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REO Fraud – Are Real Estate Agents Going Under the Microscope?

REO fraud has been a highly-overlooked form of real estate fraud. It takes a number of forms and involves the listing agent (most often) as well as selling (buyers’) agents, the buyer and even the asset manager for the lender or its asset managing servicing firm.

Times may be a-changin’ for REO listing agents who cut corners or who commit outright fraud with foreclosed properties entrusted into their care for resale.

At a recent conference, attorney Michael Waldron of the Ballard Spahr law firm put REO agents on notice that the work they do could well come under scrutiny as a result of the $25 billion robo-signing settlement banking giants Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Ally Financial (GMAC) signed with the attorneys general for all 50 states. New oversight by third-parties to insure that everything from trash-out to inspections to BPOs (Broker Price Opinions*) are completed accurately. One red flag, according to Jim Taylor of Wells Fargo, is agents who outsource or subcontract some of these tasks to others.

* BPOs are property valuations performed by licensed real estate agents instead of the more expensive appraisals that require a licensed appraiser.

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