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New foreclosure filings are rising again as limits are lifted (iStock)Claire Smith hesitates to call herself a landlord. At least, she said, not a “corporate landlord.”Growing up in Brooklyn, she had heard East New York was one of those neighborhoods you avoid. But upon working there, she grew to appreciate the tight-knit community and later purchased a two-family home on a $36,000 salary through a now-defunct city program. The $1,300 a month from her rental unit made it possible.Within a few years, however, Smith was thrust into foreclosure after her tenant lost a city subsidy and could no longer pay rent. Desperate to save her home, she won an eviction in Housing Court — where a judge once mistook Smith, who is Black, for a tenant.Over the years, new tenants moved in, but Smith is still fighting off the same foreclosure effort, by HSBC. Her odds got worse when her tenants lost their jobs in the pandemic. Although Smith and her tenants applied for rental assistance through an emergency state program set up for exactly these situations, the agency doling out the funds has not responded, she said.ADVERTISEMENTOther potential reprieves are unavailable to Smith. Her mortgage is federally backed, making it eligible for deferral of payments, but HSBC is not participating in that program.Smith has not heard any update on her case since the courts shut down in late March, after which Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended foreclosures. She does get daily calls from house-flippers and private equity firms — “vultures,” she calls them — aware of her precarious status. Unpaid mortgage bills are accumulating with interest, she said.“I’m just waiting for the foreclosure to be executed, and I have no idea where I stand in this process,” said Smith. “I want to stay on my mortgage — I’m invested in the community, I’m not a flipper. But it doesn’t matter, because I’m just a file.”Since April, nearly 1,400 foreclosure cases have been filed in New York City — mostly on homes with one to four units — in anticipation of the governor’s moratorium ending. Holes in the state’s protections leave some homeowners vulnerable, and new court protocols can have the effect of excluding them from foreclosure proceedings.An analysis by the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, a nonprofit that advocates for racial and economic justice in housing policy, found 517 foreclosure cases were filed in September, the most since March, and have increased for five consecutive months.The greatest concentrations were in the usual epicenters of housing distress: east Brooklyn, southeast Queens and the Bronx. In Brooklyn, 135 cases have been filed since April in Ocean Hill, 89 in Canarsie and 79 in East Flatbush. Saint Albans, Queens, has had 64 and Pelham Gardens, Bronx, has had 43.When the coronavirus swept through New York in the spring, the courts were closed altogether, which immediately stopped foreclosure filings. A court order barred any new foreclosure action until after June 20, but an executive order allowed cases to be filed if the borrower was not eligible for unemployment benefits or faced no financial hardship from Covid-19.Counselors who work with homeowners behind on payments blame that exception for the rise in foreclosure filings.Some homeowners who were in default in March but may have been on the path toward becoming current were hit with a government-mandated shutdown — and were also shut out of relief because their troubles preceded Covid.Yangchen Chadotsang, of Chhaya Community Development CorporationYangchen Chadotsang, a counselor at Chhaya Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that does foreclosure prevention work, said community organizers were shocked at lenders’ “lack of understanding” with borrowers who did not fit neatly into the forbearance program requirements.“It doesn’t make sense,” she said. “If someone was behind on their mortgage, and Covid made it even worse, how could they not provide the forbearance to them?”Chhaya is working to reach Queens borrowers facing foreclosure, especially those in the Southeast Asian community. The language barrier has made it more difficult for immigrant communities to keep up with rapidly changing policies.The nonprofit translates materials on options for struggling borrowers, but must compete with the house-flippers, deed fraudsters and attorneys who pitch their services to the desperate, and charge them exorbitantly.The inundation of deceptive offers can make it difficult for foreclosure prevention counselors to reach clients because they are sometimes confused for fraudsters. That skepticism is warranted, according to Chadotsang.“It’s very important for homeowners to be cautious — they get a number of letters on a daily basis,” she said.The public filing initiates a flurry of offers to purchase the home in cash, to modify the loan or to provide costly legal services.A 2018 report found that foreclosures fuel house-flipping — purchasing a house and rapidly selling it. The authors argued the practice erodes affordability by inflating home prices, especially in east Brooklyn, southeast Queens and the Bronx.Jacob Inwald, Legal ServicesMany of the recent foreclosure filings were “teed up” before the pandemic, said Jacob Inwald, director of foreclosure prevention at Legal Services. Cases involving borrowers who in March were already headed for foreclosure are now working their way through the court system.“Until fairly recently there couldn’t have been any filings because the state court system wasn’t accepting them,” Inwald said. “Now filings are gradually resuming, although the pace is picking up.”The courts require a conference be scheduled for parties in foreclosure cases before any motions. But legal providers say homeowners often don’t receive notice and go unrepresented at the conferences. Some courts delegate to the foreclosing party the responsibility of notifying defendants. In a July letter, Legal Services criticized the practice and pointed out that not all defendants have internet access to attend remote conferences.As the courts get back into gear, Inwald fears an influx of foreclosures will erode minorities’ home equity — which they have built at rates far behind whites.“Foreclosures disproportionately impact communities of color — you can go into any foreclosure court, look around you and see who the defendants are,” said Inwald. “We anticipate the next wave will be no different.”Contact Georgia Kromrei Full Name* Email Address* Message*
