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Hallmark Abstract Service wants to be your New York State title insurance provider

Hallmark Abstract Service New York State title insurance

And these are some of the reasons why!

Hallmark Abstract was founded on these fundamental principles: One is to provide service above and beyond the expectations of our clients, while the other is to ensure that there will never be any surprises at the closing table.

With that in mind, two basic questions guide us in our day-to-day business:

– What value can Hallmark Abstract add for a client?

– Why should Hallmark Abstract be a client’s first choice?

The answer to the first question is simple. Hallmark Abstract takes the time to understand exactly what an attorney, banker or mortgage professional requires in order for their closing protocols to run more efficiently. From personal meetings and follow-ups to customized services for pre and post closing procedures, Hallmark Abstract guides it actions based on the client’s individualized needs.

The second question can be answered based on the fact that Hallmark Abstract has a long track record of putting its clients first. A company created for attorney’s, lending professionals and their clients, Hallmark Abstract seeks to surpass all expectations by bringing files to closing without surprise or delay. Every single time!

Finally Hallmark Abstract stands by these two simple phrases that are both our promise to you and a philosophy for the way in which we conduct our business:

“Hallmark Abstract has never been to a closing where the title wasn’t cleared!”

“Hallmark Abstract works harder to make your closings easier!”

We look forward to starting a long-standing relationship with you and we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at your office or by phone.

Michael Haltman, Partner

Hallmark Abstract Service

 

131 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 205, Jericho, New York 11753

516.741.4723 (O) 516.741.6838 (F) http://www.hallmarkabstractllc.com orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com

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The Hallmark Abstract Service Management Thought of the Month!

Any sole practitioner, business owner, company president , CEO or managing partner needs to ask himself or herself an extremely important question!

A question that can sometimes get lost in the need to operate a businss day to day with limited time or opportunity to look down the road at bigger, strategic issues!

The question that we at Hallmark ask ourselves on a continual basis is what we can do as a firm to provide value-added to our clients and by extension, to their clients!

And how, in a business like title insurance, can we differentiate ourselves from competitors and both over-promise and over-deliver with every closing that we do?

Taking the time to establish and implemet initiatives and business practices that will hopefully separate you from your competitors!

Many businesses today, including in the area of law, compete in crowded arenas that create an imperative to differentiate oneself from everybody else.

For some businesses, title insurance being one of them, this differentiation needs to be very specific and targeted due to the fact that in many ways the product provided is considered a commodity that’s priced essentially the same regardless of who an attorney or buyer chooses to use.

In Hallmark’s case we pride ourselves on making sure that the closing table experience is seamless and painless without any surprises because any potential issues have been taken care well before the closing ever takes place.

We provide our clients with the greatest level of customer service possible and maintain the “other” fees required for title at levels well below those of most of our competitors.

And we always treat our clients as the valuable part of our business that they are.

The Management Moral of the Story!

So the bottom-line, particularly in an economy that is continuing to struggle, is to ask yourself if you or your firm is providing as much value-added to your clients as is possible?

Are you in some way differentiating yourself and your firm from competitors?

If not then how can you do this, and if you already are, how can you do it better?

Mike Haltman, Managing Partner

Hallmark Abstract Service, LLC

131 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 205

Jericho, NY 11753

Hallmark Abstract Service LLC. Phone: 516.741.4723

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A key to business networking! (Video)

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Because we all need to network …

Networking is, and has always been, a key component to growing a business.  That’s true whether we are talking about a law firm or a dentist. New clients are the lifeblood of any business!

If all that we do to drive that new business is sit behind a desk expecting it to walk through the door, it will likely be a very long, frustrating and costly wait! Particularly in this economy although it is true in any economy!

Therefore, why not try and network in the best and most efficient way that at the same time affords us the greatest chance of success. And, in this case, success is defined as meeting someone whose business we can help make  more successful.

This last concept is somewhat counter intuitive to the extent that we would be looking to help someone else first and not ourselves.

But in the parlance of networking a common phrase that gets repeated over and over again is that “givers gain.”

Givers gain because nobody is looking to partner-up in business with someone who is only looking out for their own best interests. When you are trying to establish long-lasting business relationships it must be remembered that business is a two-way street and that by simply looking out for yourself such relationships can be difficult, if not impossible, to establish.

When you walk into a networking event can anybody really expect that after a 3-minute conversation you can give someone your card and expect that they will be calling you with an order? But isn’t that exactly what people do?

The interview below was forwarded to me by someone who I met through networking, and although we haven’t done any business together specific to our two companies, had I not met him and established a relationship I wouldn’t have received this video!

Video providing some basic thoughts about networking from the founder of BNI, a global business networking powerhouse!

It is long and if you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing there is a very good interchange on networking expectations beginning at the 27:00 minute mark.

The video can be watched at this link.

Mike Haltman, Partner

HALLMARK ABSTRACT SERVICE

“We work harder to make your closings easier!”

Visit us at our website here.

For any title insurance questions in New York or if you would like to meet with Hallmark Abstract Service, please contact us using any of the following:

Email: orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com

Phone: 516.741.4723

Mail: 131 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 205

Jericho, New York 11753

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Hallmark Abstract Service makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Does the way that employees park tell managers anything about morale?

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Whether you manage a law office, factory or warehouse can you learn anything from your employees parking style?

Often, particularly in this job market, an employee will not come right out and express dissatisfaction with their job or with company management.

