With the Supreme Court in the headlines, the right to choose takes center stage!

  The Supreme Court, and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States highest court, has been in focus for many weeks! In New York State the right to choose is a topic that’s in the forefront of everyone’s mind, and at Hallmark Abstract Service we would […]

Are New York Real Estate Attorneys All The Same?

  Of course they’re not, in much the same way that mortgage brokers, real estate agents or pizza parlors, etc. are not all the same! And, yes, this includes title insurance providers too. Great real estate attorneys might only handle this one aspect of the law, while some other phenomenal real estate attorneys may also […]

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 […]

Landlords are people too – New York Daily News

Summary: There are two sides to the eviction moratorium story and, while the tenant side gets told, the landlord/owner side often does not. _______________________________________________________ Cornavirus and an economic reality The coronavirus pandemic has taken a severe toll on a great many sectors of the U.S. economy, and of course on the American people themselves! This is […]

There’s a Best of Breed in Most Everything! Even New York Title Insurance!

For a great many years Hallmark Abstract Service has been nominated ‘by the people’ as Best Title Insurance Company, in the annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union Best of Long Island. Thankfully, this year is no different as the voting has opened and Hallmark Abstract Service is once again on the ballot. Why are people happy […]

Data Breach! New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Drops The Hammer On First American Title Insurance Co.!

An excellent article appeared this week in the Eye on Privacy blog at the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, concerning an event in the title insurance industry that highlights a gross violation of the New York cybersecurity rules that became effective in March 2017!  The event occurred in 2018 when a data breach was announced by First American Title Insurance […]

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 […]

Mayday! Coronavirus-induced Wrench Thrown Into New York Real Estate Transactions!

Keeping our eye on the prize

The article begins below. Are you a homebuyer or home seller? The free online App at the link below will provide you with… • Title Insurance Bill with much of a clients title-related closing costs for any purchase price, any mortgage amount and in any New York State city or town (sample output below)! • […]

CLOSING ON YOUR HOME REMOTELY IN A PANDEMIC, Michele Cea, Esq. Guest Author

As a bonus to the readers of the Hallmark Abstract Service blog, we will periodically feature industry experts as guest authors. In this role they provide an inside look at topics surrounding the New York residential and commercial real estate industry with information that is invaluable! If anyone would ever like to contribute, articles need not […]

New York Residential Real Estate Professionals: Differentiation Through Technology (On Your Phone and Online)!

Real estate technology

Real estate technology that provides high level information to New York homebuyers and real estate professionals sooner, rather than later, in a transaction! Professionals include attorneys handling a real estate transaction, real estate agents and mortgage originators. Hallmark Abstract Service management is constantly focused on developing tools for real estate professionals (also great for homebuyers), that we […]