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Help Home Occupiers Brandie and Edwin Hannon of Watsonville to Stay In Their Home!
by Occupy Our Homes
Thursday Sep 13th, 2012 11:43 AM
Wells Fargo was telling us they were working with us, but they were really setting us up to lose our home.
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To: Wells Fargo Office of Executive Complaints

Dear Ms. Whitt-Potter, Mr. Harrison, Ms. Howard and Mr. Horning-

We call upon you to work with homeowners Brandie and Edwin Hannon by giving them a fair modification so that she can stay in her home. She and her family with be reoccupying their home and demanding that Wells Fargo live up to their slogan "We're with you" instead of "We're with you-unless you get sick and come to us for help-then we throw you out in the street after we promised to help."

We are counting on you to do the fair and right thing.

Call Leesa Whitt-Potter 515-324-2402, Michael Harrison 515-324-2382, Lizzie Howard 515-324-5561, Adam Horning 515-324-5345 and tell each of them to negotiate with the Hannon Family.

Why is this important?

My husband, Edwin and I have been in our home for over 14 years. We refinanced with World Savings through a broker, SunWest Mortgage who originally contacted us through the mail. World Savings became Wachovia shortly after, then Wells Fargo. Ed suffered a series of health problems which rendered him unable to work steadily (he is a mechanic by trade and is self employed) and caused us to start dipping into our savings. As the real estate market started to dive my design business also took a hard hit. I contacted Wachovia to see what we could do to try and get our payments reduced. They told me to qualify for modification I had to stop making my payments.

After 2 months when nothing had materialized, I made my 2 back payments, and tried again. I was again told that we had to be behind to qualify. We received a pre-approval letter with the terms of our modification, and after sending in all of the documentation requested and attempting to make the first payment via cash in the branch, I was told that the program had been discontinued and I had to start over.

This started a vicious cycle that ended up getting us deeper and deeper in debt with Wells Fargo.

All the while Wells Fargo was telling us they were working with us, but they were really setting us up to lose our home.

The last few years have been a hell I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. No parent should have to explain to their only child that on top of the grave illness in the family, that they are losing the home they've known since age 3. We have shown time and time again that we want to pay, and have given Wells Fargo everything they've asked for but they refuse to "Make Home Affordable" and chose to evict us without warning last week.

With your help, we can fight back!

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by Brenda Peltier
( brenda_peltier [at] yahoo.com ) Friday Sep 14th, 2012 9:38 PM
Sounds like a very familiar story! It started when a Wells Fargo Rep told me not to send in any payments that I would qualify for a modification loan. They set me up with a lady Stefanie Blahnik who than told me I should have been sending the payments all along so I told her I would send them in, I would even wire them. She told me not to because it was too late. After going round and round w/ her for two years, faxing in paper work, overnighting paper work, she did not return my phone calls. For the first couple of weeks I thought all was going well because she said it could take up to 30 days to receive an answer. I than received a letter stating that my home was now in foreclosure and to contact Stefanie Blahnik for help. Well I tried and tried. I left detailed messages for her and her Mgr to PLEASE return my calls. I received generated letters from Ms. Blahnik stating that "She was happy to be able to speak to me....." which never happened. I spoke to other reps and they told me to fax in the paper work again and to leave another msg for her and to her mgr. and to wait 48 hrs. I did. I received no response. I called again, and again both Ms. Blahnik and her mgr. FINALLY I received a call from Ms. Blahnik telling me that Wells Fargo could not help me in no way because the Estate was in my deceased mothers name......?????? I do daycare from my home...this is my primary residence and it goes for sale 4 days. I have no where to go. I trusted in the Wells Fargo team but each time I called I received differant answers to my questions. All that seemed to be wrong to the next person that I talked to. I guess I don't feel so bad after reading that I'm not the only one that this has happened to. I know that it doesn't make it right but now I don't feel like I'm A LOSER!!