AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennett Guest Speaker at Phoenix Foreclosure Strategists Meeting


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Foreclosure Strategists:  Phoenix Arizona

Contact: Darrell Blomberg 602-686-7355 or

Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Special guest speaker:  Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett

Some of the topics we will be discussing are:
Duties of the Secretary of the State
Oath’s of Office
Missing pages
Complaint Process
Notaries Public
Training & Commissioning
Can the public attend?
Administration of Oath
Notarized versus Acknowledged
Electronic Notarizations
Complaint Process
Who can file
Missing dates: “My Commission Expires: ____”
Procedural process
Interaction with Attorney General’s Office
Revocation of notary commission
Informal Settlement Conferences
Paula Gruntmeir’s three retroactive reinstatements
Validity of Documents not properly acknowledged
Interaction with Legislative Process
Current efforts
Interaction with Attorney General’s Office
Have you written a guitar parody about Arizona Foreclosures?
Comments on Foreclosure effects on fellow Arizonans
Things we can expect from your office
Things we can do to support your efforts
Thank you!


To further prepare for this meeting you may want to familiarize yourself with:

            Arizona Secretary of State’s website
            Annual Report of the Arizona Secretary of State

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Qualified Written Requests (QWRs)

10-day Owner / Assignee Requests

Payoff Demand Letters

We will be discussing recent updates to Qualified Written Requests laws.  We will look at what the appropriate contents of the QWR should be.  Many people are blindly sending letters demanding every possible bit of discovery.  A QWR loaded with arbitrary demands diminishes the effectiveness of your effort.  Learn to draft a succinct, laser-focused QWR that gets you the results you want.

Well also be studying the key points for effective 10-day Owner / Assignee and Accounting Request Letters.  More details for this meeting will follow.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Special guest speaker:  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

We will be discussing among other things:

Arizona v Countrywide / Bank of America lawsuit
National Attorneys General Mortgage Settlement
Attorney General Legislative Efforts (Vasquez?)
OCC Complaints notarizations and all that is associated with that.

Please send me your thoughts and questions you’d like to ask Tom Horne.  More details for this meeting will follow.

We meet every week!

Every Tuesday: 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come early for dinner and socialization. (Food service is also available during meeting.)
Macayo’s Restaurant, 602-264-6141, 4001 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012. (east side of Central Ave just south of Indian School Rd.)
COST: $10… and whatever you want to spend on yourself for dinner, helpings are generous so bring an appetite.
Please Bring a Guest!
(NOTE: There is a $2.49 charge for the Happy Hour Buffet unless you at least order a soft drink.)


I have set up a MeetUp page. The page can be viewed at Please get the word out and send your friends and other homeowners the link.


I have set up a Facebook page. (I can’t believe it but it is necessary.) The page can be viewed, look for and “friend” “Foreclosure Strategist.”

I’ll do my best to keep it updated with all of our events.

Please get the word out and send your friends and other homeowners the link.

May your opportunities be bountiful and your possibilities unlimited.

“Emissary of Observation”

Darrell Blomberg


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    Mortgage Foreclosure Scams See Huge Spike: Report

    If you’re a struggling homeowner watch out! The chance that you’ll get scammed is way up.

    The number of reported mortgage foreclosure scams has shot up 60 percent so far in 2012, according to the nonprofit Homeownership Preservation Foundation. About 50 percent of the scams involve attorneys or others claiming to offer “specialized services.”

    The surge in schemes comes in the wake of recently launched federal programs that scammers have been able to exploit.

    “Regretfully, every new government initiative spawns a slew of foreclosure avoidance scams, often from the same cast of characters doing business under various names to avoid easy detection and identification,” Colleen Hernandez CFO of the organization said in a release that accompanied the findings.

    In one recent example, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has warned that scammers may exploit the recent national mortgage settlement to take advantage of homeowners. The scammers claim to be government officials involved in the settlement and try to pry personal financial information, Schneiderman said earlier this month.

    In another example, a judge shut down a Santa Ana mortgage relief operation last month after the band of five companies and three websites raked in more than $1 million by allegedly taking advantage of hundreds of consumers, according to the Los Angeles Times. The operation allegedly used two scams: One that charged homeowners thousands of dollars to join a class-action lawsuit and another that for a price of at least several hundred dollars offered to do a home loan audit that would find lender violations at least 90 percent of the time.

    With the threat of foreclosure constantly looming there are many potential victims available for these scammers. One in every 662 housing units received a foreclosure filing in March, according to RealtyTrac. That’s an uptick from the month before indicating that there might be a surge in repossessed properties.

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