Leave it to Foreclosurepedia to reach out to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) via the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to get Industry Clarification. The question? Well, there is an urban legend that due to the recent series of enormous earthquakes globally, the accuracy of the Global Positioning System (GPS) will be impacted. Why is this important, you might ask. Well, as Smartphones are now being used to verify the correct address where a Contractor is performing services; this in and of itself is a dicey strategy, I felt that it was high time to establish whether or not GPS was infallible from the terrestrial point of view.
I am all about attempting to show the Mortgage Field Services to be the incompetent and corrupt quagmire which it truly is. The poster child would appear to be the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) Regime. With that said, what I am NOT ABOUT is justifying myths and legends simply for the sake of ax grinding. Additionally, if I do not know the answer, I am going to reach out to the most educated people on the face of the Earth for the Foreclosurepedia Nation. I do this because the NAMFS Regime; the Industry Trade Association, apparently does not have the time or ability to do such.
Michael B. Heflin has been a Member of the Technical Support Team at JPL NASA since 1991. Michael received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, and his B.S. in Physics from Miami University in 1985. He has earned the JPL Award for Excellence, the NASA Group Achievement Award, and the GIPSY software award. I figured that with 49 Publications; 56 Co Authored Publications and 1457 Citations, he probably knew what he was talking about.
My Email to Heflin:
In light of the recent and massive earthquakes and other phenomena when I use a GPS to send me to an address, is there a differential which now exists? What I mean is that say 5 years ago, 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA on the GPS would take me there. Due to the recent (say past 10 years) of tectonic and other activities, would my GPS now send me to say 125 Main Street, Anytown, USA?
I thank you for consideration in replying to me and have a great morning!Heflin’s Reply:Thanks for your mail. I’ll try to answer with an example. If you stand in you back yard and look at Google maps with your phone, your location will appear as a blue dot. As the land you are standing on moves, the blue dot will move. If the land is moving 1 cm per year, it will take 100 years for the dot to move 1 meter which will probably still be in your back yard.If you were able to wait long enough, the dot would eventually move into someone else’s yard. Google would then have to update all of their maps so that you once again appear in your back yard. After a major earthquake surveyors are sometimes called in to redraw maps and property boundaries.Mike H.
While many may find this to be trivial, I believe it goes to the very core of the problems within the Mortgage Field Services Industry. People run around all the time making presumptions which are not based upon fact. In the instant case there were two schools of thought; both schools believed they were correct. The reality is that NEITHER were correct as no one had taken the time to substantiate their position with expert testimony.
Each and every day this Industry makes presumptions which impact millions of lives. When we are talking about going to a home which no one has ever been to and quite possibly destroying innocent lives, I believe that it behooves the Industry to take these matters a bit more seriously than paying their tip at Ruth’s Cris.
I want to personally thank Mr. Heflin for taking the time to reply to my email. I think it should be noted that not only did Heflin reply, he did such overnight! That is to be commended and I am grateful as is the Foreclosurepedia Nation!