The way a company finds out that someone is unhappy will probably be through either obvious recurring displays which is unlikely or when that employee comes in and gives notice.

But is it possible that the way an employee parks their car could tell you anything about the way that they are feeling? It can according to one reader of Freakonomics:

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Now personally I always back into a spot because it is simply easier to get out, particularly in a crowded parking lot.

But on the other hand, can you put any credence in a theory like this, or is simply too vague?

If you run a law office or work at one, what is your opinion on ways to either judge morale or ways to express low morale?

Given the subject matter it is of course fine to respond anonymously!

Mike Haltman, Partner

HALLMARK ABSTRACT SERVICE

“We work harder to make your closings easier!”

Visit us at our website here.

For any title insurance questions in New York or if you would like to meet with Hallmark Abstract Service, please contact us using any of the following:

Email: orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com

Phone: 516.741.4723

Mail: 131 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 205

Jericho, New York 11753

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Hallmark Abstract Service makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Commercial mortgage recording tax refund in New York State!

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Commercial mortgage recording tax refund in New York State!

I was meeting with a CPA on Friday who described a program in New York State that exists but that is not well advertised by the state for obvious reasons.

It applies only to commercial mortgages but the bottom line is that it provides for a mortgage recording tax refund of $2,500 per $1MM of mortgage amount and can be applied for by simply filing the proper paperwork with the state.

The refund is limited to commercial mortgages originated within three years of any given date, after which the refund will no longer be applicable.

In our discussions he said that not that many CPA’s are aware of the program.

If you or someone you know is involved in the buying, selling or financing of commercial real estate it sounds as if this is program that most definitely needs to be explored.

If interested in learning more, please let me know.

Mike Haltman, Partner

HALLMARK ABSTRACT SERVICE

“We work harder to make your closings easier!”

Visit us at our website here.

For any title insurance questions in New York or if you would like to meet with Hallmark Abstract Service, please contact us using any of the following:

Email: orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com

Phone: 516.741.4723

Mail: 131 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 205

Jericho, New York 11753

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Hallmark Abstract Service makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Guest post: Stop Criticizing Others

Hallmark Abstract Service, title insurance New YorkAn alternative way of dealing with others!

I happened upon this article that describes the critical way in which many, myself included, sometimes deal with friends, family, employees or business associates.

And about how when we do approach people in this way, the walls of defensiveness immediately go up that limit the potential for any real dialogue to take place.

Although changing from this methodology is easier said than done, if this critical way of approaching people can be altered somewhat the results might be very surprising. And very welcome!

Stop Criticizing Others”  written by Meredith Bell at Business Know-How.com

Summary: You may think you’re being helpful when you point out someone’s flaws or what the person did wrong. But in most cases, your words have the opposite impact of what you intended.

Steven Pressfield’s brilliant book about overcoming resistance, The War of Art, contains this profound piece of wisdom about criticism:

“Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others.
If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement.”

This quote explains why some people find it easy to speak uplifting words to the people in their lives, while others do not.

If you tend to speak critically to your employees, customers, friends or family members, there’s something going on within you that needs to be examined. There is some aspect of your own self that you find unacceptable, but you may not want to look in the mirror. It’s much easier to turn your attention outward and find fault with those around you.

Very likely, your own inner critic is hard at work pointing out your short-comings and emphasizing your mistakes. It’s painful to listen to this kind of chatter. So when that happens, you may be quick to judge the actions of others.

But criticism tears down the other person.

It’s one thing to give others constructive feedback about a specific action. It’s quite another to continually point out perceived flaws. Often, the criticism centers around them doing something differently from the way you would have done it. You feel the need to explain what’s wrong with their approach and rationalize that you’re trying to be helpful.

The problem is, expressing disapproval this way rarely works.

I know, because I’ve done this myself more times than I can count. And it turns out badly every time. The other person resents being evaluated and judged, because that’s how it feels no matter what spin you try to put on it. Trust gets threatened because they aren’t sure you’re really in their corner.

Asking questions instead of making overtly disparaging statements does not guarantee you’ve got it right either. For example, starting a question with “Why” is often disguised criticism.

Why are you doing it that way?

Why didn’t you show a little consideration for me?

Why don’t you just quit [smoking, drinking, etc.]?

The unspoken message is, “You’re wrong and I’m right.”

So when you ask “Why” questions, expect a defensive reaction. If you don’t believe me, start monitoring your own reaction when you get asked this kind of question.

When people feel defensive, the walls go up. You’re unlikely to connect at a level of honesty and openness. Over time, if you continue finding fault – or even worse, belittling them in front of others – they will withdraw emotionally and your relationship will be superficial at best.

The Take-away

When you feel comfortable in your own skin, you’re not threatened or offended by the imperfections you see in others. You know how difficult it is to deal with life’s daily challenges because you’ve had to weather them yourself.

If you have a deep conviction that you matter, you will find it easier to activate compassion and patience instead of criticism for the people you work with and care about.

In The New Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz summarizes a key benefit of finding ways to affirming others instead of finding fault with them: “Practice treating other people as if they had value, and surprisingly, your own self-esteem will go up.”

An entrepreneur since 1982, Meredith Bell is a skilled coach and expert on behavior change. Her software company publishes assessment and development tools for the people side of your business. For more information and the free guide for entrepreneurs, “Ignite Your Business,” visit: http://www.ProStarCoach.com/smallbiz

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