Long Island Fight for Charity, Title Insurance New York

Networking Event October 7, 2013 for the Long Island Fight for Charity at Carlyle At The Palace!

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The time has come for Hallmark Abstract Service President Michael Haltman to learn who his opponent will be in the ring for the November 25th Long Island Fight for Charity!

On October 7 at Carlyle At The Palace in Plainview, Long Island (1600 Round Swamp Rd) the twenty-two Long Island businessmen and women who are going to be entering the ring for charity on November 25, 2013 at the Long Island Hilton will be learning the identity of their opponent.

You will not only be helping to raise money for the great charities supported by LIFFC but will be attending a great networking event as well with a crowd expected to be well into the hundreds!

The night is only $10 if you pre-register at Long Island Fight for Charity here which includes appetizers, beer and wine and soda ($20 at the door).

If you have any questions contact Michael at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

Long Island Fight for Charity

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Business

The Non-Taper September Surprise and other articles of interest!

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Non-Taper September Surprise!

The consensus in the financial markets leading up to the Fed announcement yesterday was that, at the very least, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would announce a drop in monthly bond purchases of a minimum of $10 billion from the current level of $85 billion.

That didn’t happen as Bernanke left the number unchanged due to the Fed’s analysis of the current state of the US economy and the forecast going forward of stubbornly high unemployment and a relatively weak level of GDP growth.

The article from Seeking Alpha below gives more of an overview of the rationale behind the Fed’s decision and, in addition, there are links provided to other articles for law firms, non-law businesses and real estate companies that we hope you will find interesting, relevant and useful.

The Federal Reserve Surprises With ‘No Taper’ Announcement

‘The Federal Open Market Committee met on Tuesday and Wednesday and decided not to taper Quantitative Easing (QE) not even by a small amount, so the $85 billion monthly bond-buying program remains in place until further notice…’

The Market Pulse from Corelogic

How I Analyze a Real Estate Deal, Step by Step

‘There’s no shortage of investment opportunities. You’ve heard it before but “the deal of a lifetime comes along once a week-” assuming you’re looking! So we prioritize our time, and when a property is presented to us, we first determine how fast we need to act. If it’s been on LoopNet for 4 months, we’ll stick it on the back burner no matter how appealing the numbers…’

Why Your Employees Need to Make More Mistakes

‘Large companies have many advantages over smaller newcomers: lots of resources, plenty of capital and longstanding customer relationships. Also, big companies, with their more experienced personnel and more complex procedures, tend to make fewer mistakes. But that isn’t actually an advantage. In fact, for a new company, a willingness to make mistakes is a strength that management should seek to leverage…’

The Art of Closing a Deal, Today

‘Dealmaking is tough enough in the best of times. But in a period of high competition and a recovering lending environment, brokers—particularly mortgage brokers—have their hands full, trying to orchestrate the best deals for their clients. Just ask Simon Ziff, president of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a locally based boutique real estate capital advisory firm specializing in a variety of financing solutions…’

For any information or to find the answer to questions concerning title insurance for either residential or commercial real estate transactions you can contact Hallmark Abstract Service by:

Email: orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com,

Phone: 516.741.4723

Or by visiting our website at www.HallmarkAbstractllc.com.

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November 25, 2013 Long Island Fight for Charity Tickets

Come and watch Hallmark Abstract Service President Mike Haltman step into the ring for charity by purchasing your FFC tickets here!

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Long Island Fight for Charity

Are you ready for some Long Island, New York boxing?

MIchael Haltman,Hallmark Abstract Service,title insurance New York

In the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Long Island Fight for Charity of course!

What had once been a long way off is now mere weeks away as Hallmark Abstract Service President Mike ‘The Closer’ Haltman is training to get into the ring for charity.

The event will take place on November 25, 2013 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville, New York!

Fight Night!

The night of November 25th will begin with a buffet dinner catered by some of the top restaurants on Long Island, followed by 12 bouts between Long Island businessmen and women who have trained hard for the fight but, more importantly, who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity!

Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday the 2013 Edition of the Long island Fight for Charity is one of the years premier and most anticipated events on Long Island and you don’t want to wait for the last minute only to find out that the tickets are no longer available.

Tale of the Tape!

These are the descriptions of the 2013 Fight for Charity benefiting charities and, in addition, for every dollar that Michael Haltman raises above $10,000 the Pat Covelli Foundation will receive 50%.

