Working Towards a Common Goal

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Foreclosure Gilbert Group HMB Loss Mitigation PR18 Puerto Rico Stern Lavinthal and Frankenberg 2018-11-07 Donna Joseph Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, News, REO  Print This Post Working Towards a Common Goal Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles November 7, 2018 1,449 Views HMB Law Group, LLC, a law firm headquartered in the heart of San Juan’s financial district welcomed two new members to its team. Michelle Garcia Gilbert, of Gilbert Garcia Group and Janette Frankenberg of Stern, Lavinthal and Frankenberg are the latest addition to the team.HMB has been designed from the ground up to meet the dynamic legal challenges of both financial institutions and Puerto Rican community members as the island recovers from the devastating storms. Managing member Rose Marie Book believes “it is the right time to focus their combined strength on providing solutions as the industry comes together to help the island.”HMB is also a flagship sponsor of PR18, an upcoming industry conference that will gather industry and government leaders in Puerto Rico to help design the next phase of the rebuilding process. Read more about HMB’s role in serving the legal needs of Puerto Rico here.“We have the skills and capability Puerto Rico needs today. I was drawn to HMB not only for the immediate good we do today but we will do beyond the immediate needs,” said Gilbert of Gilbert Garcia Group. Gilbert handles a wide variety of legal matters for HMB, given her litigation experience in both default and non-default cases. She has managed the company’s expansion into probate, estate planning, business transactional and corporate law. Gilbert has practiced real estate and business law since 1989, specializing in default servicing legal work, including litigated foreclosures, real estate closings, evictions, and commercial litigation.“I am pleased to be part of such a forward-looking team. I look forward to accomplishing great things together,” said Frankenberg. Her areas of expertise include creditor’s rights, foreclosure law, commercial transactions, commercial law, and REO. As the Managing Member of the firm, she focuses on foreclosure, REO, and related work. Twenty years ago, Frankenberg served as the outside counsel to the FDIC.“With new members and new firm affiliations, HMB will be able to help that many more clients and homeowners recover in Puerto Rico. Our work makes a real impact in the recovery effort,” said Founding Member Miguel Maza. Tagged with: Foreclosure Gilbert Group HMB Loss Mitigation PR18 Puerto Rico Stern Lavinthal and Frankenberg About Author: Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Uneven Road to Recovery Next: Transforming the Buyer-Seller Relationship Home / Daily Dose / Working Towards a Common Goal Subscribelast_img read more

Should there only be one property ombudsman to handle complaints?

first_imgThe leading redress scheme for the industry The Property Ombudsman (TPO) is to tackle head on its own future when Katrine Sporle gives a speech on the Rightmove webinar platform on Wednesday 11th April.She will explain what the government’s ongoing consultation on redress means for the industry due to end on 16th April, including Housing Secretary Sajid Javid’s suggested ‘streamlining’ of the process and proposals to shorten the time it takes for disputes to be resolved. Currently they cannot exceed 90 days except in ‘complex’ cases.The landscape is changing and the industry is under increased scrutiny.”Javid has also hinted that he wants to reduce the number of redress schemes down to one single provider, which would trigger a race for survival among the providers, although he also wants to improve the way the existing redress process works.ShrunkThe number of property ombudsman schemes has already shrunk from three to two after Ombudsman Services withdrew from complaints handling in February, promising to publish a ‘major report’ lobbying for a single ombudsman due this month.This leaves TPO and Property Redress Scheme who still offer a property ombudsman service.“This isn’t just about improving consumers’ experience of making a complaint. It’s also about the role of redress schemes in driving service improvements to ensure that issues are not just fixed, but learnt from,” says Javid (pictured, left).Katrine Sporle is urging estate agents to let the government know what they think about the proposed changes to the way their customers can achieve redress when sales, lettings or property management go wrong. She will also answer questions during the webinar.“The landscape is changing and the industry is under increased scrutiny,” she says.Sign up The leading redress scheme for the industry The Property Ombudsman (TPO) is to tackle head on its own future when Katrine Sporle gives a speech on the Rightmove webinar platform on Wednesday 11th April.Housing Secretary Katrine Sporle Savid Javid The Property Ombudsman TPO April 9, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Should there only be one property ombudsman to handle complaints? previous nextRegulation & LawShould there only be one property ombudsman to handle complaints?That’s one of the questions Ombudsman Katrine Sporle will face when she goes live on Wednesday on Rightmove’s Webinar platform.Nigel Lewis9th April 201801,018 Viewslast_img read more

