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OCJ Kids – Paying it Forward

(Published on - 4/5/2017 10:48:50 PM)

During the 2016 holiday season, the Realty Executives Paradise Valley Office was a gift drop site for OCJ Kids. This is an organization that provides services and resources for Arizona’s foster kids. Our amazing agents, clients, staff, and office building friends collected more than 165 gifts for the foster children who live in group homes. For most of these young people, these were the only gifts they received for Christmas.

OCJ Kids quickly became near and dear to my heart. I attended the organization’s training sessions and have started volunteering in a group home. It has been a rewarding and humbling experience so far. I have also pledged to donate 10% of my proceeds from home sales to OCJ Kids—or to another worthwhile charity that my client chooses.

If you are interested in learning more about OCJ Kids, go to www.ocjkids.com.

 


Contact Susan Cossey for Credit Services

(Published on - 4/4/2017 4:44:35 PM)

Do you need credit work to qualify for a home? If so, please contact Susan Cossey today at 623-210-4059 or susan.cossey@summitfunding.net . She can provide personal guidance, expert recommendations, and a tri-merge credit report at no charge. I have personally known Susan for several years, and she knows the credit service industry inside and out!

Susan Cossey is affiliated with Summit Funding. For more information, go to www.summitfunding.net.


County Warns Homeowners to Watch Out for Property-Deed Scams

(Published on - 3/30/2017 11:50:06 PM)

Homeowners should beware of letters going out across Maricopa County that urge recipients to pay to receive a copy of their property deeds, the county Recorder’s Office says.

The official-looking correspondence comes from companies that have been sued, fined and banned in other states for deceptive practices. The companies listed on the letters are:

  • Local Records Office
  • First Documents
  • National Record Service, Inc.

But other companies also engage in the practice.

The letters urge homeowners to send a check between $59.50 and $89. They promise to return a certified deed and, sometimes, a property profile that includes information such as parcel numbers, nearby home values and local schools.

The information is already available to the public for much less money, or even for free.

The design of the letters is misleading, said Maricopa County Recorder’s Office spokeswoman Karen Loschiavo.

“The document that is mailed to households is not an official government document,” she said. “It does not come from our office and should not be confused for one.”

“If a consumer wants a copy of their deed, they can go directly to our website and order one for themselves without paying the large fee that these documents claim that the consumer needs to pay.”

The Recorder’s Office, which stores deeds and other documents related to properties throughout the county, charges $1 per page, meaning that the average deed costs less than $20, Loschiavo said.

Though it may be a good idea for homeowners to have a copy, it’s not legally required, she added.

“That’s the point of the Recorder’s Office. We hold the public record so it’s always available to them if they need it,” Loschiavo said.

Homeowners can request copies of their property records from the Recorder’s Office by calling 602-506-1511 or visiting recorder.maricopa.gov.

Click on “Recorder” and “Search Recorded Documents,” enter your name, click on the document you want and select “Buy Document” at the bottom.

Government attorneys have gone after these companies—and others like them—across the country. Complaints to the Better Business Bureau show homeowners in many states never received the documents for which they paid.

Attorneys general in Indiana and Iowa have banned National Record Service Inc. from soliciting residents there. Government officials in New York, Nebraska, Iowa, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have warned consumers against requesting deeds from First Documents. And Local Records Office was forced to pay $3.6 million in fines in the state of Washington.

“These fraudsters sought to line their pockets by selling government documents at a ridiculous markup,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said last year.

“Today, they are being held accountable—victims will get their money back and these scammers will pay a substantial penalty.”

The letters do include disclaimers.

All three received in Arizona display statements that the letter is not a bill, the company is not affiliated with the government and homeowners can request deeds from the county Recorder’s Office.

But the disclaimers are easy to skip over.

The Indiana attorney general lost its lawsuit against Local Records Office in 2014 because of disclaimers.

“We are confident that the victory will restore (the company’s) legitimacy and credibility and put to rest any misunderstandings about the nature of the product or their attempt to deceive,” the company’s lawyer, Jason Massaro, said at the time.

The Arizona Republic tried to contact the companies. They seem nearly impossible to reach.

At least two of the companies’ addresses listed on the letters are mailboxes at UPS Stores.

The phone number for Local Records Office goes to voicemail.

The First Documents phone number repeats a basic greeting and hangs up.

The National Record Service phone number traps the caller in an unending loop of recorded promotions for sweepstakes, travel, cell phones, cable, car insurance, medical-alert systems and a singles hotline.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has received a handful of complaints from Arizonans about such companies, spokeswoman Mia Garcia said.

She encouraged people who have received letters to contact the office.

“We want to know if consumers are being solicited for services and if they feel like they are being taken advantage of,” Garcia said.

Contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763, Tucson at 520-628-6504, or outside the metro areas at 800-352-8431. Bilingual consumer protection staff is available to assist.

Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at azag.gov/complaints/consumer.

by Rebekah L. Sanders

The Republic [March 2017]


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Cooking for a Cause: Joy Bus Diner Now Open in Phoenix 85028

(Published on - 8/22/2016 7:37:50 PM)

Joy Bus Diner has taken over a former Subway shop at 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard in Phoenix. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, with all profits going to the Joy Bus foundation. 

