Safeguard Promotes Compliance in New Jersey
New Jersey State League of Municipalities
98th Annual Conference
Atlantic City, New Jersey
November 19-21, 2013
A year after Superstorm Sandy, more than 17,000 elected officials and municipal representatives gathered in Atlantic City for the 98th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference. The event was titled “Navigating Recovery and Renewal”, a theme that was discussed throughout the three-day forum.
Michael Halpern, director of community initiatives, and Heather Lazar, community relations liaison, both at Safeguard Properties, met one-on-one with various jurisdictions across New Jersey. They provided innovative solutions in dealing with the growing number of local vacant property registration ordinances and recent legislation expediting the state’s foreclosure process, which directly affects the efforts of Safeguard and its client network.
Approximately 1,200 jurisdictions have subscribed to Compliance Connections®, but less than 30 are from New Jersey. Outreach to municipal representatives is critical, and Halpern and Lazar shared the industry’s message and proactive interests to maintain vacant properties and protect neighborhoods.
During a session titled “Preventing and Mitigating the Impact of Foreclosures”, Halpern shared an overview of foreclosure procedures, national and state foreclosure trends, processes to protect collateral interests, and the importance of partnership with communities. The industry’s compliance with local standards was noted as the prevailing measure.
On behalf of Safeguard, Halpern and Lazar welcome the new relationships formed in Atlantic City, and look forward to working with the jurisdictions throughout New Jersey.
Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. Founded in 1990 by Robert Klein and based in Valley View, Ohio, the company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions. Safeguard employs approximately 1,700 people, in addition to a network of thousands of contractors nationally. Website: www.safeguardproperties.com.