Why Real Property Fraud Alert
Burnett was initially under the impression that the scenario he faced was a single and isolated event. However, after performing a comprehensive investigation of local government official records (e.g., new construction permits, surveyor certificates), he was shocked to discover that the registered parcel identifiers for each one of the lots for all 102 planned townhome condominium units located in Lansdowne, Virginia were, without legal justification, unlawfully altered before the origination and closing of mortgage loans.
Title Land Edification was thus initially formed to track and catalog both registered and unregistered parcel identifiers for each one of the 102 planned townhome condominium units allegedly sold by the developer/builder (see mapping tool and data service). We additionally traced and cataloged the number of (un)recorded electronic promissory notes or mortgages associated with the transfer of real property registered in the electronic National Mortgage Rights Registry.
During this period, local government public records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that days before the mortgage loan origination of a pledged residential purchase-money loan and second mortgage loan real estate sale transaction took place on July 18, 2008 as a result of local government officials, without legal justification, materially altering the registered parcel identifiers. These erroneous documents contradicted the “official copy” (government record) of the new construction occupancy permit, which county government officials issued and approved on Monday, June 23, 2008, as well as the mortgage loan origination and sale on July 18, 2008 (see Figure 1). The official government record also identified the seller (the developer/builder), as the owner of a new construction townhome condominium unit.
It is essential to note that these potentially unethical and unlawful actions were carried out by local county government in collaboration with the local county developer while Burnett was serving on active duty with the US Navy, under Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) orders; he was thus effectively sequestered as a board member of the FY-09 Active Duty Chief Petty Officer (E-7) Selection Board located in Millington, Tennessee from June 23, 2008 to approximately July 26, 2008.
In summary, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, a government agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in collaboration with the developer/builder (condominium declarant) and Loudoun County Government, did falsely certify and register 102 new construction townhome condominium units with the Commonwealth of Virginia Real Estate Board, as strictly mandated by the Virginia Code and Filing Public Offering Statement, that expressly included local government’s registered parcel identifiers as part of the condominium. This was done:
After filing a condominium declaration, which included registered parcel identifiers in its plats, metes and bounds, and overall property description, in the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia;
After marketing and representing the invalid registered parcel identifiers as an accurate and authentic part of the sale of 102 planned new construction townhome condominium units to individual purchasers unaware of potential errors or fraud;
After selling approximately 102 of the condominium units involving unregistered parcel identifiers to individual purchasers; and
Before origination of a pledged residential purchase-money loan and a second unqualified mortgage loan for use in two real estate sale transactions located in the unincorporated community of Lansdowne, County Loudoun, Virginia occurring on July 18, 2008.
The Loudoun County Government, in collaboration with the condominium declarant and associated agents (e.g., real estate attorneys, property owners’ association, condominium unit association), thus willfully and unlawfully filed and continues to file fraudulent civil actions and assessment liens against potential and existing unit owners by citing unregistered parcel identifiers.
Burnett’s protected personal information (PPI) and personally identifiable information (PII) have been compromised and stolen at least twice in connection with the illegal pre-origination of a pledged residential purchase-money loan and second unqualified mortgage loan associated with two real estate sale transactions occurring on July 18, 2008. These illegal transactions were authorized and insured by the FHA and regulated by HUD in connection with the pledge of real property located in Loudoun County, Virginia. His personal information was compromised because the local government’s registered parcel identifiers associated with the new townhome condominium unit purchased were intentionally and wrongfully changed prior to the closing of an unqualified mortgage loan. These issues have significantly affected and continue to affect Burnett’s federal and state tax returns for the years 2008 onward.
After many unsuccessful attempts to address and remedy this apparently local matter at the highest and lowest levels government, Burnett determined to bring his experiences to the public’s awareness and, in doing so, protect others from similar harm by founding Title Land Edification.
The impetus behind Title Land Edification is to provide current and prospective owners of real property located in any of the recording jurisdictions housed in county-level registrar of deeds, county clerk, or clerk of the court offices in the US with accurate and verifiable information pertaining to the rightful owner(s) of land and other real estate.
Burnett considers himself very fortunate that his extensive military experience as a senior noncommissioned officer with the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps has equipped him with the fortitude and wherewithal to successfully restore his legal identity, his Social Security number, and his retirement in 2011, which has since afforded him the time and resources to address these issues effectively.
As a disabled veteran and former enlisted member of the US Armed Forces, Burnett is keenly aware of the impact that financial fitness has on those serving on behalf of this great nation. He is also keenly aware of the issues and concerns that active service members, veterans, and their families face each day. When deployed in harm’s way, on assignment, or in training, the last thing our brave men and women should have to worry about when considering the purchase of a new home is coping with unethical or predatory lending practices enabled by their government, government-sponsored entities, or US industries.
As a company, Title Land Edification views these practices as a significant and immediate threat to our nation’s national security, defense, and wellbeing. Further, they are potentially associated with the grim reality that 22 veterans are lost to suicide every day.
We are therefore making a commitment to our subscribers by offering FREE eTitle Fraud Alert services for active members and veterans of the US Armed Forces, along with residents of the County of Loudoun, Virginia living in any of the following magisterial districts or towns:
Blue Ridge District
Broad Run District
Town of Hamilton
Town of Herndon
Town of Hillsboro
Town of Leesburg
Town of Lovettsville
Town of Middleburg
Town of Purcellville
Town of Round Hill
Based on personal financial experiences, conversations, and observations at both the local and national level, the founder of Title Land Edification determined that Loudoun County’s governance and stewardship of electronic land management, real estate tax collection, and parcel assessment record databases had led to data breaches and compromise spanning back a decade or longer.
Failure to notify past, present, and future property owners of changes to a registered parcel identifier has serious legal and security ramifications. It is Title Land Edification’s goal to address these concerns by tracking and recording information regarding local government operations, homeownership, foreclosures, and evictions for use by policymakers, community organizers, journalists, educators, non-profit organizations, and citizens interested in learning more.
We believe a high level of financial fitness is essential to the wellbeing of the national and global economies. We also believe the citizenry expects predictability and dependability, rather than uncertainty, from its policymakers and government agents. Not knowing whether you own your home after a mortgage loan origination or closing can lead to stress and poor decisions. Financial instability can lead to loss of home by way of foreclosure and evictions, bankruptcy, homelessness, or, for some military members, loss of security clearance.
Fortunately, help is available from Title Land Edification. We can offer you solutions to help you enjoy the confidence and freedom of financial fitness.