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Madrid Consulting Group, LLC

Madrid Consulting Group, LLC

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Minimize Devastating Impacts of Foreclosures on Cities and Communities


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FORECLOSURES INTERVENTION


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Madrid Consulting Group (MCG) – can help by providing critical baseline foreclosure and Pre-foreclosure data, REO’s listing, lender-owned properties, lender Contact Information, lending volumes by lender, related demographic and economic data, homes sales data-trends, and other real estate data – We do it all in a timely manner –and deliver data in an inexpensive simple easy to use MS Access model – we include basic foreclosure terminology and description of process -we also provide valuable GIS mapping of key data – Contracting for this work saves time, saves staff labor costs, pays for itself.

The NIMS is a menu driven database model designed for non-database user that includes foreclosure, real estate, economic, and demographic data and related NSP and foreclosure program caseload and project management tools.

Why NIMS?

The negative impacts of housing foreclosures and the current economic recession on communities is far reaching. Families are losing homes, vacancies and housing abandonment are increasing, the local economy suffers, cities are losing fiscal revenues, physical blight is growing, and there is much suffering among residents and stress by city officials. Cities therefore have much to understand and much to do with little time- and often with inadequate information, limited resources, insufficient staff, and minimal implementation tools. Cities must understand; where the problems exist, the severity, the details, trends, and the resultant impacts. Step one of any intervention strategy requires current, detailed, neighborhood scale information and data management tools.

In addition, certain cities have received a direct allocation of grant funds from the US Housing and Urban Development Administration (HUD) under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and some cities are eligible to apply under the State’s allocation (referred to as Tier 1 and 2 groups) with which to address the foreclosure problem. The State will soon issue a NOFA to eligible cities – requiring cities that have less than $1 million allocation to partner and submit a joint application with adjacent cities to bring the total application amount to $1 million and above- or partner with their parent county. In order to make the strongest case for funds to the State or just implement the housing programs, cities must purchase historical and current foreclosure related data at the address level. Even if cities elect to delegate NSP implementation to intermediaries (e.g. non-profits, private developers, etc.) they still must manage these contractors, participate in major programmatic decisions, and be contractually held responsible for use of the funds.

Whether or not cities receive NSP funds, the goal of stabilizing neighborhoods requires two interrelated steps: solid neighborhood data and a strategic plan. The approach must be based on a plan that will yield the greatest impacts with limited funds and comply with NSP program. Any strategy therefore begins with a solid understanding of the extent and location of foreclosures, the local neighborhood real estate market, local demographic environment, and related local economic conditions – in short good data and data related management tools. This collection, use, and management of data require the following capabilities:

• Good knowledge of varied public and private data providers and wide ranging pricing systems.
• Solid understanding of real estate markets – in order to best structure appropriate intervention
• Technical knowledge of the foreclosure process and related data – pre-foreclosure, REO’s, etc.
• Solid understanding of neighborhood level or micro-economics.
• Knowledge of various affordable housing assistance approaches-as related to data purchase
• Knowledge of database systems – to warehouse and manage program data.
• Adequate knowledge of GIS or online mapping systems – to visualize and understand data.
• Knowledge of technical web-based collaboration and project management tools for city-partners to manage a joint NSP Program and related data sets.

Although there are several public and private data providers and vendors- none provide all relevant foreclosure, economic, demographic data and required data-management tools. Moreover, no data provider helps with data strategies specifically related to neighborhood stabilization and foreclosure intervention. Cities have some required capabilities but too often; all skills don’t exist, it is prohibitively expensive to hire more staff, or it is inefficient to perform these tasks in-house.

The Madrid Consulting Group, LLC has come forward to help cities and other entities gather, process, and navigate the datasphere. We are not only data aggregators and resellers, but also experts in economic development and affordable housing that deliver data-solutions in simple to use database and management systems.

NIMS Key Features

• The NIMS is a menu driven MS Access desktop database model powered by UI Builder Software that designed for non-database user requiring no technical knowledge.
• Caseload management tools for NSP acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition, and disposition activities: case search by various metrics, viewing, editing, summarizing, progress monitors, view and map properties, create reports and more.
• Dashboards (graphical depictions of current key information)
• Mapping search capability
• Task and schedules for project management
• Data sets for viewing and further manipulation, exporting, or printing.
• Custom designed reports
• Selection and cross-tabulation tools for: foreclosure, demographic, economic, business data
• Mail-merge tools: letters to owners, lenders, trustees and others.
• Affordability calculation worksheets
• Program contacts system
• Checklists and hyperlink to NSP and HUD CDBG Guidelines and Regulations

Key Benefits- Increase Productivity and Make Your Data Work for You

• Save staff time and costs of searching, downloading and cleansing, warehousing, and managing data required to: apply and make a stronger case for NSP State funds, implement your NSP program, and help monitor the dynamic foreclosure situation.

• Save cost by providing data at wholesale pricing, facilitate group-purchase, and reduce cost of licensing duplication particularly for joint-city NSP applicants.

• Save cost and facilitate the warehousing and management of large and changing data sets by providing a custom database model without requiring expensive programming or enterprise software.

• Help formulate a more effective and targeted program by providing data with which to prioritize and design appropriate intervention programs based on specific economic and real estate conditions of individual neighborhoods.

• Helps target low and moderate income households for assistance as mandated by NSP.

• Saves staff time related to repetitive, paper-based case management and reporting activities for - acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation, disposition and other program activities.

• Saves costs and provides data useable by multiple city entities:
• City Manager’s and Council Office - reports
• Housing Department – affordable housings and NSP program management
• Community and Economic Development – data-led programs
• Planning Department –economic and community planning data
• Code Enforcement –enforcement
• Finance Department –general fiscal conditions economic indicators
• Redevelopment –data for CRA-led affordable housing programs

• Saves time and helps unfamiliar staff with basic NSP and CDBG regulations, guidelines, and useful checklists by means of hyperlink look-ups.

• Provides a web-based team collaboration and data sharing tool with regard to joint NSP applicants: area-wide data sharing, prospective buyer-renter pool sharing, coordinate and offer larger rehab contractor work-save cost, share creative program ideas, facilitate joint program reporting.

Contact Henry Madrid-562-866-3265 or email www.henry@madridcg.com


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