THIS IS A PROMOTED POST The infamous 2020 is the year of social distancing. Limited travel. Working from home. Dogs barking at the mailperson. Videoconferencing fatigue. No doubt, today, there’s a certain “art” to being present. How do you stay engaged in our current climate of 2D meetings and, er, less-than virtual meetings and events? Almo Pro A/V and ARHT Media (pronounced “art” media) are on a mission to make “staying present” happen through ARHT Media’s hologram technology — a unique solution that AV teams can work with Almo on to bring to clients for exceedingly better virtual experiences.Through ARHT’s HoloPresence tech and a newly announced platform called HoloPod, distributed through Almo, AV and IT teams are empowered to bring more engaging virtual experiences to their customers. It delivers on something that’s always created intrigue for the end user since it first showed up in the movies: the ever-elusive “hologram.” If you’re a technology purist, you know that holograms, in their truest sense, have yet to be realized. But ARHT Media has accomplished what, to the average user, very much appears to be one — inspiring minds and creating awe in the process.When Almo and ARHT decided to have a webinar called “The ARHT of Being Present with HoloPresence Technology” to discuss the technology, it couldn’t be just any ol’ webinar. So, naturally, Andrew Dorcas, SVP of global sales at ARHT Media, came to us live from Toronto as none other than … a hologram. Via the Virtual Global Stage (VGS), powered by patented transmission software known as ARHT Engine, we were able to see Dorcas at full scale as he gave us the lowdown on HoloPresence and offered some key perspectives on how meetings have changed this year.How the technology works:After learning about the ARHT ecosystem, it was time to dig into the “why” of this webinar. We got into some great learnings and points of discussion. Here are a few you should know:Meetings have changed drastically, and hybrid experiences are growing, growing, growing. “Hybrid” is the new buzzword — and soon-to-be-fully-realized hybrid events and experiences (with some participants in physical locations and some participants in remote locations, like at home) will only continue to balloon. Gone are the days when we can ignore, or even deprioritize, remote participation in any event — even something like an AV industry trade show that has, traditionally, only accommodated for the main in-person event. Ultimately, this is all for the better; it will force us all in the industry to be more creative in how we innovate our AV experiences around time and geography.More than 50% of communication is nonverbal. It’s not just about getting more people to the stage/meeting itself. It’s about creating engaging experiences when we’re there. Viewing a hologram presenter (as opposed to a flat, 2D image) improves key presentation elements — like engagement, recall and brand value — as viewers can see and read body language. I don’t think anyone would argue that it’s worlds more effective than the web conferencing we know now, staring at a screen full of talking heads.Customer expectations are changing. There’s no turning back; after this year, there will only be more heightened end-consumer expectations that technology can accomplish practically anything (no, really) in the virtual-event space. People will be looking for — and will perhaps start expecting — more elevated remote experiences. As we inevitably move into more virtual and hybrid events, customers will want flexibility and more options; hologram technology affords customers the opportunity to get creative and engage more participants and presenters, both remotely and in person — whether one to one, one to many, many to one, or many to many.See related SpinetiX and Almo Pro A/V Announce Distribution Partnership for US MarketThink of these points as ARHT Media’s value propositions, as discussed next in the webinar:1) Breaking the barriers of time and geography. 2) Creating “wow” moments at home. 3) Offering our customers new innovations and high tech.Imagine the possibilities when you can invite prospective speakers to the “stage” who no longer need to get on a plane and physically travel to an event — they need merely to “beam into” it via a studio equipped with this transmission solution. (A one-up for the planet, as well.) It’s a lot simpler than you think too: The network ecosystem (check that screen shot we included above) uses ARHT’s proprietary technology, capture studios — with open-market AV equipment and studios many partners and end-user clients already have — and standard projection equipment to transmit signals, simply, via the internet.Why This MattersThere’s an argument to be made that hologram technology can be used anywhere to make in-person and virtual experiences better. Take this webinar! How much more engaging was it to watch Dorcas present as a real person, not a flat image behind the videoconferencing platform, with a near-real “presentation stage” behind him? You have to attribute some of that success to the fact that our eyes received the information in a unique, visually interesting format, being able to see Dorcas and read his cues. I also attribute some of my engagement to Dorcas’s sense of humor and knack for presenting — he had some fresh jokes that were really on cue.Anyway, picture this technology benefitting some of the busiest and most sought-after industries for sales in AV: higher education, live events, advertising and entertainment, healthcare, corporate spaces, meeting spaces — you name it. If this sort of thing intrigues you, there are a few things you can do next to learn more about ARHT’s 3D holographic display technology:Read Almo’s three-part blog series:Part 1: Now Is the Time for Hologram Technology — Here’s WhyPart 2: Wait, What Is Holographic TelePresence Technology Again?Part 3: What Are the Applications for 3D Holographic Display Tech?Watch the Almo webinar we reviewed in this article.Bookmark the AlmoProAV.com/Holographic-Telepresence tab.Then get in touch with an Almo SDM (services development manager) via the third link I provided above. Your rep will be listed by region on the beautifully color-coded map at the bottom of that Almo microsite.