Monday, October 06, 2008

Break In Chain Of Title To Mortgage Loan Temporarily Stalls Foreclosure; Bankruptcy Judge Gives Lender Until Thursday To Prove It Owns The Debt

In Savannah, Georgia, The Augusta Chronicle reports:
  • An Evans woman whose business dealings set off a series of foreclosures and bankruptcies fended off eviction from her own home Thursday -- at least for now. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Susan D. Barrett gave the local counsel for American Home Mortgage Servicing until next Thursday to gather information to show that through a series of sales and transfers, it is the rightful owner of Regina Preetorious' $567,000 mortgage loan.


  • American Home Mortgage petitioned the bankruptcy court to allow it to proceed with foreclosure on the couple's Windmill Lane home. The company contends they haven't made a mortgage payment since October 2007 on the 3,540-square-feet home. The couple's bankruptcy attorney, Todd Boudreaux, contends American Home Mortgage should prove it holds the legal security deed on their home.

  • Ms. Preetorious signed the original loan on Nov. 30, 2006, with Option One Mortgage Co. In January, the company's loans were placed in a trust with Wells Fargo as the trustee. On April 30, America Home acquired all the assets and interests of Option One, company attorney James Overstreet said Thursday. The contents of the trust overseen by Wells Fargo were included, he said.

  • But that last step wasn't clear Thursday. There appeared to be a break in the chain of ownership, Judge Barrett said. Mr. Boudreaux said the couple is entitled to know exactly who owns their loan.

For the story, see Businesswoman avoids eviction.