BOFA Issues 2 Contradictory Approval Letters!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rulnick Realty, Inc.

Confusing Destin Short Sale Approval

I just had a Bank of America short sale closing for a home near Destin, FL.  BOFA issued TWO different approval letters for the same junior lien:

Approval Letter #1 (Emailed):

Bank of America agrees to accept $1000.00 in certified funds as payment in full of the loan.  Upon the Bank's receipt of the payment of $1000.00, the Bank will report the account to the credit bureaus as "Settled", with the explanation "Account legally paid in full for less then the full balance.":  In addition, the Bank will be reporting the amount of the debt forgiven to the Internal Revenue Service as required by the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993.

Approval Letter  #2 (Mailed  - Dated Same Date as Approval Letter #1)

Bank of America agrees to accept $1000.00 as payment towards said loan.  Upon receipt of $1000, Bank will release the lien and charge off the remaining debt as a collectable balance.  Our recovery department will be in contact with you to make arrangements on this balance.  Will report the account to the credit bureaus as "charged off", and show the balance remaining owed to Bank of America

The bank insisted the sellers sign both letters.  If BOFA tries to collect on this balance, certainly the sellers can show evidence by the first approval letter that BOFA stated the loan was forgiven.  To say the least, Bank of America's behavior is mystifying.

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You have to love it. And they wonder why we are in this mess

Dec 16, 2008 10:35 AM #1
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

I have the letters on my desk, side by side.  This is the new reality.  Dated the same date.  Just a few sentences changed.

Dec 16, 2008 10:37 AM #2
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Amazing but as you know the left hand doesn't always know what the right hand is up to.

Dec 17, 2008 09:04 AM #3
Richard Riley
RE/MAX Properties SW - Orlando, FL

Each "unbelievable story" makes the previously "most unbelievable story" quite credible, really.  It'a unbelievable,.... that is, quite believable really! 

Dec 20, 2008 12:11 PM #4
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Gene - The almighty bank has a problem!

Richard - I am serious, almost every day I have another crazy short sale story!

Dec 21, 2008 01:17 AM #5
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