Please join the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the American Society of Housing Executives (ASCHE), the National Real Estate Institute (NREI) in a mission to build the capacity of Pennsylvania Residential Mortgage Diversion Courts.

If you are a housing counselor or an attorney who is currently practicing (or intend to practice) before the  Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion Court(s), you will want to attend this 2-day training!

There is no cost to you as PHFA is sponsoring the class. In addition, you can earn up to 15 CE’s for counselors; 15 CLE’s for attorneys (if you participate in all three classes). Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Location:

Urban Affairs Coalition

12ll Chestnut Street

2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

June 10, 2019 and June 11, 2019 (8:00 am to 5:15 pm)

15 CE’s/CLE’s (all classes)

NREI 110 Legal Referrals and Limited Representation

This course is designed to instruct the participant on the limits and extent of the role of the counselor, attorney(s), conciliators, and others involved in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion Programs; how to identify and refer legal matters as they arise; and to explain the concept and effect of limited representation when used in foreclosure-related matters.

Date: June 10, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 4.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 4.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

NREI 111A Negotiation Strategies with the Consumer 

This is a 4-hour training session on “Negotiation Strategies with the Consumer” (providing comprehensive instruction on negotiating with the consumer in understanding current realities, compromise, and willingness to sacrifice in preparation for Servicer negotiation of loss mitigation options (in the context of court-imposed time lines). This instruction will be provided to counselors practicing in the PHFA network and to attorneys practicing before the  Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion courts in Pennsylvania. This course includes a summarized version of NREI 203 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

Date: June 10, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 4.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 4.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

NREI 111B Master Negotiation and Practicum 

This is an 8-hour training session on “Master Negotiation and Practicum” (providing comprehensive instruction and hands-on practical application of proven negotiation and workout package development strategies aimed at foreclosure avoidance; and particularly in the context of court-imposed deadlines). This instruction and training in back office support strategies and will walk students through actual current cases, both instructor-provided and student-provided cases to counselors practicing in the PHFA network; and to attorneys practicing in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Pennsylvania Residential Mortgage Diversion Courts. This course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction and hands-on practical application of proven negotiation and workout package development strategies aimed at foreclosure avoidance; and particularly in the context of court-imposed limits.

Date: June 11, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 8.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 8.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

Course Requirements:

For Attorneys:

While a prerequisite course is not required, this course presumes the participant has a basic level of understanding of mortgage loss mitigation tools and options; and particularly their use in the context of court-imposed timelines.

For Housing Counselors:

Housing Counselors participating in this course are required to be employed at an agency that is a part of the PHFA Network and possess a nationally-recognized certification in Mortgage Delinquency or Foreclosure Intervention; or have taken NREI 107 Mortgage Diversion Practices and Procedures Course.

Instructor: Michelle W. Lewis

A forensic real estate expert, fraud examiner, Michelle has been qualified as an expert in federal court. She is and practicing real estate broker/appraiser with over 39 years in the field. She currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Counseling Service. Michelle has served as a technical advisor on real estate, compliance, and fraud matters to the Office of Housing and Community Development, city of Philadelphia. Michelle is also a principal in a private real estate firm specializing in commercial and investor markets; and that delivers services to governments, attorneys, and other firms by providing expert opinions and testimony, fraud examination, and investigation of questionable practices. She served for 7 years as a technical advisor on real estate matters to the Philadelphia Office of Housing & Community Development, city of Philadelphia. Qualified as an expert in federal court, Michelle brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to the profession and has been a provider of expert advice and testimony to some of the largest organizations in the country, including the office of the US Attorney, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and many private firms. Appointed by the Pennsylvania Governor, Michelle serves on the Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee. In 2000, she founded and served as chair of the Philadelphia Predatory Lending Task Force under which she authored a journal article, “Perspectives on Predatory Lending: The Philadelphia Experience”, in the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Summer 2003, Volume 12, Number 4, for the American Bar Association. Michelle serves as School Director of the National Real Estate Institute (NREI), and currently teaches HUD required courses nationally as faculty of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC); has taught attorneys, officials of the PA Department of Banking, the PA Human Relations Commission, and housing counselors nationwide.

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