Tag Archives: residential real estate

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 may represent one of largest, if not the largest, investment 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 […]

New York Title Insurance: Always Compare Apples To Apples!

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For someone in New York 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, […]

Should A Title Insurance Provider Bother With Branding?

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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 […]

NYC’s 25 Most Expensive Residential Real Estate Listings

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   Ever wonder how the other half lives? Well they might live in one of the 25 most expensive residential listings currently for sale in New York City! 1 12-16 East 62nd Street $120,000,000 This Upper East Side three-townhouse combo took the honor of being NYC’s priciest listing in June. According to the broker-babble, it could be used […]

The Housing Market And An Analogy To Rice Krispies!

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In the search for new ways to describe the state of the U.S residential real estate, how about an analogy to breakfast cereal! The article below, ‘Housing Goes Snap, Crackle & Pop?‘, was written by Jonathan Miller. For those that may be unfamiliar, Miller is President and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm […]

2016 Real Estate Market Forecast (Infographic)

How do title insurance agents view the prospects for real estate in 2016? A survey conducted by First American, one of the major title insurance underwriters, reveals the thoughts and prognostications of those businesses that are in the trenches of real estate transactions namely title agents. What This Infographic of The Real Estate Sentiment Index […]