By Christine Springer
I wrote this post in September, and it may have broken my old website, Foreclosure Industry News, where you might have become familiar with my work.
As soon as I wrote it, I realized that FIN was not loading, and that's what led to it being taken down. It was as if my resonance shifted and it was no longer a match with Foreclosure Industry News!
Boom! Just like that, I didn't have my websites anymore. A lot of things seemed to be falling apart this year. Have you noticed the same thing?
This post is very personal, and as I wrote it, I realized it was a major turning point for me. One of the reasons I haven’t been writing much is because I didn’t think I had much to say about foreclosure anymore. Steinberger was the turning point for Arizonans in the foreclosure crisis, and I think it’s pretty clear that the banks don’t automatically win anymore.
In fact, I think it’s swung in the opposite – the courts are more likely to believe homeowners these days. I’ll tell you more about that in another post, because I have some interesting observations to share.
However, I’ve realized in the past few months that I stuffed a lot of emotional pain inside of me from the events of the recent past. It has all started to come into my awareness so it can be healed. I’m talking about blinding rage, anger, frustration, feeling hopeless, and feeling like a failure. It caught me off guard, frankly, because I thought all of this stuff had been resolved. Nope!
I have been working with a life coach this summer and instead of working on my businesses like I intended, it turned out to be a lot of internal work. I didn’t realize it until just a few weeks ago, when my coach pointed out that I probably have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as result of all the things I went through during the recent foreclosure crisis.
Her statement really surprised me, but she was absolutely right. It is time for me and maybe you too to begin the healing process so we can all move on. Your foreclosure may be over and you might be recovering financially, but if you’re like me, you’re finding yourself dealing with some stuff you thought was resolved a long time ago.
In retrospect, I never thought the foreclosure crisis would become what it became. It turned out to be the darkest, most corrupt, and most terrifying time of my life. I don’t think anyone who went through a foreclosure had any idea things would get so bad for us personally. On top of that, we all witnessed the biggest orchestration of theft in history while the courts stood by and allowed it to happen.
I also did not realize how much I’d become a target from sharing the truth of what I found on a blog. There were so many things that happened behind the scenes.
Let's just say that I never believed in conspiracy theories until I blogged about the problems in foreclosure cases.
On top of my work, I had my own foreclosure problems, in which I was unsuccessful in resolving the way I wanted. I'll tell you more about that in future posts.
Still, if I had to do it over again, I would do so. While I cannot take all the credit for the Steinberger win, I was the grease on the wheels, and knowing that homeowners in the State of Arizona now have some additional protections TOTALLY VALIDATES my journey. No regrets!
I underestimated the amount of work it would be, and the amount of pain it would cause me personally, but ultimately I am proud of the outcome. Steinberger is a fantastic decision that ultimately would not have been possible if I had not been writing a blog.
The BAC v. Springer case is also a recent reminder that you must follow the law and personally serve defendants when you are evicting people from their homes. More on that too in a future post. I am glad that I was in a position to fight back and win on my eviction, even if I had to file an appeal.
I can’t take all the credit, however – this was a team effort. I want to acknowledge everyone (maybe you?) who fought and lost in the recession and the foreclosure crisis. Your losses helped to turn the tide. The Courts would not have shifted if so many people had not stood up for themselves.
If you are struggling to move on with this or any other issue in your life, I want to encourage you to get help.
This summer, I worked with a therapist and a life coach and they were both very affordable. Your self-care is worth every dime.
I also want to acknowledge Barbara Forde and Beth Findsen in Arizona for all their work in foreclosures. They have both been instrumental in helping change the laws in Arizona, and if you need foreclosure help, I recommend them both without reservation.