Jamaica, Honduras among eight more countries to take steps to address climate change

first_imgNewsRegional Jamaica, Honduras among eight more countries to take steps to address climate change by: – November 7, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 17 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Image via: patrickdriessen-blogspot.comWASHINGTON, USA — A week of meetings among countries participating in the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) has resulted in more than $1 billion committed to solving the problems of climate change. On Friday, the Climate Investment Funds approved $ 1.08 billion in near-zero-interest loans and grants to support Bolivia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Mali, Mexico, and Nepal in their efforts toward arresting and adapting to climate change.Under the CIFs’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF), an investment plan prepared by India for $775 million was endorsed. With this financial support, the Government of India plans to kick-start India’s Super-Efficient Equipment Program (SEEP) Initiative by monetizing energy savings that will encourage consumers to buy high efficiency fans; enhance the cost effectiveness of improvements in energy efficiency in large industries and facilities; and enable the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission by lowering the cost of financing and facilitating technology transfer in the establishment of solar parks. The support will also help spur renewable hydropower development, significantly cutting CO2 emissions.“Our goal is to invest in projects that impact social and economic development with significant co-benefits for climate change. By going down this path and with the help of the Climate Investment Funds, we hope to demonstrate how innovative investments and business models can be catalytic to a low-carbon growth model. Leveraging private and public sector funds towards this investment is one of the initial spin-offs,” said Ms. Anuradha Thakur, CTF trust fund committee member, representing the government of India.During the week-long meeting of countries participating in the CIFs, seven other countries’ plans were endorsed to receive $311 million in climate finance.“Every time the CIF committees meet I’m amazed at the commitment and energy level of our partner countries. There is a can-do spirit to these discussions that makes me feel optimistic about our chances to solve the problem. When we think about eight more countries and a billion more dollars coming together – this is a serious joint effort. It’s our privilege to support these partner nations,” said Andrew Steer, World Bank special envoy for climate change.Under CIF’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, two new nation-wide strategic programs for climate resilience were endorsed: $86 million for Bolivia for multipurpose water resources projects in El Alto and La Paz and to strengthen the climate change resilience of the Rio Grande Basin; and $25 million for Jamaica to improve the national risk information platform, data collection and management systems, and raise awareness about the risks of climate change.Under the CIF’s “Scaling Up Renewable Energy” Program, three new investment plans were endorsed: $30 million for Honduras to create an enabling environment for scaling-up grid-connected, renewable energy and for providing off-grid energy services in rural areas; $40 million was endorsed in principle for Mali to scale-up solar PV, mini-hydro, and bio-fuel technologies with a focus on electricity production and productive energy uses for women and men; and $40 million for Nepal to scale-up small hydropower and increase rural electricity access using renewable energy.Under the CIF’s Forest Investment Program, two new investment plans were endorsed: $30 million in grant funding was endorsed in principle for Lao PDR to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation by scaling-up participatory sustainable forest management in all state forest areas; $60 million in grant and credit funding for Mexico to build capacity for sustainable forest landscapes management, create a dedicated financing line for low-carbon strategies in forest landscapes, and to develop business administration and entrepreneurial skills for sound community-based enterprises to meet REDD+ targets.“The question is still: how fast can we scale up these impressive actions being taken at the country level? How can the multilateral development banks keep the momentum they’ve achieved over the past three years with the Climate Investment Funds and prompt even bigger investments between now and the start of the Green Climate Fund?” Steer added.The $6.5 billion Climate Investment Funds are a global partnership of the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, InterAmerican Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more