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Thanks for Making RE/MAX Number One

by Nate Martinez

Are you on Google Plus?

by Nate Martinez

Are you on Google Plus?

The master minds at Google have done it, yet again...if you have not had a chance to check out Google Plus, then, here is your invitation to join my circle on the newest way to connect through the power of the social media. Google Plus allows you to connect with what is called circles and you have control over who sees what, how much and how you see/view the news feeds - plus it is backed by the power of Google.

Check it out and join me on Google Plus - click here!

Welcome Aboard Gretchen Ravenstein

by Nate Martinez

Welcome aboard, Gretchen Ravenstein!

Gretchen Ravenstein joined our team this week as a full time licensed associate. She is a native to Arizona, born and raised in the Valley and also a long time past client of the team. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Gretchen ran her own local business in Glendale. She has a vast knowledge of the Valley and the real estate market which her clients find as a benefit. Gretchen believes being a Realtor is more than just selling homes - it is about the client, their hopes and dreams. It is a relationship built on trust, knowledge and expertise. She absolutely loves real estate and her performance reflects that. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family and friends. To reach Gretchen Raventstein, you can email her at or 623-643-1018. We welcome Gretchen to our team - congrats on making the move to RE/MAX Professionals!

Nate Martinez speaking live from the RE/MAX Top 100 Event

by Nate Martinez

Nate Martinez speaking live from the RE/MAX Top 100 Event in Denver, Colorado.

It is RE/MAX events like these that enable myself and my team the opportunity to provide fresh, innovative ways to help our clients with all their real estate needs. I look forward to sharing what I learned - please give me a call to discuss your next real estate move.

Arizona Mortgage Lawsuit Scam

by Nate Martinez

Arizona Mortgage Lawsuit Scam

On Monday August 22nd, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a warning to consumers to be wary of any notices or advertisements that claim to offer homeowners facing foreclosure “complete forgiveness of the loan” or other monetary relief if they join a class-action lawsuit.  Such ploys are likely a pretext to collect illegal up-front fees for foreclosure assistance.

“The mortgage crisis is only made worse by predators who take advantage of consumers who are already facing the loss of their home,” Horne said.  “State and federal law ban almost all types of up-front fees for foreclosure assistance. I am committed to prosecuting anyone who engages in this type of consumer fraud, and it is just as important that consumers be vigilant against these types of scams.”

In California recently lawsuitshave been filed against California attorney, Philip Kramer, the Law Offices of Kramer & Kaslow, plus 19 other individuals and companies for deceptive marketing. It is believed the defendants have take over $7 million in fees from homeowners in 17 states, including Arizona.

Notices may be mailed to homeowners or posted on their doors. Typically, the business claims that the fee they are charging is for a forensic audit of your loan documents to see if you are eligible to join the class action litigation.  However, the Federal Trade Commission’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule (“MARS Rule”) contains a broad ban on requesting or collecting up-front fees for almost all types of mortgage assistance, including forensic audits related to foreclosure relief.  Arizona’s foreclosure consultant statute also prohibits companies from collecting an up-front fee for assisting homeowners in foreclosure. 

If you feel you’ve been a victim of an Arizona mortgage scam or any other type of consumer fraud, please contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Consumer Information & Complaints Unit at (602) 542-5763 / (520) 628-6504 / (800) 352-8431.

If you or someone you know maybe facing a possible foreclosure, please contact me today. There are options and we can help. A short sale is a complex process – one that requires the skill of a professional who is educated and understands how the process works. Don't fall victim to a mortgage scam because you need help - call me today.

Source: Arizona Department of Real Estate-Informational Alert 8.23.2011

What Famous Person Lived in This House?

by Nate Martinez

What Famous Person Lived in This House?

Close to 4,000 square feet located in the lovely subdivision of Cobblestone Farms in Maricopa, Arizona, this gorgeous home was once occupied by Bristol Palin.

Now up for rent at $1,400 a month and move-in ready with 5 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living and dining rooms plus a huge family room. Cobblestone Farms features amenities such as a community pool, basketball court, water front BBQ Ramada's, parks and play grounds.

