ED Magedson – Founder
Wells Fargo Bank / Wells Fargo Home Mortgage1 Home Campus Des Moines, Iowa United States of America
Our journey with Wells Fargo started with the down turn in the economy and my four way heart bypass. In November of 2008, we started conversations with Wells Fargo, regarding modification of our home loan. We felt that having our home loan for over twelve years and never missing a payment, that we would have little problem getting something done. Over the course of nearly a year, we made countless calls, only to hear, We are reviewing your paperwork and we will let you know what we will do, once we have completed this review.
After missing three payments, we received a notice, that they were foreclosing on our home and it would be sold on June 6th. After more phone calls, we were told that they could have an offer for us, but it could be as late as the day before our home would be sold. This was unacceptable to us and we were forced to file bankruptcy to save our home. Just three weeks before our home sale, we received a letter giving us a three payment reduction with a new review after the ninety days. Our attorney advised us, not to accept the offer. Time after time, Wells Fargo has requested copies of the same paperwork, Hardship letters, Financial Statements and Payroll stubs. We have supplied this information at least five times over the last ten months. Recently, we jumped at the opportunity to attend the Well Fargo Home Modification Event in September at the Phoenix Convention center.
I spent four and half hours, talking to Well Fargo staff. The last two and half hours were spent with Lindsey Aekins (Direct line 803-835-8537). I was informed that Lindsey was a negotiator and had the power to approve any changes to our loan. Lindsey told me that she would get us one of two plans and both plans would reduce our $1431.00 payment to under $1000.00. She sent a number of emails and made quite a few phone calls. After two and half hours, she informed me, that she needed information from her office staff in South Caroline and they were gone home for night. This was Thursday, the last afternoon of the three day event. Seeing that, I was saddened by not having the matter resolved, Lindsey said to me Dont worry, Mr. ****, we will get an answer for you no later than next Tuesday. I asked her, what I could tell my wife and Lindsey replied You tell her, that your payment will be less than one thousand dollars and it will start in October. Lindsey walked me to the door and as we were standing there, a young man asked me if I would rate my visit with Wells Fargo.
Would you give us a five out of five?, he asked. I replied No, because nothing has been resolved at this point, does this kill the deal? We waited to hear from Well Fargo and Tuesday came and went. I waited until Thursday and started calling Lindsey. Over the next few days, I called ten times. Six times, I left a voice mail requesting she call me. Four times, I could not leave a message because her voice mailbox was full. A week of hearing nothing, I called Lindsey at 5:30AM on Thursday, September 24th, knowing it was 8:30AM in South Carolina. Much to my surprise, Lindsey answered the phone. I was very nice and explained to her that it was very important that we get our payment reduced. After spending sixty minutes on the phone with Lindsey, she informed me that she needed to walk over to another building and talk to another staff member about our loan. I offered to stay on hold, not wanting to hang up. She said it was a very long walk and would take quite a few minutes to get there.
She assured me that she understood how important this was. She said she would be working late and promised to call me back before the end of day. She never called back and efforts to reach her went to her voice mail. On the afternoon, October 6th, I received a call from Linda Parker (515-324-2376), who said she was a Senior Loan Specialist with office of the President of WFHM. Linda stated had they were dropping my interest rate to 2.6% from 5.5% and my new payment would be $1361.70. I replied that I could not understand why my payment was only lowering seventy dollars. Ms. Parker replied she needed to look into why the payment was not lower and would call me back the next morning. I never heard from Ms. Parker and efforts to call her, only results in leaving voice mail messages.
We are asking you for any help you can provide, getting Well Fargo to understand the impact their actions, or lack thereof, has on people. To me, the way, they do business is clearly heartless and are not in the best interest of the customers.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/13/2009 01:39 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/wells-fargo-bank-wells-fargo-home-mortgage/des-moines-iowa-50328/wells-fargo-bank-wells-fargo-home-mortgage-wells-fargo-has-torn-out-my-heart-des-moines-508636. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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