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Business Links of Interest for Christmas Week 2014!

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With Christmas a mere two days away and 2014 coming up fast, one or more of these articles will hopefully prove helpful as we plan our business strategies for the New Year!

Attract more real estate clients by eliminating tolerations, practicing extreme self-care – Read more about toleration avoidance or those little distractions that sometimes distract us from the greater task at hand!

Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic) – Because who amongst us doesn’t want to be more productive?

Nation’s Law Schools See Lowest Enrollment Since 1975 – Less than 40,000 for the first time in over 40 years!

Which charity? – If your business is considering becoming involved with a specific charitable cause in 2014, these are some insights that may help.

For questions about title insurance or to compare the title bill for your New York residential or commercial real estate purchase or refinance please visit Hallmark Abstract Service at http://www.hallmarkabstractllc.com or send us an email at orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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The ultimate in New York City living! (Photos)

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Very few Americans live life in the style that whoever buys this New York City townhouse has obviously grown, or will grow, accustomed to!

On the market with an asking price of $114MM it provides all of the luxury that any buyer could possibly imagine and then some!

But remember that $114MM is only the asking price and that you could come in at say $90MM to try and steal it!

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Photos courtesy of Curbed

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What mentally strong people tend not to do!

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Great Life Lesson About Mental Strength by Amy Morin

Mentally strong people tend not to do the following thirteen things! For those of us who own our own businesses or who are working their way up the corporate ladder, there are some lessons to be learned here!

1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

3.    Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.

It takes much practice to hone mental strength!

6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.

8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.

9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.

10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.

12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.

13. Expect Immediate Results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time. Do you have mental strength? Are there elements on this list you need more of? With thanks to Amy Morin, I would like to reinforce my own abilities further in each of these areas today. How about you?

H/T Lifehack

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Blackstone Group, the largest owner of rental homes in the United States! (Infographic)

The Blackstone Group LP, the world’s largest private equity firm, became the largest owner of rental homes in the U.S., acquiring 41,000 homes in the past two years.

In October, Blackstone offered the first-ever “rental-home-backed” security on Wall Street.

The bond is backed by just a fraction — 3,207 — of the rental properties owned by Blackstone. Monthly rent checks from the properties will be used to service the $479.1 million security.‘ (Source)

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Business Links of Interest for Monday, December 16, 2013!

2014

With this the final full week before Christmas and New Years it’s a good time to look ahead to 2014 and new strategies that we might be thinking about implementing or stories that may have an impact in one way or another on our business!

These links are to articles that may be of interest.

Starting the Year Right: Business Development Goals for Every Lawyer – While attorney’s are the target audience of this article, the advice can actually be applied to just about any business!

Listing appointment a prime opportunity to dispel pricing myths, learn true motivation for selling – Once again, while this article focuses on establishing rational pricing expectations for the sellers of real estate, in any business that’s not commodity in nature this process is critical, particularly for new prospects!

55+ Housing Market Confidence Is Breaking Records – As Baby Boomers continue the aging process (the alternative is not a particularly good one) it’s a positive sign for those of us approaching the milestone of age 55 that our options for housing will likely be expanding. At the same time for any number of businesses this growing market segment will provide an outstanding opportunity!

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Title Insurance New York

A short story about business and billing!

At Hallmark Abstract Service very little time is spent having to explain the fees that we charge for the title insurance portion of a New York State commercial or residential real estate purchase or refinance!

One reason for this is the fact that the premium charged for title insurance is fixed and will not vary from firm to firm.

The other reason is more company specific and has to do with the fact that the fees we charge for the non-premium expenses incurred with title insurance are among the lowest in the industry.

For attorney’s who have used other firms or for individuals comparing title bills that fact is clear.

For firms in other industry’s, however, discussions that revolve around billing may arise more often.

We received the following short story about this issue that we wanted to pass along.

The story goes by the name, ‘The Hammer‘!

‘There was a fishing ship in the North Atlantic sea whose engine had frozen up. Despite all the efforts put in by their employees to get the engine started, they couldn’t. They called in an expert to fix the engine.  

They flew him in by helicopter.

