Good old Wells Fargo is up to their tricks again. Only this time, they may be playing with fire. If you haven’t already heard, Wells Fargo instituted a policy that went into effect on 5/1/12. From now on, they are refusing to waive any deficiency rights for their Freddie Mac short sales. This, despite the fact that Freddie just instituted a policy on 2/15/12, specifically barring any lender/servicer from requiring deficiency language in their short sale approval letters. The new policy reads “Reinforcing the requirement that the Servicer, for itself and on behalf of Freddie Mac, must waive all rights to seek deficiencies for short payoffs and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions on Freddie Mac Mortgages that have closed in accordance with the Guide”. So, what did Wells Fargo do with this requirement? They basically gave Freddie Mac (and distressed homeowners) the proverbial “middle finger”, and instituted a policy that REQUIRES that ALL Freddie Mac mortgages will have the following language in the approval letters they issue: “With the exception of a Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA) closing, nothing in this Demand Statement or in the release of the mortgage shall waive the right to seek a deficiency under the loan documents or any of its other rights thereunder, and the obligations evidenced by the note shall remain in full force and effect until paid in full“. Houston, we have a problem!
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