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The Do You Ever Wonder podcast from Hallmark Abstract Service was created for one purpose...To explore topics that our listeners want to learn more about! To achieve this we invite expert guests to discuss their specific areas of expertise with our host, Hallmark Abstract Service CEO Mike Haltman. We are always looking for input from listeners about what they would like to hear about and learn about. We have spoken with 1-800-Flowers founder Jim McCann, Heroes To Heroes Foundation founder Judy Elias, ’The Everyday Entrepreneur’ Rob Basso, Ellen Leikind of Poker Divas, women's financial literacy crusader Cary Carbonaro, and so many more. We explore subjects ranging from health and nutrition, real estate, personal finance, entrepreneurship, business, career, science, philanthropy, and of course issues we all face in life!Episodes can also be heard at Padverb here: https://en.padverb.com/hallmark1

Do You Ever Wonder...The Hallmark Abstract Service Podcast Michael Haltman

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The Do You Ever Wonder podcast from Hallmark Abstract Service was created for one purpose...To explore topics that our listeners want to learn more about! To achieve this we invite expert guests to discuss their specific areas of expertise with our host, Hallmark Abstract Service CEO Mike Haltman. We are always looking for input from listeners about what they would like to hear about and learn about. We have spoken with 1-800-Flowers founder Jim McCann, Heroes To Heroes Foundation founder Judy Elias, ’The Everyday Entrepreneur’ Rob Basso, Ellen Leikind of Poker Divas, women's financial literacy crusader Cary Carbonaro, and so many more. We explore subjects ranging from health and nutrition, real estate, personal finance, entrepreneurship, business, career, science, philanthropy, and of course issues we all face in life!Episodes can also be heard at Padverb here: https://en.padverb.com/hallmark1

    Do You Ever Wonder About Death? We Speak With Adam Novak About This Final Frontier!

    Do You Ever Wonder About Death? We Speak With Adam Novak About This Final Frontier!

    On April 5, 2024, A 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hit The Northeast (at the 22:50 mark of the podcast)!

    The shaking, in an area not normally considered earthquake-prone, serves as a reminder of just how vulnerable we are as humans to the unexpected.

    Because of this fact, and the normal occurrence of death due to age or sickness, it's important to understand the process of funerals.

    And who better to speak with than Adam Novak, Director of Jerusalem Memorial Chapels on Long Island, about Jewish funeral services. 

    Some of the topics we discussed...
    With most kids wanting to be professional athletes, police officers, or firefighters, how Adam Novak became the owner of a funeral home,How the funeral home business has changed over the years,The path that the deceased takes from the place of death to arriving in the chapel,How the physical look of a funeral home can impact the overall feeling that a family and the mourners have,Dealing with a family and the empathy and compassion that is needed,Technological advances,The cost and pricing of a funeral,Pre-paid funerals and how they work,How one funeral home differentiates itself from the 'competition',Community involvement,Environmental factors,And much more!Some of the basics of Jerusalem Memorial Chapels Concierge Service

    - 24/7 personalized support & guidance from a licensed Jewish Funeral Director
    - Clear and Easy to Understand Pricing
    - A modern sanctuary designed to inspire and increase connection with natural finishes and light-filled, open-air spaces
    - A convenient and central location for Jewish funeral services with easy access to the cemeteries in Suffolk and Queens
    - Serving all Cemeteries in Metropolitan NY
    - Member NYS Funeral Directors Association and NYS Pre-Plan
    If anyone would like to reach Adam...

    Website: www.jmchapels.com
    Phone: (516) 418-7000
    Email: adam@jmchapels.com
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    Do you have a great story to tell?

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    Hallmark Abstract Service...You Buy Real Estate, We Protect It!

    Questions about the podcast, NY title insurance, or the RE transaction process?

    Let Hallmark Abstract Service know at (646) 741-6101, info@hallmarkabstractllc.com, or our website https://www.hallmarkabstractllc.com.