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Read more about the Long Island Fight for Charity here!

Buy tickets to the event or make a donation here!

If you have questions about any aspect of the Long Island Fight for Charity you can ask Michael directly either by email here, mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com or by phone at 516.741.4723!

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Business, Title Insurance New York

Five keys to optimism in business!

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Five ways optimists think and act differently!

For anyone either in business for themselves or who works for someone else there are obviously many challenges that arise on a daily basis.

One of the keys, therefore, is to stay focused and maintain as optimistic and positive frame of mind as possible. Of course, as most of us are painfully aware, unfortunately at times that can be easier said than done!

As a guide, from the website Lifehack these are the ‘5 Things Optimists Do Differently’.

1. Optimists know that you don’t necessarily need to achieve something in order to be truly happy.

Happiness comes from within. It’s a conscious decision that you need to make, whether or not things are going the way you want them to.

If you provide a condition to your happiness, like you’ll only be happy if you’re able to achieve something, then what happens if that condition isn’t met?

Success isn’t a guaranteed factor. If you equate happiness with success, you may be happy, but this happiness stops the minute you start failing.

Give yourself the power to be committed to being happy by adapting a grateful outlook in life.

2. They avoid negative people and refrain from encountering bad vibes.

Optimists are well aware that being negative and being positive are both contagious. So, for them to create an optimistic environment, they stay away from grouchy people who always complain.

Instead, they nourish relationships with emotionally supportive and equally optimistic people. They know that life is too short to spend with people who don’t really value them, so they choose to spend it with people who do realize their worth.

3. Optimists respect themselves and their time.

In a way, optimistic people are like wild and brave souls–they are confident that they don’t need the approval of anyone else in order to live their lives. Positive people know that people will always judge them with whatever they do, so why bother pleasing people when it’s obvious that you can never please everyone every single time?

Optimists even have the courage and the confidence to say no to things that don’t really matter to them. They’re not pressured into doing something that they don’t really like, and they’re free to pursue their passion accordingly.

4. Optimists are resourceful people.

Successful entrepreneurs and optimists are both innovative and creative individuals. They know that they’re never going to have everything that they need, so they make do with what they have instead.

– Steve Jobs didn’t wallow in fear when he didn’t have enough money to fund his startup: he sold his only means of transportation, his VW Microbus, to finance it.

– Walt Disney didn’t go into severe depression when he was told that Mickey Mouse is a “giant mouse on the screen that would terrify women”; he pushed through and look at how famous and well-loved Mickey is today.

– Donald Trump was bankrupt four times (in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009) but his resourcefulness and innovation gave him a $2.7 billion net worth today.

5. They know that life is not fair–and they’re okay with that.

Most people feel grumpy, frustrated or disappointed because they expect life to be fair for everyone.

Why does Justin Bieber have a lot of haters? Because a lot of people don’t like the fact that he gets millions just by performing and doing his hair flips regularly.

Why are there a lot of complainers all over the world? Because they feel that they’re self-entitled to everything that their neighbors have.

Why are there crime scenes? Because people feel like they’re not given equal treatment (such as equal money with the rest of the society), they should just go ahead and make things equal. By taking the matter into their own hands, they commit crimes instead.

Optimists are not like these people. They know that life is never going to be easy–it’s never fair and it’s never predictable. In fact, they expect life to be unfair and unpredictable most of the time! They accept the fact that their friends may be given more money, that some celebrities are given more fame, and that some of their loved ones are more successful in terms of romance.

And you know what?

They’re okay with that.

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Charitable giving, Title Insurance New York

Donate to charity and live like royalty for at least one night!

Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York

In conjunction with Hallmark Abstract President Michael Haltman’s participation in the Long Island Fight for Charity, the firm is auctioning off a one-night stay in two luxurious rooms for up to four people at the incredible Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York!

‘Almost a century ago, financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn built OHEKA CASTLE in the middle of a 443 acre plot on the highest point on Long Island in Cold Spring Harbor, for an estimated cost of $11 million dollars ($110 million dollars in today’s currency). At the time of its construction, the French-style chateau was, and still is today, the second-largest private residence ever built in America. During the Gilded Age of the 1920’s, Kahn used the 109,000 square foot, 127 room estate as a summer home where he hosted lavish parties and regularly entertained royalty, heads of state, and Hollywood stars.’