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Once on the ship he was brought down to the engine room and inspects the problem.

He studies the engine, pulls out a little hammer from his pocket and bangs it firmly. The engine starts right away!

Everyone is baffled. The expert mails the bill in. title insurance new york and long island The CFO of the company is even more baffled when he gets a bill for $20,000.

He calls the expert and says: “We don’t think it is worth $20,000 for you to come in with a little hammer, bang the engine just once to get the engine started! That must be a very expensive hammer”.

The expert says: “Would you like me to itemize the bill for you?”

The CEO sternly says: “Yes, as a matter of fact, we would!”

Itemized Bill:

$5…………..Hammer

$19,995……Knowing where to strike it.

TOTAL: $20,000.’

Source

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Business Links of Interest for Monday, December 9, 2013!

so little time

For many of us the phrase ‘So much to do and so little time’ rings very true!

And, as a result, we don’t always get to read or learn about topics that may not be specific to our business today and yet are important just the same!

The links below are to articles that may be of interest.

What is Bitcoin? (3-minute video)

Who is this marketing for?

Tips for becoming a market leader

7 Ways to Get Bloggers Buzzing About Your Brand

The 4 Silent Killers of Your Business

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Title Insurance New York

Wanted: A few good salespeople!

Hallmark Abstract Service New York State title insurance

Hallmark Abstract Service is currently in a growth phase and seeks qualified business development professionals who have what it takes to join our team!

If working with a firm like ours sounds like it may be interesting to you:

  • HAS was founded in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis to fill-in the gaps that were left by firms who for a variety of reasons were leaving the business;
  • HAS management has a laser-focus on our clients satisfaction and treats every deal regardless of size as if it is our most important one…because it is;
  • HAS currently has an even split between commercial and residential transactions;
  • HAS underwrites through the Chicago Title Corporation;
  • HAS was nominated Best Title Agency for 2013 in the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings;
  • HAS management cumulatively has decades of experience in title and real estate related businesses;
  • HAS provides our salespeople with flexibility and generous commission splits based on experience and deal flow;
  • HAS will consider those who have prior title experience as well as those who don’t;
  • At HAS there is no corporate bureaucracy to deal with.

Please send your resume to us at orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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Marketing, Foreclosures and Public Speaking!

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What do these three topics have in common? Not that much really but if you are in business and/or involved in the real estate market they all can have an impact on you in one way or another!

Attorney’s and Website Marketing

The first article is focused on law firms and the fact that while many have websites, many more still do not.

When searching for an attorney or anything else on the internet, what is the first thing that many of us do?

If you’re like me it’s to look for a website in order to learn more about an attorney or a business who may have been recommended.

Without a website many consumers may pass you by and, for those who do have a website is it effectively presenting your firm in the most complimentary and productive way?

‘Pump Up Your Law Firm Website’

‘Your law firm website is the core of your marketing efforts. Yet it’s easy to take it for granted. We know how it goes — you spend time and trouble getting it to work like you want, and then you move on to more urgent things. But, really, constant attention is needed to keep your website working for you…’

Read the entire article at Attorney at Work here.

What’s your biggest fear? Is it public speaking?

For many it is even coming in on the list as more frightening than death!

Here are a couple of tips to help get over that fear.

‘Speaking in public: two errors that lead to fear’

‘1. You believe that you are being actively judged

2. You believe that the subject of the talk is you

When you stand up to give a speech, there’s a temptation to believe that the audience is actually interested in you.

This just isn’t true. (Or if it is, it doesn’t benefit you to think that it is).

You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged. The topic of the talk isn’t you, the topic of the talk is the audience, and specifically, how they can use your experience and knowledge to achieve their objectives…’ Read the rest of the article at Seth’s Blog here.

Foreclosures to take even more time……….?

If you live, work or practice real estate law in New York State you wouldn’t believe that this could be possible with the current time to foreclose measured in years and not days!

But it may be!

‘QM Rule Could Extend Foreclosure Timelines’

‘Investors and servicers should expect longer liquidation timelines on qualified mortgages that go into default, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services…’ Read the rest of the article at National Mortgage News here.

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