: Short Sale Lenders are Seizing Bank Accounts!

Short Sale Lenders are Seizing Bank Accounts!

www.shortsalesuperstars.comDid you know that? I didn't. Until I read this article by Sally K. & David L. Hanson.

This is pretty serious stuff. If you are working with Short Sales please be sure to notify your Sellers and give them this information. I am not an Attorney nor do I play one on TV so I do not know the legalities of this. I do know though, that if it were me, I'd much rather avoid the issue all together and pull my money out of the bank that I have my delinquent mortgage with. Better safe than sorry.

If you read the comments to Sally and David's post you will see that this IS happening. And it's happening all over.

And of course....Bank of America is one of the culprits.

Be a Short Sale Superstar to your Sellers and make them aware of this situation today. OK?


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Comment balloon 38 commentsBryant Tutas • January 15 2010 04:55PM


Hadn't hard this news Bryant. Thanks for the heads up.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 5 years ago

Bryant...I didn't know that.....thanks for this information and keeping us informed.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County (RE/MAX Vision Quest) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the info.  I will be sure to read their article on this.

Posted by Joel Bennett, The Joel Bennett Group (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.) over 5 years ago

wow...this IS serious stuff.... Can you imagine not only losing your house..but what little money you have to live on???

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 5 years ago

Faster than a speeding bullet...snatch the pebble from the hand... They are trying to un-ring a bell. Hate it for those in need that are being engulfed. Boo on this practice.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 5 years ago

When I list a short sale I always tell the sellers to seek legal counsel and tax advice. Anyway, took a short sale package with bank statements. Asked for statements the next month. They were from a different bank. I didn't tell them to switch, which leads me to believe somebody else did.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton (Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932) over 5 years ago

Great post, I have passed it on!

Posted by Ellen Crawford, Atlanta Real Estate Agents and Atlanta Realtors. (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 5 years ago

Had Wells Fargo seize funds from an insurance claim in which my short sale sellers were attempting to correct damage from a flood (resulting from a stolen Sub-Zero).  Stuck a little extra money in their coffers (think the insurance company would be happy to know they just gave the bank 20k?) and caused the property to eventually sell for at least 50k less than it otherwise would have.  Is it any surprise that this brain trust helped bring our economy to the gates of Hell?

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 5 years ago

Bryant - Sally & David tipped us off about the short sale lenders grabbing money out of accounts.  It happened to one of my sellers.  Richard Zaretsky added more to the discussion.  Incredible.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, Destin FL Real Estate (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago

BB, thanks for the heads up. I have not had the pleasure of a short sale yet, but with the info here I am certainly feeling like I could move forward with one, considering the army of people I have at my command with all the knowledge in the world!

I was at a closing yesterday, the attorney was handling his first short sale, we had quite a discussiona about it. The listing agent dropped off the contract info, offer, etc to the attorney and said "this is a short sale" and walked away. The seller had done a bit on his own, but gotten no where. The attorney is not familiar with short sales and looked like Bambi caught in the headlights. He was just beginning to understand the magnitude of the problem that had been laid at his feet. He should join Short Sale Super Stars! That is, if he wants to really learn how to handle short sales!

And about this money thing, wow. I am shocked, well, not shocked, I believe it, but don't want to believe it. What I want to say is not appropriate for this venue.

Great post, thank you.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 5 years ago


This is nothing new!

Why would anyone shorting the bank except other wise?

Banks have been able to do this for decades, on any account that's delinquent. The timing has to be right to be legal and if I remember right the accounts have to be in the same name/s, but it's been a very long time. Even federal banks have to follow state law so there could be 50 diff rent interpations. Oops, 58 per BO's.

CYA! Pay your other accounts, the banks going to want any significant savings and they're entitled. Pay the credit cards they're going to max out the rates as soon as the short sale hits your credit report.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 5 years ago

Bryant--Howdy stranger! This is way too scary when people are in trouble in the first place. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 5 years ago

Something else to remember when listing short sales.  I didn't know they would do this.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 5 years ago


Just when you start to think that things can't get any crazier. Wow.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) over 5 years ago

Hi Bryant... Sadly, after nearly 6 years of doing Short Sales, the only thing that surprises me about this, is that it has taken this long for things to get to this point.  It should be against the law.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 5 years ago

I'm not surprised. I don't know about the legalities either, but this is something I've actually wondered about in the past.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 5 years ago

Hi Broker Bryant,

Thanks for the heads up.  Why is it that I'm not surprised that BOA is one of the prime culprits?...Ok - let's not go there. Unfortunately, my own mortgage is there.....Realtor heal thyself!

