Cubic Yard Interview

Episode 23 Cubic Yard Interview With Brian Mingham – Founder and CEO at National Real Estate Solutions

I first met Brian Mingham at a Field-Comm conference around five years ago and we found we had a strong common interest in trying to make the property preservation industry a better career choice for contractors. Brian worked in the mortgage banking industry for 15 years and worked for some well known companies such as Countrywide and J.P. Morgan Chase before he entered the Mortgage Field Services industry. Listen in while Brian and I discuss:

How Brian approached the trade organization, NAMFS
Where should guidance and training come from? How to improve contractor training
Nobody has a standard – everyone has their own way of doing things and why it hurts everybody
Contractors are put in a bad spot having to do the same job in different ways
Brian says companies are doing a disservice to contractors
World class training coming to National Real Estate Solutions in 2014
Why there needs to be more background checks
The educational vendor recruiting website being developed by National Real Estate Solutions
Fannie, Freddie and HUD will be forcing change
Client specific training coming online
Generic training portal coming online
Property preservation is a real business and needs to be run like a business
Liability is great for everyone
How Brian plans on keeping contractors working during the coming slow down
Nationals do not set the prices
Banks QC all work
Nationals have Service Level Agreements they must honor
Contractors must run their business like a business
Reputation is a priority
Brain damage and noise
National preservation,inspection, construction and repair company in 42 states
Doing business with Hedge Funds
Pacific Preservation Services
Vectra Field Services
Construction Loan Management Company – CFSI Loan Management
National Real Estate Solutions
Staying relevant while default servicing numbers fall


Resources Mentioned In The Interview

Vectra Field Services
National Real Estate Solutions
National Real Estate Solutions Linkedin Profile
Brian Mingham Linkedin Profile
Pacific Preservation Services
CFSI Loan Management
Fannie Mae
Freddie Mac
Service-level Agreements
Hedge funds


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Episode 22 Cubic Yard Podcast: And They All Went To Jail

This interview takes an entirely different approach from my normal interviews. For reasons that should become apparent while listening to the interview, I did not introduce my guest and we take measures to insure that those involved in the incident of which we speak cannot be identified. Listen to learn a bit about:

field service reps being sued
middlemen being sued
everybody involved being sued
police called to this field inspection
the field service industry is messed up
pro bono services
field reps paid with cash
the joes of the world are taking it on the chin
why there are executive boards
no regulation and fly-by-night but some are getting super rich
could you be an expert witness?
threat assessments
risk management
vulnerability, threat and risk assessment
31 Things Recruiters Will Not Tell You

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Cubic Yard Interview

Episode 21: Interview Mimi Norris, Field Services Business Consultant

Cubic Yard Episode 21: Interview Mimi Norris, Field Service Business Consultant

I feel honored to have the opportunity to visit with Mimi. Although she sees herself as just one of the property preservation contractors, Mimi deserves and has earned the title of The Matriarch of the Property Preservation Industry. Mimi has been involved with the property preservation business for almost twenty years and is largely responsibile for creation of one of the first organizations for property preservation contractors, SIRS (Society of Independent Representatives). Mimi, with others at her side, created and still offers consultation and training for property preservation contractors and offers a variety of certification programs and exams at For anyone looking for consultation services concerning property preservation, more information will be found at Mimi’s site, Continue Reading

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Paul Kruger of The Peerless Service Company

Episode 20 – An Interview with Paul Kruger of The Peerless Service Company LLC in Zimmerman Minnesota

Cubic Yard Episode 20: Interview Paul Kruger of The Peerless Service Company
Paul Kruger captured my attention with a remark he made in the US Field Inspectors & Property Preservations Linkedin Group. Paul”s comment in that group was an indication he preferred Linkedin be treated as more professional than say Facebook or Twitter. Since I am in agreement with that sentiment, I contacted Paul to learn more about him. The initial look-see to learn more about Paul revealed his Linkedin Profile which revealed Paul is the owner of Peerless Service Company, a real estate support services company in Zimmerman, Minnesota. Peerless Service Company offers home inspections, renovations and property preservation. Continue Reading

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QC Talk™

Tue., Nov. 5, 2013 8:00pm Eastern: Paul Williams of

Our co-host this week is Paul Williams, Editor in Chief of Our call-in talk show, QC Talk™, is hosted by Talkshoe. You can join in on any talk show hosted there as a registered user or as a guest.  Why would you choose one over the other? (1) If you join any talk show as a guest, your presence is indicated on the show host’s control panel only as your location which is determined by the area code of the telephone number you are calling with. Continue Reading

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An Interview With Paul Williams, Editor in Chief,

CubicYard™ Podcast: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Interview with Paul Williams, Editor in Chief of
Join Paul Williams and I as we discuss a lot of things including:

How Foreclosurepedia got its name
Joined U.S. Navy out of high school
Met wife in the Blue Ridge area of Tennessee
Paul started because he had a problem getting paid for preservation work
Wanted to put public pressure on those who owed him
Decided that payments to contractors may be a national scale and decided to look into
Was put on track to a lot of information for his articles by a lot of C-Level Managers
Paul contacted BOA, HUD, J.P. Morgan, etc., and found there was a gridlock probably caused by lack of standards
Contracted Mortgage Bankers Association about their property inspection manuals
Continued to contact industry contacts and found that no-one wanted to get involved in setting standards
Designed to be a (1) check-and-balance  (2) an intelligence apparatus
What is an order mill
Gathers information from publically available data
Feels he is involved in a asymetrical protracted war with the property preservation industry
Has no problem with eradication of contractors that are not contractors and order mills
The only national left is Safeguard Properties
CFPB coming in Q1 2014
Paul predicts that by Q3 2014 all nationals will be under umbrella of public companies


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An Interviw With Kim Fatica, Director of Marketing & Business Development at SEAS LLC

An Interview With:
Kim Fatica
Director of Marketing & Business Development at SEAS LLC.  
Due to server problems, the QC Talk™ talk show did not work as it should. That talk show will be rescheduled. Here is the interview between Kim and myself. Kim is originally from Cleveland Ohio and lived there 47 years and has been in Tampa for the last four and one-half years. Continue Reading

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Riley Lane, Homes Investment Group

An Interview With Riley Lane of Homes Investment Group LLC in Cleveland OH


Riley Lane has been involved with the property preservation for 8 years. Riley is a licensed general contractor in the Cleveland Ohio area. His company, Homes Investment Group LLC, services homes from the chimney to the foundation. Riley started a REO and Property Preservation Services Business to supplement decreasing income in general construction industry. Riley has a B.A. degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a psychologist by education and enjoyed working as a  professional cook for 12 years. Continue Reading

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QC Talk™

QC Talk™ for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

QC Talk™ Topic This Week
Southeastern Asset Services

Do you have questions about field services, REO, inspections or property preservation?  QC Talk™ enables inspectors, company representatives, contractors and others from around the country to interact in a moderated real-time talk show. QC  Talk ™ is a live interactive conversation platform commonly called a “Community Call”.  It is everything a radio talk show is – but instead of being broadcast by radio, it is broadcast over the internet. Anyone can call in and talk, ask questions, voice concerns and practically anything else that would be considered acceptable behavior in a pubic setting. Continue Reading

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