Loan servicer demands a bribe from home buyer, or they won’t approve buyer's short sale offer

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold Folsom BRE #01709600
Sacramento CA - We had a short sale recently with a certain loan servicing company. The funny thing was that this loan servicer was hired by the owner of the loan to work on behalf of them.

In other words, the loan servicer was to look out for the loan owner's best interest.

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Processing and approving a short sale will usually avoid future losses on a mortgage. Boston Consulting Group recently did a study on the difference between a short sale and foreclosure.

They found that a short sale dramatically reduces future losses when compared to a foreclosure.

Here is a real life example: One lender rejected a 385k short sale offer. The home was foreclosed upon and put up for sale. It sold for $230,000. We estimate the owner of the loan, Fannie Mae, lost $182,000.

We have seen this happen over and over again with short sale offers. The loan servicers drag their feet on processing the short sale. The home is later foreclosed upon and sells for substantially less.

But, we had never seen a loan servicer work against their customer / client's best interest. Until we saw a short sale approval letter come across our desk.

The loan servicer was asking for a $2,500 fee to be paid to them. If it wasn't paid they wouldn't approve the short sale. I was shocked. "Aren't you required to work in your client's best interest?", I asked them.

The woman at the loan servicer replied, "Well, we checked it out with our legal department and the said it is ok." I don't really understand what she meant by "ok."

This company is not working in their client's behalf. The loan servicer actually has a fiduciary duty to do what is best for the owner of the loan. And putting a roadblock in the way of approving short sales isn't doing what is best for their client.

So, what does this mean to you? In my opinion, it gives you a strong basis for a lawsuit against that loan servicing company if your loan modification or short sale isn't approved because you won't pay their fees.

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When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail. If you prefer, then you can call me at 530-306-3316.

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Thanks for reading this, John J Hayes.

John J is a Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Gold.

Phone: 530-306-3316.

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Comments (5)

Heather Russo
Keller Williams Realty - Kerrville - Kerrville, TX
SRES , REALTOR, Kerrville, Texas Homes for Sale

OK... so which is the copy?


Nov 30, 2010 08:02 AM
John Hayes
RE/MAX Gold Folsom - Folsom, CA
Folsom,El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, CP

we have the same blog writer.

Nov 30, 2010 08:07 AM
Nicole Needham
Needham Realty - Winters, CA
SFR (530) 302-5478

Get a new blogger !!

Nov 30, 2010 08:10 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

While the message is relevant...I am confused that both are loaded to AR with the exact verbiage except contact info.  Confusing to say the least except that this one hit the system first.

One has to be inaccurate because you are not in the same office...hmmm.

Nov 30, 2010 08:15 AM
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

Ouch looks like the same blog writer for another person too.  you both have been posting identical posts, just the cities have been changed.  I am not sure if you have tried doing them yourself, but I would suggest writing yourself more often.  Just a thought! 

Nov 30, 2010 09:18 AM