic: Cost Of The 57 Most Common Home Improvement Projects!

the true cost of home improvement

When it’s time to renovate the home you own or to make plans for the renovation of the one that you’re going to buy, a common question is….How much is that going to cost? Funny you should ask, because HomeAdvisor has created an infographic that provides the national average cost for 57 of the most […]

Why You Need A Real Estate Agent!

why you need a real estate agent

If you’re buying or selling a home, why would you try and do it on your own? In today’s technology-rich world, with information immediately available and a desire by many for immediate gratification, some prospective homebuyers and home sellers might rely on the internet and themselves to get the job done! And, if you’re currently involved […]

The Booming Business Of Residential Safe Rooms

terrorism, kidnapping and civil unrest

In a world that’s fraught with turmoil, terrorism and social angst, the art of protecting people in their homes has become big business! Big business that is, but one that’s not necessarily appropriate or available to all people. Home protection in the form of a safe room is a residential real estate luxury add-on that […]

Title Insurance, Unlike Some Types Of Insurance, Is Still Affordable!

New York State Title Insurance Cost Comparison

On November 1, 2016 American’s will begin what may very well be the fiscally painful and mentally sickening enrollment process for their next years health insurance coverage! According to reports, in New York State premiums on the state exchange will rise more than 20% and in some other states around the country will rise triple […]

Do You Have A Comment Concerning The CFPB’s Proposed TRID Amendments?

If so, the time remaining to offer your opinion is running short! On July 26th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB released proposed amendments to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures aka TRID! For anyone who may want to comment the deadline to do so is October 18, 2016. An article from ALTA explains the amendments and provides […]

All-Cash Residential Real Estate Transactions – New Government Oversight Rules (Update)

Summary – ‘On July 17th, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U. S. Department of Treasury, issued Geographic Targeting Orders to all title companies. The orders impose temporary new data collection and reporting requirements for all cash purchases of residential real estate by corporate entities in certain counties.‘ We continue […]

How Can We Better Serve You?

For Hallmark Abstract Service there is nothing more important than the complete satisfaction of our clients and the total protection that our title insurance services provides to them. In a commercial or residential real estate transaction that will represent one of largest, if not the largest, investments that an individual, family or business entity will […]

Did You Know…Real Estate, Law Jobs, Economy, Wall Street, Brexit And More!

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9 Article Links To Scandal, Real Estate Statistics, Jobs, EU Break-Up And More! News, Economic Information And Just Plain Interesting Stuff That You May Have Missed! When you crack open the newspaper on the train or bus heading to work or perhaps navigate over to you favorite website that disseminates current events, you will be reading the same […]

Title Insurance: Always Compare Apples To Apples! (Chart)

comparing apples to apples

For someone buying a home, commercial property or who may be refinancing a mortgage, all title insurance is NOT created equal! As a quick primer title insurance is backward looking, purchased for the purpose of protecting owners of real property and the lender that may have provided financing. Title insurance ensures the fact that when a buyer/mortgage refinancer closes, there are no […]

Should A Title Insurance Provider Bother With Branding?

New York title insurance

In title insurance, a business where client acquisition is typically based on relationships and referrals and not on impulse buying or online shopping, is any expense incurred trying to ‘brand’ a firm actually worth it? At Hallmark Abstract Service we think that it is! This is because it’s our desire to try and differentiate and highlight the […]