For the past five years, Jennifer Caraway has been driving her Joy Bus, a non-profit, food-delivery truck that brings free meals to patients struggling through cancer and other debilitating illnesses. 

Now, people are able to come to her at Joy Bus Diner. It also functions as a kitchen commissary for Caraway and her two dozen volunteers to make meals for homebound patients. 

“It is called a social hybrid entrepreneurship,” Caraway said. “The diner exists solely for operating our free programs, with 100% of the proceeds going towards our mission. We have delivered upwards of 2,500 meals to date and with our very own kitchen now, we should be able to quadruple those numbers.” 

But banish all thoughts of utilitarian hospital food. Caraway has put together a menu supported by premium purveyors including Tender Belly pork, Hickmans Family Farms’ cage-free eggs, Shamrock Food’s milk, grass-fed beef and Tracy Dempsey Originals bacon brittle. Produce is donated by Crooked Sky Farms of Phoenix, fish by Santa Monica Seafood, and poultry by Red Bird Farms Co. of Colorado. 

The Menu, the Mission: 

For breakfast, there are plates like chicken and waffles with pure maple syrup ($10); handmade butter biscuits smothered in sausage gravy ($6); chilaquiles ($8); eggs Benedict with steak and roasted chiles ($12); and poppy seed pancakes stuffed with fluffy lemon curd alongside fruit and sausage or Tender Belly bacon ($9). 

At lunch, the kitchen sends out dishes like a Cobb salad ($9); classic Nicoise ($10); a patty melt with grilled onions and Swiss on rye ($9); a homemade corned beef brisket Reuben ($9); a double-dipped crispy fried chicken breast sandwiched between two butter biscuits ($8); and a “Honkin’ Huge” burrito stuffed with chicken breast, pinto beans, tomato, onion, chile and avocado, all draped in savory red chile sauce and cheese ($8). 

“The Joy Bus was inspired by my friend Joy Seitz-Butts and her battle with cancer,” Caraway said. “The diner came about as a way to turn our mission into a self-sustainable one. Operating a non-profit is not only labor-intensive but the amounts of begging needed to survive is a full-time job. 

"We knew that we needed a kitchen anyway, so why not use that kitchen to generate some sort of stability for our organization? Fingers crossed, we are right,” she said. 

As the free meal-delivery program has grown, so have the services. Volunteers not only deliver the food, but often stay and visit with the patients. They explain the nutrition of each meal, accommodating custom dietary needs after consulting with the patient’s doctors. 

And the plan is that as patients recover, they can venture out to the diner, and continue to eat just as well. One of the diner’s first customers was Joy Bus supporter Sarah Shapiro, who just had her medical port removed and shows no signs of cancer.

She can select from dishes that are “Joy Bus meal recipient-approved items,” such as bircher muesli Swiss oatmeal with apple and seasonal fruit ($5); avocado toast with poached egg, arugula and tomato ($4); or a power bowl of arugula, quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, tomato, cucumber and sheep’s milk feta in citrus almond dressing ($7). 

The next step: a lifetime of good nutrition. As the restaurant operation gets settled, Caraway plans to start offering free cooking classes at night, so patients can continue healthy diets on their own. 

Community Support: 

Building the diner has been a true community project, Caraway said. “I am the main cook, but we have another full-time cook, and two waitresses, plus volunteer hostesses and prep cooks daily.” 

Fox Restaurant Concepts donated its interior designer’s services for the 38-seat space and supplied tables and chairs, while G4 Builders in Scottsdale handled the kitchen setup. 

Virtually every component of the diner reflects Valley companies giving back, from services supplied by Good Guys Drywall to Arizona's Best Painting, Andrew's Refrigeration, Pipe Rite Plumbing, Roadrunner Glass, Hardkor Electric, Clayton Floor Covering and a list of three dozen more names. 

Other restaurants add their own bit of joy, too, with fundraising partnerships that change monthly. In June, Tracy Dempsey Originals of Tempe donated all sales proceeds from its specialty doughnut muffin to the Joy Bus. In July, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar in Phoenix is donating all sales proceeds from "The Joy Ride," a Jamaican-style punch with tropical fruits, house-made macerations, tonic, tinctures and shrubs. 

This year's azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience has selected The Joy Bus as the festival's official charity beneficiary. As part of the fundraising events, the Nov. 4-6 event will hold an opening-rice reception called First Course on Nov. 4 on the festival grounds at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 

“I do not do this alone,” Caraway said. “I surround myself with some very amazing humans who have not only morphed our mission into more than I had ever dreamt, but help to execute our mission daily. I feel so very lucky to have that support." 

Address: Joy Bus Diner, 3375 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Phone: 602-595-5884

Website: www.thejoybus.org

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 7 AM - 2 PM 

Kyle comments: “Hey, everyone, let’s support this GREAT diner with a cause. I had lunch here last week, and it was amazing! Cute restaurant with wonderful service. I tried the Power Bowl and loved the citrus almond dressing. Please stop in and support this special place.”

 

 

[Information supplied by Carey Sweet, Special for The Arizona Republic]


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