Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MLS tells WELLS FARGO: "Stop Deceiving"

WELLS FARGO was caught lying to deceiving the Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in order to help sell (unload) "Bank-Owned" stolen properties. However, after being exposed caught
WELLS FARGO has been told to immediately STOP this fraudulent listing practice.
(photo courtesy of Huffingtonpost)
You see, Wells REO properties, usually obtained by FRAUDclosure, needed to have a better sounding name, in order to unload them, from their Foreclosed Real Estate portfolio.

That just isn't sexy sounding. So Realtors, listing these blighted-empty-foreclosed properties, were being asked to LIE and disguise Wells Fargo fraudulently obtained title and ownership.
Who caught them...lying?  Was it the Florida Courts?...NO..
How about the great Florida Attorney General - Pam BLondiE?....NO..
Was it one of our Government Agencies?...NO..
Maybe the NEW Consumer Financial Protective Bureau (CFPB) ...well ...NO...again

Instead it was none other than the fine reporter Alexandra Clough who writes about real estate & the law for the Palm Beach Post. Her Sunday article (below) exposed the FRAUD
We've excerpted a few salient quotes (lies) from the Wells spokesperson below:

(Wells Fargo "Bank Speak" Action Figure with Moving Mouth)

Tyler Smith- V. P. of REO Community Development for Wells Premier Asset Services:

"Obviously, at first blush it looks like we're trying to hide behind something and a game is being played, but we have the interest of the community (only the bank), to preserve the property and stabilize the neighborhood"

Translation: We're gaming the MLS system to cover our destruction of your neighborhoods

[T]here is a negative connotation about bank-owned property, especially the property's condition. We want to change the perception."

Translation: We don't want them to know we stole it...so we need to disguise it

"If a buyer wishes to put a contract on a bank-owned home, then it will become clear through paperwork the property is a foreclosure, and any defects or repairs can be corrected or reflected in the sales price."

Translation: Like Robo-signed paperwork, we can create, correct, or have it say...anything

[M]ost banks for some time have made it clear to agents {if they want the business} they {Wells Fargo}don't want the words "bank owned" {showing} in the MLS {listing}. [But] only recently has Wells Fargo begun to review the listings to ensure agents are complying with its preference {to deceive and hide the ownership}. Tyler Smith said he "understand the frustration that some agents have with the bank's preference for trying to hide its ownership on the MLS."

Translation: Listen up agents - Lie, deceive, whatever ...just get someone to buy the house.


Starting today, MLS real estate MUST disclose bank ownership

Starting today, a service used by real estate agents to list homes for sale {MLS} will require that agents disclose whether a bank owns the property.The change comes two days after The Palm Beach Post reported that some banks, including Wells Fargo, tell real estate agents not to disclose the bank's ownership on the Multiple Listing Service. Some agents who sell bank-owned property privately said they feared losing business if they went against the wishes of the banks.

The {Florida} state Department of Business and Professional Regulation prohibits misrepresentation and concealment by real estate agents, but it does not specifically address bank-owned properties, said Sandi Copes Poreda, director of communications. {and Pam Bondi would never do anything that would make the Banks - follow the law) But Craig Fialkowski of Realty Elite of the Palm Beaches in Wellington {clearly stated what Bondi and the AG office cannot fathom}he called hiding the ownership on MLS "unconscionable {and}there is absolutely no reason a seller should authorize (an agent) not to disclose material facts pertinent to the buyer's interest in the property."

Nice job Alexandra - by shining the light on the FRAUD, you've brought about change

MORE of WELLS FARGO deceitful and un-trust worthy behaviour:

Martin Andelman:
Wells Fargo you've deceived, confused, and beaten....a senior citizen
Wells Fargo Insider: The independent Foreclosure review for OCC "IS A SHAM"

Abigail Field: Wells Fargo Servicer Driven Foreclosure
Is Stumpfs company Vicious & Incompetent OR vicious & Greedy ?
At a slightly deeper layer, the idea that Wells’s word can’t be trusted because it’s not in writing is offensive because Wells has executed all kinds of writings can’t be trusted. For example, Wells files documents that say: hey, look, we know we said in earlier filings that this mortgage was paid off, but psyche! it wasn’t. (Examples here and here; to understand why these matter so much, consider the Reuters story I mentioned earlier.)
The servicer {Wells Fargo} brazenness can’t be overstated. Check out what fraudclosure fighter and activist LISA EPSTEIN documented: the servicer is charging investors in a mortgage backed security fees for loans that don’t exist any more; they’ve been paid off or the houses foreclosed and sold to third parties
Wells Fargo and Credit Bureaus SUED FOR DECEIT (story of 9-3-2011)

Enhanced Online News: Wells Fargo Sued over excessive mortgage default fees

Wells PAYS $ 85 Million to "settle" mortgage abuse lawsuit: (Huffingtonpost story)
Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $85 million to settle civil charges that it falsified loan documents and pushed borrowers toward subprime mortgages with higher interest rates during the housing boom. The fine is the largest ever imposed by the Federal Reserve in a consumer-enforcement case.


  1. I worked with Premier Asset Services and Wells Fargo. All of these allegations are absolutely TRUE. I never let them bully me into lying on the MLS for them. After that and refusing to push thier loans in the MLS, I was discontinued work for them. Either you are dishonest, or you can work with Premier Asset Services.

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