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This website is available to make Medina County residents aware of the steps that can be taken to avoid foreclosure. It is also a resource to provide general foreclosure information.
By Pat Geissman, Chair
Upon checking records, I found that we had 856 foreclosure filings in
I contacted local bankers, real estate brokers, members of the county’s Housing Network, and others that were concerned about the high rate of foreclosures in
We decided to dig our heels in and go to work! An analysis of the available foreclosure information at the regional, state or national level did not provide
The taskforce has developed this foreclosure prevention website for assistance. The taskforce is also working on a continuing public awareness campaign through our speakers bureau who are available to speak at clubs and organizations and who will encourage homeowners who are faced with foreclosure to seek help as soon as possible. The
In 2008, our county auditor and taskforce member Mike Kovack, after extensive research partnered with ESOP to assist homeowners having difficulty with their mortgage payments in Medina county. This partnership has become the most effective form of assistance to help howmowners facing the foreclosure dilemma. Through the auditor's website, the fastforce's website, press releases and other publicity including TV presentations, as well as many newspaper and other local publications, his office receives requests for help on a daily basis.
The success of his program with ESOP and partnership with the Medina County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce has made Medina County stand out in Ohio for taking the leadership in dealing with the results of the current economic crisis.
The taskforce had promoted other state and local agencies in our first year of organizaiton, but thos agencies tended to refer people further, causing confusion. The taskforce now recommends the County Auditor's office as the first step in obtaining assistance.