    • 32 min
    Cuban Philanthropy That Delivers Hope - Inside SupportCubans.Life, Hand-Delivering Humanitarian Aid To The People Of Cuba

    Cuban Philanthropy That Delivers Hope - Inside SupportCubans.Life, Hand-Delivering Humanitarian Aid To The People Of Cuba

    A Charity Working To Help Cubans Living In Poverty!

    'According to a 2022 report from the Cuban Human Rights Observatory (OCDH), 72 percent of Cubans live below the poverty line. 21 percent of Cubans who live below the poverty line frequently go without breakfast, lunch or dinner due to a lack of money.'

    And while many people in America are suffering in much the same way, for Cubans who have come to the U.S. the plight of their brethren who remain in Cuba is often top of mind!

    Enter Chazz Menendez who came to America in 1963 with his pregnant mother, as the still unborn child she was carrying.

    I was introduced to Chazz by his and my good friend Valerie Smaldone (Do You Ever Wonder https://youtu.be/lckkDJfc9mM?si=RF1QwyvdtDcIcWWs) who felt that he had an important story to tell. Indeed he does!

    Chazz, in the spirit of giving back to the United States volunteered on the World Trade Center pile for two days, September 12th and 13th 2001.

    After adopting two sons, he was forced to retire from his career as a stunt man due to WTC pile-induced Stage 4 brain cancer.

    But wanting to give back to Cuban citizens living in poverty, he recently founded the charity SupportCubans.Life with the tagline 'People Caring For People'.

    Watch a short video about it here, https://youtu.be/kZg9zp16V7M?si=MSa7riqb9foMlyST.

    In it, Chazz describes what SupportCubans.Life does, and how you can help.

    This is the Mission Statement, '“SupportCubans.LIFE” is a grassroots, humanitarian nonprofit organization that raises money for our team of volunteers to travel to Cuba and also asks people to donate used and new essential products and ship these donations to our storage facility so that our team of volunteers can hand-deliver these donations. '
    Our travel team member volunteers visit and stay in these impoverished areas to connect with these communities on a personal level and to make sure the people receive these donations. 
    The People of Cuba are in dire need of your donations.'

    If you want to reach Chazz his email address is dublezz@gmail.com, and if you have items you would like to send, this is the address:

    CubeSmart Self Storage
    C/O SupportCubans.LIFE
    111 Cedar Street,
    New Rochelle N.Y. 10801
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    Do you have a great story to tell?

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    Hallmark Abstract Service...You Buy Real Estate, We Protect It!

    Questions about the podcast, NY title insurance, or the RE transaction process?

    Let Hallmark Abstract Service know at (646) 741-6101 or at info@hallmarkabstractl

    • 32 min
    Unlocking Residential Financing Solutions: A Deep Dive With Lauren Pastore At Contour Mortgage! Do You Ever Wonder?

    Unlocking Residential Financing Solutions: A Deep Dive With Lauren Pastore At Contour Mortgage! Do You Ever Wonder?

    While It May Not Be The Sexiest Of Subjects, In Today's Real Estate Market Who You Choose To Arrange Your Mortgage Is Critical!

    The Do You Ever Wonder podcast had the opportunity to speak with Lauren Pastore at Contour Mortgage who is a loan originator and sales manager with over 25 years of experience in the mortgage market.

    And, looking back over the past couple of decades, Lauren has not only survived but has thrived through many different real estate and mortgage rate environments.

    Today's Residential Real Estate Market

    Today buyers are facing the proverbial 'seller's market' despite the fact that 30-year mortgage rates have climbed from the Covid-era 2 % or 3% handle to the current 6%+.

    Lack of home inventory is a key factor!

    On March 20, 2024 when the Federal Reserve's Jerome Powell speaks post-Fed meeting, the real estate market will get more direction concerning where mortgage rates head from here.

    That being said, potential purchasers need to put their best foot forward when making an offer and besides the price, sellers will look to make sure that a mortgage will not stand in the way of closing the transaction.

    One alternative is to pay cash, but if a mortgage is being arranged it is critical to work with a lender AND a loan consultant who knows how to get it done!

    Many in the mortgage market with a track record and proven expertise can do the job. We have met them and worked with them through the years.

