Robert Klein

Robert Klein

Chairman of the Board and Founder
Robert Klein is the founder and chairman of the board for Safeguard Properties. Under Robert's leadership as CEO, Safeguard grew from a handful of employees in 1990 to over 900 today, with an extensive network of contractors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Robert developed Safeguard around the motto "Customer Service = Resolution" with the mission of creating a company focused on client satisfaction and strong business relationships. Robert assumed the role of chairman in May of 2010.

Since Safeguard's inception, Robert has developed and maintained a reputation as an innovator and is recognized as a leader and an advocate for the industry. Robert continually focuses his attention on initiatives affecting our clients, providing current and relevant industry information and offering creative solutions to meet their needs.

Robert serves as chair of the National Vacant Properties Registration Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). He also represents not only Safeguard, but the industry as a whole, in national associations including MBA, USFN, CMBA and REOMAC. He has been a session leader and panelist at their yearly conferences, in addition to being the primary sponsor of the annual National Property Preservation Conference, which began in 2004. In 2009, Robert received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award. He won both in the northeast Ohio region in the category of professional services and asset management firms, and nationally in the servicing category.
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An encouraging trend has emerged in Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Jersey, which have adopted statewide vacant property regulations that provide guidance to municipalities to uniformly combat blight in their cities.
Although mortgage servicers hire field service companies to preserve these properties, the property will deteriorate without a tenant or occupant no matter how much maintenance work is completed.
The mortgage industry and its field servicing partners can utilize the lessons learned from Katrina to protect and restore collateral assets damaged by Sandy.
Both bills validate the work field services companies do to maintain properties on behalf of their clients to maintain properties in their portfolios and reduce blight in communities across the country.
Since the collapse of the real estate markets, municipalities and non-profit organizations have created large-scale programs to address vacancy and blight within neighborhoods. Historically, these programs have focused on home-ownership retention through support of Federal Programs such as NFMC and HAMP, or the resolution of properties through HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. However, the continued prevalence of pre-foreclosure assets is hindering the recovery and new...
No single solution will repair the damage done by the lingering housing crisis. And “one-off” loan-by-loan solutions can’t happen fast enough to make an impact on the fragile housing stock that balances at a tipping point in cities across the country.
The mounting inventory of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties has impacted and created new opportunities for communities. In response, all sectors of the mortgage servicing industry have joined to review, create and implement innovative responses. This diverse panel will share their unique perspectives and professional insights as they examine current trends and strategies related to asset disposition. Strategies and successes to addressing low to no-value homes include, but are not...
When we turn the calendar to 2012, the U.S presidential race will heat up. America's housing crisis is certain to be a hot campaign issue, and we will have no shortage of suggestions to stabilize communities—from expanded programs to purchase and redevelop vacant and foreclosed properties, to assistance to either buy a home or prevent foreclosure.
The fight against vacant blight continues in communities across the nation, and property disposition is central to finding a solution. In this session, Safeguard Properties founder and chairman Robert Klein will lead the discussion on current trends in low-value property disposition and short sales.
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