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Wells Fargo foreclosing on home for overpaying mortgage

Wells Fargo has taken a harsh tone in the case of a homeowner who sent in too much money one month in an effort to get ahead during the trial period of his loan modification.



Wells Fargo and the case of the confusing pre-payment

If you’ve read AGBeat for any number of years, you’ve read endlessly about cases wherein banks foreclose on the wrong address, homes that no longer exist due to storms, or worse, when a payment is made early. Yet another homeowner has gotten the dreaded, nasty foreclosure filing papers on his Orlando door, according to WFTV because he overpaid.

Having never missed any payments, the man is likely in disbelief as he says he was offered a loan modification last year, and should he make four consecutive monthly payments on time, a permanent modification would be awarded and a lower rate would be given. During the trial period, he overpaid, so Wells Fargo would no longer accept payments and began the foreclosure process.

Wells Fargo takes a harsh tone

“When he came in and showed me all of the documents, it was just unbelievable,” says the homeowner’s attorney. “Who gets foreclosed on when they’ve made all payments on time?”

Often, in these types of cases, banks typically say they’re “looking into it,” but Wells Fargo didn’t take that position, no, they told WFTV “For some loans, completing trial payments is a significant step toward a permanent modification; however, in this instance, the loan was part of a mortgage-backed security and in a protected pool, with specific payment guidelines. We are working with [the homeowner] to explain the guidelines and explore options that may help.”

Also in Florida, in 2011 we told you about an elderly homeowner who was foreclosed upon for paying Bank of America a few days early under the same federal program which was designed by the Obama Administration to save struggling homeowners. Servicers apparently did not get that memo, as if any homeowner is off by even a penny below or above or a day early or late, their payment is not within the parameters of the program guidelines and the payment is kicked out, automatically subject to foreclosure.

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During the robosignature debacle which cost banks billions after moving forward with foreclosures without any human review of cases, there was an air of deniability, but in this case, and possibly others, the bank is unsympathetic and appears to disregard the very spirit in which these modification programs were designed.

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.



  1. JoeLoomer

    May 17, 2013 at 6:12 am

    ….and the pendulum is still swinging too far back the other way. Hopefully sanity and common sense will prevail and the guidelines modified to include the “in your best judgement” option for the servicers of these modification programs.

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