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San Diego Agent Accused of Misleading Clients

A man working simultaneously as a real estate agent, insurance dealer, income tax preparer and credit repair specialist that caters to Latino customers has seen more than 75 of the 122 homes he has sold his customers fall into foreclosure since 2004.

 Miguel Romero is an agent of Helping Build Wealth, aka HBW, a Simi Valley firm selling a smorgasbord of financial products. It appears to be built on the networking marketing model (multi-level marketing) that combines selling products with building a “team” under the agent that contributes part of its revenues to the “upline”.

Although not accused of a crime, many of Romero’s clients say the persuasive agent pitched his entire line of insurance and other financial products at weekly seminars and workshops, advising his audience to tap the equity in their homes to purchase second properties as investments. From the numbers above, 69% of the homes he sold have either foreclosed or are in the foreclosure process, compared with 4% of subprime loans in San Diego County.

The office of the California Attorney General and the local District Attorney have not commented on any investigations into the business practices of Romero.

Read the Full Article in the North County Times by Zach Fox and Edward Sifuentes.

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