    But today's guest Lauren Pastore is truly impressive given her deep and thorough knowledge of mortgage products, what best suits her clients, incredible attention to detail that ensures a smooth loan process, and finally her ability to help a potential borrower improve the statistics that will ultimately lead to an underwriters decision! 

    Some areas we touched on include...
    Pre-Qualifications vs Pre-Approval vs Fully Underwritten Pre-approval,Programs for qualified buyers that can lower the mortgage rate by a significant amount,The importance of choosing a loan originator carefully,The role of a loan originator,Overcoming obstacles in the mortgage loan process,And much more!How can you reach Lauren Pastore?

    Email: lpastore@contourmortgage.com
    Phone: 516-385-6759
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    _______________________________________________

    Hallmark Abstract Service...You Buy Real Estate, We Protect It!

    Questions about the podcast, NY title insurance, or the RE transaction process?

    Let Hallmark Abstract Service know at (646) 741-6101 or at info@hallmarkabstractllc.com

    • 32 min
    Combat Veteran Heroes To Heroes Foundation Board Chair and Hallmark Abstract Service CEO Mike Haltman, Appeared On The NonProfit Voice Hosted By Mike LiPetri and Ron Gold!

    Combat Veteran Heroes To Heroes Foundation Board Chair and Hallmark Abstract Service CEO Mike Haltman, Appeared On The NonProfit Voice Hosted By Mike LiPetri and Ron Gold!

    The NonProfit Voice on LI News Radio,  103.9 FM!

    Saturday, March 2nd, Mike Haltman appeared on The NonProfit Voice hosted by Mike LiPetri and Ron Gold! The Nonprofit Voice airs every Saturday morning on 103.9 FM from 8:00am to 9:00am and it seeks to feature inspiring Long Island residents who give back.

    The Combat Veteran Heroes To Heroes Foundation
     
    (If after reading or listening you have questions or might like to learn about getting involved with Heroes To Heroes, reach out to Mike Haltman at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com)

    In addition to his role as CEO of New York title insurance provider Hallmark Abstract Service, Mike also has the honor of serving as Board Chair of the nondenominational combat veteran 501(c)(3) Heroes To Heroes Foundation.

    Heroes To Heroes Foundation successfully saves vets who return home suffering moral injury, and live at serious risk of death by suicide.

    Its one-year program moves these American heroes from suicidal ideation to community reintegration!

    Heroes To Heroes achieves its outstanding results utilizing peer support, spiritual awakening, and reconnection to faith. At the mid-point of the yearlong program, Team Journeys will travel to the Holy Land, Israel. Key to the healing process, the vets visit the holiest sites of many of the world's major religions while traveling with 3 IDF soldiers who fully understand, and often suffer, from the same plight of moral injury.

    The efficacy of the 4-Star Charity Navigator Heroes To Heroes Foundation mission was affirmed through a study conducted by a team headed by Dr. Joseph Currier at the University of South Alabama. The study included both a long-term and cross-sectional study of our outcomes. The study white paper was published and is available upon request (mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com). Dr. Currier is one of the foremost experts in the area of moral injury.

    The Nonprofit Voice at LI News Radio is the only local radio show dedicated exclusively to our local nonprofit organizations. Our guests join us from large, small and start-up nonprofit organizations in the New York area about how they directly benefit our community.

    • 21 min
    Legal Insights: Navigating NYC's Multifamily Market with Tina Miraglia, a Sponsor-Focused Commercial Real Estate Lawyer

    Legal Insights: Navigating NYC's Multifamily Market with Tina Miraglia, a Sponsor-Focused Commercial Real Estate Lawyer

    The Do You Ever Wonder Podcast Welcomes Tina Miraglia, Real Estate Partner/Member of the Firm DL Partners!

    Representing major national developers, Tina knows the ins and outs of defending the legal position of those who are building projects, and who will be selling units to individuals and investors before and after project completion.

