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FAS Outlines Top 10 Property Preservation Predictions for 2012

Field Asset Services (FAS), a provider of pre-foreclosure, REO, and renovation field services, has released its top 10 property preservation predictions for 2012, which focus on providing superior customer service, the need to take initiative to pre-empt future problems, and a demand for knowledge that will open communication and deliver results. Among the company's forecasts, institutional investors will begin to emerge as their interest in purchasing single-family residence REO properties increases, and innovation in the area of mobile technology will be necessary for vendors and contractors to work more efficiently from the field.

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Vacant Foreclosures Saddle Local Communities With High Costs

A study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that vacant properties rose 51 percent over the span of a decade, from nearly 7 million in 2000 to 10 million in April 2010. Ten states saw vacancies go up by 70 percent or more as a result of high foreclosure rates. The elevated number of vacant homes carries a hefty price tag for lenders that must resume ownership after foreclosure, but GAO says it's local governments that are feeling ""significant"" pressure from the rise in vacant properties.

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Tod Phelps Assumes CIO Role at Mortgage Contracting Services

Mortgage Contracting Services LLC (MCS), a nationwide provider of property preservation services, inspections, and REO property maintenance, announced Tuesday the addition of Tod Phelps as chief information officer (CIO). Phelps started his career in the IT industry 23 years ago.

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Mortgage Contracting Services Announces Key Promotions

Mortgage Contracting Services LLC (MCS), a nationwide provider of property preservation, inspections, and REO property maintenance to the financial services industry, has announced the promotions of Judy Mroczka to SVP of finance and Laura Bast Nold to VP of human resources. Both joined MCS in 2007, Mroczka as VP of finance and Nold as a senior human resources manager.

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FHFA Sues City of Chicago over Vacant Property Ordinance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against the city of Chicago contesting a local ordinance that makes lenders liable for the upkeep of vacant homes before they take possession of the title. FHFA says the law encroaches upon its role as the sole supervisor of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and could raise costs for homeowners in the city. Both GSEs have instructed servicers to keep a record of all registration, inspection, and maintenance expenses incurred to comply with the Chicago ordinance.

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Las Vegas Makes Improper Property Maintenance a Crime

Las Vegas has enacted a city ordinance that holds lenders liable for the upkeep of vacant homes even if a default or foreclosure is pending and the borrower still holds the title. Lenders who fail to comply with the maintenance requirements for vacant properties prior to repossessing them could face misdemeanor criminal charges that carry a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Las Vegas, considered the epicenter of the nation's housing crisis, has a foreclosure rate six times the national average.

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Safeguard Receives Distinction of ‘Fastest Growing’ in Northeast Ohio

For the second consecutive year, Safeguard Properties was recognized as the fastest growing large company in Northeast Ohio at the annual Weatherhead 100 awards ceremony held on December 1. Safeguard, which is headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, led in the Centurion category that includes companies with annual net sales in excess of $100 million. Safeguard, which is headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, led in the Centurion category that includes companies with annual net sales in excess of $100 million.

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Mortgage Contracting Services Launches Vendor eLearning Portal

Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a Florida-based provider of property preservation, inspections, and REO property maintenance services, has introduced its Vendor eLearning Portal. The online platform enables 24/7 access to educational modules and reference documents on preservation guidelines as well as compliance topics. MCS maintains a nationwide network of licensed and insured preservation subcontractors.

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To Protect Properties From Criminals, Realis Says Sell Them Faster

Abandoned and foreclosed homes can quickly become hotbeds for criminal activity. Empty houses are looted for copper and appliances, illegally inhabited by squatters, or commandeered for drug trafficking and prostitution. According to Realis Real Estate Software, such activity not only negatively impacts the neighborhood in which it occurs, but it prolongs the time it takes to sell the property. Lauren Roberts, founder of Realis and 25-year REO veteran, says one way to protect foreclosed homes from criminal infiltration is to put them into the hands of new buyers.

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Safeguard Properties Awards Scholarships to Code Enforcement Officials

Safeguard Properties was recognized at the annual American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) conference in Nashville, Tennessee this month for providing scholarships that allowed eight code enforcement officials from across the country to attend the conference. This was the first time that a property preservation company or member of the mortgage industry has sponsored code enforcement officers to attend the conference.

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