U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and state Attorney General Terry Goddard are slated to appear in Ahwatukee Foothills Saturday at a public workshop on home foreclosures.

Up to 200 people are expected to attend the workshop, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., said Robbie Sherwood, Mitchell's spokesman.

"It's an event that's organized by our office," Sherwood said. "Folks can come in and get one-on-one counseling."

Bob Beamis, CEO of the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, which collects data on real estate transactions, said the number of foreclosures in the Phoenix area has been dropping for about two months. At the same time, short sales - where the bank and the property owner agree to sell the home for less than the mortgage amount to avoid foreclosure - are on the rise, he said.

"That's a good combination of indicators," Beamis said. "Banks are more inclined to work with homeowners."

This is the second foreclosure workshop that Mitchell has hosted. That last one was held in Scottsdale last year, Sherwood said.

"He will be talking about what's going on in Congress to improve the economy and address the ongoing problem of foreclosures," he said.

Mitchell's appearance is dependent on whether the Congressional schedule allows him to return from the nation's Capitol, Sherwood said, adding that Goddard would be on hand to discuss foreclosure fraud and scams.

Workshop participants are asked to bring copies of their mortgage closing packets, recent bank statements, mortgage bills, federal tax returns for the last two years and pay stubs or unemployment documentation for the last two months.

For more information, call Mitchell's district office at (480) 946-2411, or call the Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Hotline at 1-877-448-1211.

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