    As an attorney representing a sponsor of a new construction multifamily building in NYC, particularly one involved in selling units, Tina addresses a variety of legal issues to protect her client's interests. Some of these issues may include:
    Contract Drafting and Negotiation: Drafting and negotiating contracts with contractors, architects, and other parties involved in the construction process to ensure favorable terms and protect the sponsor's interests.Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring compliance with NYC building codes, zoning regulations, environmental laws, and other regulatory requirements throughout the construction process.Title and Property Rights: Conducting thorough title searches, resolving any title issues, and ensuring clear property rights for the sponsor and future buyers of the units.Financing and Securities Laws: Advising on financing options, structuring loan agreements, and complying with securities laws if the sponsor is raising capital from investors to finance the project.Construction Contracts and Liabilities: Reviewing and negotiating construction contracts to protect against potential disputes, delays, cost overruns, and liabilities during the construction phase.Sales Contracts and Disclosures: Drafting sales contracts and disclosure documents for unit buyers, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and disclosing any material defects or risks associated with the property.Condominium or Cooperative Conversion: Assisting with the conversion of the multifamily building into condominiums or cooperatives, if applicable, including drafting offering plans, bylaws, and other legal documents.Tax Considerations: Advising on tax implications for both the sponsor and unit buyers, including property taxes, transfer taxes, and potential tax incentives or abatements.Warranties and Insurance: Negotiating warranties from contractors and subcontractors, advising on insurance coverage for the construction project and the units, and addressing any insurance claims or disputes.Dispute Resolution and Litigation: Representing the sponsor in legal disputes, including construction disputes, contract disputes, and any litigation that may arise during or after the construction process.How can you reach Tina Miraglia?
    Email: bmiraglia@dlpartnerslaw.com
    Phone: (212) 564-9800 Ext: 401
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    • 32 min
    Jennifer Djurkovic and Commercial Real Estate...A Driven Member of the Holy 29 Massey Knakal Leadership Tree!

    Jennifer Djurkovic and Commercial Real Estate...A Driven Member of the Holy 29 Massey Knakal Leadership Tree!

    Jennifer Djurkovic and Commercial Real Estate...A Driven Member of the Holy 29 Massey Knakal Leadership Tree!

    What is the Massey Knakal Leadership Tree?

    It's the CRE professionals who at some point in their careers worked at Massey Knakal, learned about the Massey Knakal CRE philosophy, and now own or run their own commercial real estate brokerage business.

    Enter Jennifer Djurkovic, owner and CEO of Djurkovic Investment Properties (https://djurkovicip.com/) that is located in New York City but does business nationwide.

    Jennifer grew up in a real estate environment with a family who came to own buildings the old-fashioned way. That is working and then reinvesting their earnings from those jobs into commercial buildings.

    To quote Jennifer, 'It's not your income, but what you do with it!'

    Jennifer cut her commercial real estate teeth beginning with a stint at The Real Deal.

    She then went on to become a broker at Massey Knakal, learning directly from Bob Knakal his time-proven way to succeed at commercial real estate investment sales. Bob has been a guest on the Do You Ever podcast (https://youtu.be/9Vv0jZIZykk?si=zxml65oBlou7T0vx).

    Before opening Djurkovic Investment Properties Jennifer worked with another member of the Massey Knakal Holy 29 Leadership Tree Shimon Shkury.

    Shimon is the President and Founder of Ariel Investment Properties and has also been a guest on the Do You Ever Wonder podcast (https://youtu.be/t_vH_MsW9j4?si=70bA1-uxiiPpvhZn).

    Jennifer, in addition to being bilingual (Serbo-Croatian) which has helped her in many ways, has an extremely deep 'Rolodex' of significant players in the commercial real estate market.

    The bottom line is that Jennifer is well poised to make an impact on the commercial real estate market for a long time to come!

    How can you contact Jennifer?

    By email here: jennifer@djurkovicip.com

    By phone here: (631) 624-3053

    By internet here: https://djurkovicip.com/
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    The Do You Ever Wonder podcast is brought to you by New York title insurance provider Hallmark Abstract Service, and hosted by its CEO Mike Haltman.

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    Hallmark Abstract Service...You Buy Real Estate, We Protect It!

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    • 41 min

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