If you are interested in learning how you can be the next one to live in Bristol Palin's house, please email me today - ready for immediate move-in with approved rental application.

Click here to take a virtual tour!

Happy Memorial Day!

by Nate Martinez

Thank you to all the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our great country. On behalf of my team, we want to wish each of you and your families a very happy, healthy and safe Memorial Day.

Freedom's Colors
Red is for Bravery;
blood shed in sacrifice.
Freedom came with lives the price.

White is for Liberty;
Freedom’s purity.
Life be free from God’s decree.

Blue is for Justice;
As vast as the sky.
Over freedom’s land to occupy.
©2002 Roger W Hancock (

Andrea Santa Maria's Story Continued

by Nate Martinez

Andrea Santa Maria's Story Continued...

Thank you all for taking the time to read the story about my niece Andrea Santa Maria – in a 24 hour period of time, this blog has had more hits than any other story or information I have posted! So I thank you for all your support and the out-pour of help we have received so far. However, this is just the beginning for Andrea…

To date, her family has been in contact with ACDL (Arizona Center for Disability Law) and advised to file an OCR (Office of Civil Rights) complaint, due to the School/District violating Section 504. The high school is not making things any easier and my niece is in desperate need of a legal counsel. Based on what they have been told by the ACDL, there are three very important eliminates to Andrea’s case – one is discrimination, intimidation and retaliation. They have an appointment with an attorney today to determine how strong of a case Andrea has, but all of this is going to cost money. Unfortunately, attorneys who specialize in disability cases are few and far between and the ones that do practice in Arizona are incredibly expensive.

To add to the stress of the situation, Andrea is now in need of a very complex medical glucagon test. From what her Doctor has indicated, this extensive test runs about $3000.00. Andrea would have to be admitted into Phoenix Children's Hospital, so that $3,000.00 does not even cover the hospital costs. The family still does not have any health insurance, although they have applied for ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care System), the application process is long and arduous. After multiple phone calls and voice mails, Andrea’s mother has been told there is nothing she can do to push the application along faster, nor can they give her any clue whether or not the application will be approved or denied.

As you can imagine, my niece and her family are physically and emotionally drained. Andrea is due to graduate high school on May 25th– a day that is suppose to be a milestone in a young person’s life has turned into a very sad, unfortunate turn of events which could have been prevented if the school district had tested Andrea properly from the beginning. It is our hope that by sharing Andrea’s story we can change the laws where Special Education needs are concerned, if not more.

In the mean time, any additional contacts, assistance, prayers, words of wisdom or financial contributions are greatly appreciated. A benefit account has been set up through Desert School Federal Credit Union for Andrea. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please contact Sarah at my office for the account information. You can reach her directly at or at 623-643-1015. Again, on behalf of Andrea and my family, we THANK YOU for your continued support! Nate

**05/13/2011 Update**
An account has been set up on behalf of Andrea with Desert Schools Federal Credit Union: Andrea Santa Maria, routing #122187238, Savings #6000091765.

Happy Easter

by Nate Martinez


On behalf of myself and my team, we would like to wish you, your family and friends a most beautiful of Easter Sunday celebrations! Regardless of the many different religious believes available to us in America, it is a day to be honored and shared among those you hold near and dear to your heart. May you each have a special day filled with blessings which will carry with you throughout the year. Happy Easter! Nate & Team.

Congrats to my team!

by Nate Martinez

Congratulations to my team for finishing among the top 10 ranked RE/MAX teams in the Arizona! My team finished #1 for closed real estate transaction and #3 for total commissions earned.

We could not have done this without your help! THANK YOU to each of you who bought or sold a home with us in 2010. Your continued support is what makes our team a success! We look forward to another awesome year in 2011!

If you or someone you know if thinking about buying or selling a home, now is the time. If you want to learn more about cash-flow investments, please call my office to speak to a CIAS Certified team member - we are ready to help put your hard earned money to work for you. Please email or call my office - we would love to help you with your real estate goals! Nate


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