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The Mortgage Fraud Task
Force launched by the Southwest Riverside
County AOR and the Inland Valley AOR
almost 5 years ago, recently held a multi-regional meeting during the
California Association of Realtors Mid-Winter Business Meetings in
started as an effort to educate the public,
law enforcement and Realtor members
about the mortgage fraud abuses going on at the time has morphed much
like the fraud we are trying to eradicate. In a general sense, our
mission has expanded to include not only mortgage fraud but elder-abuse
& reverse mortgage fraud, short-sale scams, foreclosure rescue
scams and so on. In short, whenever we c run across a new scheme to
separate people from their money unlawfully involving an element of the
housing market, we hope to be on top of it.
our name has changed to reflect this shift in emphasis to simply the Real Estate Fraud Task
Force. And membership in our
little group has expanded to include Realtors, attorneys, an appraiser,
mortgage bankers and representatives from our District Attorney's
office (who wouldn't even return our phone calls when we
even more exciting is that we are now expanding
multi-regional. I don't know
if that's a good sign or a bad sign but obviously fraud isn't going
away so we need to try to stay ahead of the curve. Last October we held
a joint meeting with the Ventura
Estate Fraud Advisory Team. REFAT
was founded in 2005 for the same reason our group started - to combat
real estate fraud.
Their group enjoyed the support of the Ventura
County DA's Office from the start and their group has held numerous
outreach forums and panels, published a pamphlet for the public and
even produced a DVD on fraud.
joint task force meeting held last week expanded again to include
representatives from Orange and San Diego
County AOR's to learn more
about what we're doing and lend their own efforts to combat this
industry scourge. We have also had representatives from the California Association
of Realtors, specifically
from the legal department, attend these past two meetings.
hope is that CAR will come to understand the scope of the problem and
step up with some money and resources to take the battle statewide. By
lending their authority, their expertise and their budget to the
problem, we feel we could make even greater headway in educating the
public, making members aware of the scams and getting law enforcement
involved from the Attorney General right down to local Sheriffs
while CAR has lent an ear, they haven't lent us any resources YET.
We remain optimistic. We also remain a stridently grass-roots effort at
this time albeit one with a passion. As our task force expands to
include other AOR's throughout the state, we may become a de facto
state level task force that earns the support and participation of our
state organization. Our initial request to at least implement a Fraud
Blog to function as a clearing house for statewide member input fell on
deaf ears but they recently added a link from the CAR.org website to
the ActiveRain Mortgage Fraud Group.
So while we do
not yet enjoy the full support of our state association in this
endeavor, they have at least provided some avenue for members to follow
to learn more about the problems. Thanks to the members of the
ActiveRain Fraud Group who have contributed and continue to post
articles to help educate our members and members of the public on the
perils and reach of fraud. Law enforcement can only react after the
fact - WE are the ones on the front lines who can have the greatest
impact on sparing our clients.
Realtors - we're
part of the solution not part of the problem. Make it so.
Wunderlich - Selling Southwest
California Homes including
Temecula, Murrieta & The Southern California Wine Country
Remember, Don't wait to
estate - Buy real estate and wait.
' Real Estate Fraud
opinions in this commentary are strictly Gene Wunderlich's personal
opinions. While any reasonable and/or rational indivdual should agree
wholeheartedly, the opinons reflected herein may not necessarily be
those of SRCAR/GADBLOG,
ActiveRain, Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage, The Valley Business Journal or any local or state government
or other mental institution.
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