Mitch Drimmer is a respected thought leader in his field and has led numerous continuing education classes in collections, His articles have been published in key trade journals and newspapers, and he is a speaker at educational seminars. Drimmer is also a former board member of the Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP) and earned his company the distinguished FCAP Reader’s Choice Award for collections four years in a row. Throughout his career, Drimmer has worked with community associations to help them see their way through tough times, especially during the real estate crash. He is a passionate advocate for community associations and has participated in the legislative process over the years trying to bring fair and equitable legislation that serves community associations.

Drimmer earned a BA in History from Hunter College and served as CEO of Drimmer Industries, Inc. in New York City for 35 years.

Calling debtors is always a difficult and sensitive task especially for those people who are delinquent on their Condo or HOA maintenance fees. People are very sensitive about their homes, as they well should be, and calls of this nature can be very disturbing. However, in order for a community to be able to operate properly everybody has to pay their fair share. So how should a call like this sound like?

 

The most important thing for a professional collection caller to know are the rules that are established by the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Any company who is making these calls must first put the caller through an intensive course and be sure that they have earned the proper certifications. Collections for condos and HOAs should be of a consultative nature and non threatening. Of course the caller must advise the debtor about the consequences of continued non payment and the benefits of getting their debt paid but there is so much more that they can do for the debtor.

 

Our company is embarking upon a program where we will be talking to debtors about their financial situations and suggesting ways by which they can remove themselves for the cycle of pain that out of control debt can cause. We will speak to them about credit repair, government assistance that they may be eligible for and even some employment advise. We are even working on a program where we will refer them to places that can help them put together job resumes and find employment or training. People who are stuck in condos or HOAs that they cannot afford are looking for ways to sell their property and get out from under this crushing debt. We have a program where we will refer them to a real estate company so that they can put their home on the market and possibly work out a short sale with the bank.

 

We have learned that the best way to get a debtor to pay their condo or HOA maintenance fees is by helping them in a more personal way. Help them help themselves. Condo and HOA collections are not about abuse but about reaching out and giving people another chance to get on their feet.

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