Safeguard Launches Fast-Track Legislation Resource Center

As the concept of fast-track legislation for vacant and abandoned properties gains momentum, Safeguard Properties has launched its Fast-Track Legislation Resource Center, which consolidates legislation in an interactive map tool.

This new tool will help asset managers and real estate owned professionals stay abreast of the latest fast-track legislation. The user simply clicks on a state to see what fast-track laws have been enacted or are under consideration. It also offers links to applicable media coverage.

Users can also quickly access a final fast-track bill’s text and legislative history.

An important component to fast-tracking vacant and abandoned properties is the ability to determine if a property is a candidate for the expedited process. To help with this, the resource also highlights definitions of “vacancy” or “abandoned” within each piece of legislation.

“We felt it was important for Safeguard to take the lead and invest the time and resources in researching and consolidating fast-track legislation so that it can be easily shared,” says Alan Jaffa, CEO of Safeguard, in a release. “Lawmakers and business leaders are searching for ways to rebuild communities, and our hope is that this tool will be a useful resource to help stabilize at-risk neighborhoods and stem blight.”

Robert Klein, founder and chairman of Safeguard, has long been a proponent of the fast-tracking concept, the company says in its release.

Michael Halpern, director of community initiatives for Safeguard and whose department spearheaded the Fast-Track Legislation Resource Center, says reducing foreclosure timelines for abandoned and vacant properties is important because it “returns the property to productive use” in a shorter time frame, “which benefits neighborhoods and the community as a whole.”

“By making state-by-state fast-track legislative information universally accessible, new doors will open to create even more solution-driven conversations,” Halpern says.


Company Selected To Handle Disposition Of Properties

Frisco, Texas-based Matt Martin Real Estate Management LLC (MMREM) says it has been chosen by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) to manage the disposition of owned real estate assets acquired by the TDHCA through its housing finance support programs.

MMREM, a diversified national real estate services firm, was selected for the two-year contract after a thorough request for proposals process by the state agency, which also picked a Houston-based company to participate in the program.

MMREM provided detailed information on its experience in asset disposition, title, closings, property valuations and field services, as well as on the capabilities of its online auction platform, RealtyBid, which the company acquired in late 2014. According to MMREM, RealtyBid has sold more properties since its founding in 2001 than any other website.

MMREM has hands-on experience managing diverse portfolios of real estate within Texas for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the U.S. Marshals Service, and private-sector and commercial clients.


Amie Sparks-Beebe Named CEO Of A2Z Field Services

Amie Sparks-Beebe has been named president and CEO of A2Z Field Services, replacing current CEO Bill McMullen, who recently announced his retirement.

Prior to her promotion, Sparks-Beebe served as senior vice president of the company. In that role, she was responsible for core business operations, including resource and organizational planning, process improvement, sales and service development, and technology integration.

The company says in a press release that the transition will be seamless. In her new role, Sparks-Beebe will additionally be in charge of developing and implementing growth strategies and initiatives, as well as financial planning. She is based out of A2Z’s corporate office, located in the Columbus, Ohio, area, and oversees three regional offices in Ohio, Texas and North Carolina.

“I take great pleasure and pride in promoting Amie Sparks-Beebe to CEO of A2Z,” McMullen says in a release. “Her accomplishments over the past 11 years have made her the obvious choice for this position. Her talents, energy and commitment to excellence have been a driving force within our organization, and I look forward to the continued growth of A2Z under her leadership.”

“It’s with mixed emotion that I leave my position at A2Z,” McMullen adds. “But, there is a time for everything, and I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Amie that she will continue to move our business forward.”

A2Z Field Services is a nationwide field services company providing property inspection, preservation, REO and market-ready services.


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