Foreclosure workshop is Thursday in Naples

Time of the signs ... this is the kind of scenario Realtors hope to avoid on clients' behalf through being qualified to help with foreclosures and short sales. Another goal is to keep properties from declining while in foreclosure. File photo

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Time of the signs ... this is the kind of scenario Realtors hope to avoid on clients' behalf through being qualified to help with foreclosures and short sales. Another goal is to keep properties from declining while in foreclosure. File photo

— A foreclosure workshop is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Naples.

The workshop at Springhill Suites 3798 White Lake Blvd., will teach residents ways to remain in their home, modify their loans or plan an exit strategy. The Neighborhood Community Foundation is sponsoring the event and David Hicks, a foreclosure defense attorney, will be the keynote speaker.

Foreclosure laws are constantly changing and the goal of this workshop is to catch residents up with new rules, their options and rights, Hicks said. Last year, mediation between the bank and the homeowner was mandated. Instead of a bank simply serving a homeowner foreclosure paperwork, the bank is required to speak with the homeowner about his or her options before landing in court.

“It seems that the lenders are a little more willing to come to the table,” Hicks said.

Mediators often praise the homeowner for coming to meetings prepared and with legal counsel, he said. It is a complicated process and too often people just “stick their head in the sand and wait,” he said.

Other topics at the free workshop include federal foreclosure programs, how to identify paperwork fraud or loan violations and how to protect against foreclosure predators.

The next workshops in Southwest Florida will be Sept. 15 in Port Charlotte and Sept. 29 in Cape Coral.

To register for a workshop, visit http://neighborhood-community.org/.

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