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Business, Title Insurance New York

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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Business, Title Insurance New York

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

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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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Business, foreclosure crisis, Title Insurance New York

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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Long Island Fight for Charity, Title Insurance New York

Video of Michael Haltman in the 2013 Long Island Fight for Charity

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On Monday, November 25 Hallmark Abstract President Michael Haltman faced-off in the boxing ring in support of the three charities helped by the Long Island Fight for Charity!

Although at times it appeared that his opponent was more interested in wrestling than boxing, the event was an unbelievable success drawing over 1,200 fans and raising over $300,000, both records.

In addition Michael exceeded his fundraising goal as well with a final total in excess of $16,000 and is already looking forward to next year!

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Pricing Strategy, Title Insurance New York

Guest Post: Pricing: The Never-Ending Sales Question

In business the question of pricing is always central to day to day operations in one form or another!

In the case of title insurance where premiums do not vary from one company to another there are other fees involved in the transaction that do. The business decision on how to price those fees is one way that Hallmark Abstract can differentiate ourselves from other firms.

In other industries where price can vary and perhaps bids have to be placed in order to win business this question of pricing will run central to the day-to-day decision making.

The following article was written by Adrian Miller who ‘is a Business Growth Architect, sales consultant, trainer, author, avid traveler blogger, columnist, hockey mom, amateur photographer, theater lover, movie goer and networker extraordinaire.

She launched her sales consulting business 26 years ago and since then has worked in pretty much every industry and with companies large and small.’

Pricing: The Never-Ending Sales Question

Effective pricing is a slippery slope. You fear that you are pricing too high and then the opposite, too low. Just like Little Red Riding Hood, we want it to be “just right” but it can often come out wrong.

  • Will I lose the business because of my fees?
  • What if they go with the competition because they charge less?
  • I’ve lowered my price so much I wonder if I’m going to be able to make any money at all?

These questions and others just like it cause us to wrack our brains each and every time that we write a proposal or submit a quote and have to include a price!

It shouldn’t be that difficult! Now, I’m not some pricing guru (and I am certain that there are some out there) but there are a few things that I’ve done over these 27 years that have stood me in good measure. Perhaps you will find them helpful too:

  1. I know my competition’s “rack rate” and although I don’t know how and if they discount their prices, knowing their base price is often enough to help me establish a project budget.
  2. I truly understand the scope of effort that my project will require. There is nothing worse than charging a discounted price and then discovering just how much time and work the project will entail. (Ya gotta ask QUESTIONS before giving a price!)
  3. I understand and believe in my value. (That’s a BIG one.)
  4. I’m not afraid to walk away from a project if the prospect is simply not willing to pay for it.
  5. I am open to negotiation on price but that doesn’t mean simply caving in on their demands. They give a little, I give a little and we all come to a happy agreement on what is fair.

It’s not easy, it requires stamina but you can get it right. The simple fact is that if you don’t, you run the risk of having an unprofitable company and working yourself to death for very little.

 

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real estate, Title Insurance New York

If buying real estate was a board game, here are the rules!

2013 Top 10 US housing markets

The process of buying a residential or commercial property can be daunting!

And, in the same way that we have to learn a great many things in life, wouldn’t it be helpful to have the steps we need to take when preparing to buy our dream home or income producing property right in front of us when planning our next move?

In the form of a board game, here are the steps courtesy of Pat Griesmeyer from Coldwell Banker. (If anyone would like a hardcopy of the original faxed to them simply request it at orders@hallmarkabstractllc.com)

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