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Field Services Group Teams With LPS to Launch Code Enforcement Tool

The ""National Association of Mortgage Field Services"":http://www.namfs.org (NAMFS) and ""Lender Processing Services"":http://www.lpsvcs.com (LPS) have teamed up to develop a new online tool that the organizations say will facilitate communication and collaboration between local code enforcement officials and national providers of field services to the mortgage servicing industry.

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The Web-based tool is called ALLIANCE. It will be launched May 1 and will be available through the ""NAMFS site"":http://www.namfs.org.

Code enforcement officials can use ALLIANCE to register and input property-specific information, including code-related issues, potential fines for code violations that aren't addressed, and supporting comments.

NAMFS' participating members then receive this information in real-time and agree to (a) review those violations and initiate contact with the appropriate code

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enforcement officer by 5 p.m. the next business day, or (b) indicate they do not service the property.

Access to the Web-based tool is free to both local code enforcement officials and participating national providers.

For the last two years, LPS has played host to more than 2,000 code enforcement officials at dozens of local summits across the country with the goal of helping the code enforcement community work through these challenging times. Other national field services providers have joined LPS at these summits to emphasize the collaborative nature of this outreach effort.

""Since the first code enforcement summit in February 2009, LPS has continued to routinely bring together local code enforcement and field services companies for the purposes of education and, more importantly, the establishment of communication to resolve local issues,"" said Rob Hicks, first VP of industry relations for the Florida-based LPS.

""LPS realized from its experiences in code enforcement outreach that NAMFS, the industry trade association, was the perfect independent platform to broaden and deepen efforts at working with local code enforcement professionals to solve vacant property problems,"" said Eric Miller, executive director of NAMFS.

According to Miller, ALLIANCE allows for a cooperative exchange of information that enables all parties involved to connect via a common platform and share information before engaging in a lengthy, and potentially expensive, violation recording and remediation process.

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.
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