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 5 years ago

Wha Wha Whaaat ????

Oh brutha, it's gettin' bad huh .....

I hope this doesnt become commonplace, and what will these seize next ? All hell could break loose.

All the best to the wifey, hope she's feelin better now :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 5 years ago

I've heard that this was possible.  Thanks for pointing this out, we'll need to talk to our short sale selers about this.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 5 years ago

They have all those poor executives that need their bonuses.


Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate over 5 years ago

Broker Bryant, Thanks for the heads up.  Why doesn't this surprise me, especially with B of A? 

Posted by Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL (Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL) over 5 years ago

The root of all evil...the almighty dollar. I think I would have already pulled my money out if I had a short sale going on, but who would have thought the banks would actually do this?

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago


If people read the contracts on their checking and savings accounts they'd know this was possible.

"I think I would have already pulled my money out if I had a short sale going on"  Most do, most people are honorable and try to pay before defaulting. This is the reason we don't see more of this, followed closely by the mortgage servicer not owning the note.

It keeps coming back to people thinking their entitled to the banks money when the truth is the bank is entitled to the return of their money! Short sales are a great tool for the bank and a blessing for the debtors that qualify. 


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 5 years ago

This does not really surprise me. My son had the same thing happen with a car he financed though BofA. Lesson learned for him at a very young age! Good information to share with consumers that are in situations with their mortgages.

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the comments. I am reviewing some of my mortgages right now to try and find the section that addresses this. I have no doubt that they can do it it just hadn't crossed my mind.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc (Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc) over 5 years ago


Not your mortgages or even your notes! It's your checking, savings and any other deposit accounts with the same company that owns the mortgage in default,


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 5 years ago

As soon as I started reading I thought BoA and yep there is was... ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I'm glad that you wrote this post. I have actually had a few clients that have experienced this--but not with B of A. It is more prevalent (at least in California) with the local credit unions. Moral: Don't potty where you eat. (Pardon the less than appropriate language in the last sentence.)

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 5 years ago

You are a terrific individual.  This is crucial to several of our sellers.  I so appreciate it.  I had not caught this on Sally's blog. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 5 years ago

Great info, thanks for taking the time to post to us all!

Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) over 5 years ago

Holy Crap.

And Again, I Wonder.....When the hell are we going to see some of these lenders hauled off to jail??

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

This is so important to know.  Hopefully we can help this from happening to other short sellers by getting the word out.  Thanks for sharing this warning. 

Posted by Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service (Pedersen Real Estate) over 5 years ago

BB - Great info indeed. But, I am confused about how anybody can even expect to claim a financial hardship and ask the bank to authorize a short sale when they have the assets to offset some of the deficit. Maybe you can clarify this. Of, course I always assumed the bank would want the homeowner to contribute what they can, and I would think it might even be the honorable thing to do.  Kind of sad for the homeowner who is left with nothing, but kind of the right thing for anybody to expect given that they're asking for the banks to take a loss and be completely in the red. I am not trying to be unsympathetic, but isn't a homewoner who is not expecting to make a monetary contribution towards the short sale when they have the money in a sense anticipating some form of charity?I'm just not sure I know how to feel about this situation.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 5 years ago

Hi Carol. Are you taking the BB tour today? :)

Carol I struggled with this as well until I ran across more and more sellers like this one.  I just had him pull his last $18,000 out of BofA and place it in another account. If they took this money he would be devastated.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc (Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc) over 5 years ago

Bryant, this is so important to let people know about. We heard about it last summer in time to help some folks move their buckaroos to another bank.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 5 years ago

Great information Bryant.  I hope this news gets out to all the short sellers that are currently out there.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 5 years ago

This just happened to me with ING DIRECT BANK!  I was 2 months late and they called to tell me that they had the right to withdraw funds out of my savings account! Beware!

Posted by Daniel over 5 years ago
Wonderful explanaiotn of facts available here.
Posted by Latisha over 4 years ago

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