Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bank of America CEO Will Resign at the End of the Year

According to this New York Times article, Bank of America Chief to Depart at Year’s End, Kenneth D. Lewis, will resign at the end of 2009. According to the article, he "celebrated his daring takeover of Merrill Lynch as the crowning triumph of a long career. On Wednesday, that conquest proved to be his downfall, as he announced his resignation after months of legal and political scrutiny over how the deal went down. Mr. Lewis leaves as Congress, the attorney general of New York and investors turn up pressure on the bank over not disclosing Merrill's losses and bonuses to shareholders. A federal judge recently refused to accept a settlement brokered between Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the bank and the commission never fully explained how the decisions were made."

I think all the bank CEO's should step down right now as they have mismanaged their banks and collected millions in pay and bonuses despite their failings. The banks has completely botched the handling of pre-foreclosures, short sales and foreclosures. I am personally dealing with Bank of America on a short sale located in Murfreesboro Tennessee (Rutherford County TN) and I was able to get approval within 3 weeks, but it took a lot of phone calls and emails to push them to a decision. It just should not be that difficult. As a result of Bank of America's incompetence (and the incompetence of other lenders) there are more short sales and foreclosures in Middle Tennessee (in the Nashville TN area) than there should be. Goodbye Mr. Lewis!

If you are a homeowner who cannot pay your mortgage payment(s), or are already in foreclosure, my recommendation is that if you should do the following:
  1. Loan Modification - Even though you do not have a good chance of getting a loan modification approved by your lender(s), you should give it a try.  Therefore, contact your mortgage company immediately to discuss a loan modification.
  2. Discuss your situation with a real estate attorney and/or bankruptcy attorney to discuss your options if the loan modification is not approved.
  3. If a loan modification will not work, or is not approved, and you owe more than your home is worth and you cannot pay you mortgage, you need to speak with a REALTOR who specializes in short sales and pre-foreclosures (preforeclosures) to discuss selling your home.
If you live in the following areas, please contact me as I can help you get out of this situation.
  • Rutherford County Tennessee: Murfreesboro TN, Smyrna TN and La Vergne TN (LaVergne TN)
  • Williamson County Tennessee: Brentwood TN and Franklin TN
  • Davidson County Tennessee: Nashville TN and Belle Meade TN

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