Did you place your bid for the opportunity to live like royalty?

Oheka Castle Charity Update: New HIgh BId!

Stay at Oheka Castle for Charity!

Would You Like to Sleep Like Royalty in America’s Grandest Historic Castle?

Oheka Castle has generously donated Two Chateau Rooms for an overnight stay including breakfast for four the next morning to the Long Island Fight for Charity.

If you are not familiar with Oheka Castle it is truly spectacular and you can explore everything that it has to offer here: http://www.oheka.com/.

You can learn more about the Long Island Fight for Charity, Michael’s participation and the charities LIFFC has been serving for 10 years here: http://lifightforcharity.org/.

The value of the Oheka Castle package is $790 and a new high bid has just been received for $575!

Bidding will be done in $25 increments so that the next bid needs to be at the $600 level.

The stay is good through 11-25-2014 Monday thru Thursday.

Interested?

Bidding will end September 20, 2013 at 12PM.

Let us know your bid by emailing orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com with your contact information and we will periodically be updating the high bid up until the bidding end date!

If you bid and are outbid you can always enter a new bid.

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Business, Business management

Business and management thoughts from Richard Branson!

Few entrepreneurs have enjoyed the overwhelming success of Richard Branson, making the opportunity to learn from his ideas, thoughts and experiences incredibly valuable!

Whatever line of work we are engaged in, whether it’s running a law practice, a title insurance firm or an ice cream stand, there are certain fundamental business principles that should be driving and guiding us all.

That said, given the career of Richard Branson that has been highlighted by both overwhelming success and by the diversity of his businesses, his thoughts are at the very least worth listening to.

These are some tips concerning business in general from the serial entrepreneur.

1) Guidelines for business 101!

Regardless of any changes in the way that business today is conducted sparked in large part by quickly and ever changing technological advances, there are five fundamental guidelines that Branson adheres to:

1. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. You must love what you do.
2. Be innovative: Create something different that will stand out.
3. Your employees are your best asset. Happy employees make for happy customers.
4. Lead by listening: Get feedback from your staff and customers on a regular basis.
5. Be visible: Market the company and its offers by putting yourself or a senior person in front of the cameras. (Source)

2) Importance of networking early and often!

‘…To get started, attend industry events and meet key players; join regional business associations and start learning about local market conditions. Also remember that you can meet potential mentors at schools, clubs and business groups. Someday, when you get stuck or when something goes wrong, these contacts will be the people you’ll turn to for help. (Finding investors is a step that follows: People buy from people, so if you’re limited in terms of who you can access, talk to and sell to, well, you probably won’t get very far.)…’ Read the entire article here.

3) Tips for growing a small business!

First, know your mission. At Virgin this was often about shaking up the established markets and providing something of great value and service. In Innocent’s case it was about creating great juices to help people lead healthier lives – and doing this in a fun way.

Second, make sure you get the basic structure right. Know what you are going to do. Many times partners can provide the back office, the infrastructure or the raw materials. By building strong relationships with such suppliers, you are free to scale the operations without heavy calls on your capital.

Third, get the right team at the top. It’s hard to get this right first time. Many small businesses fail to grow because they don’t identify team members who can no longer keep up. It’s sometimes necessary to part company with senior managers who cannot develop the businesses, painful as that may be.

Fourth, a strong purpose and a sense of ethics give the company a solid foundation. In Innocent’s case the focus was on leaving the planet a little better than they found it. This simple but effective message resonates with both staff and customers, whether they number 10 or 500 people.

Fifth, no matter how big you are, details count. Just as I remain obsessive about traveling on our planes and visiting our businesses with my notebooks to chat with staff and check the little touches that make our experience unique, Richard Reed and his partners do the same. They regularly check everything from the lids on their bottles – which ask customers to “enjoy by” and not “use by” a certain date – to the carpets in their offices, which are a distinctive Astroturf.

Finally, listen to your customers and act on what you hear. I’ve always asked our staff for their views and now I track our social media channels to see how our business and brand are doing. Innocent makes a virtue of asking their customers for their views. They use the feedback to inform growth and keep them connected. Read the entire article here.

Michael Haltman, President
mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com
516.741.4723
http://www.hallmarkabstractllc.com

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