Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Countrywide Wants Short Sale Buyers' Social Security Numbers

I have two interesting short sales in process with Countrywide. One is in Destin, Florida, the other, Navarre, Florida. In both of these cases, Countrywide is asking for the buyer's date of birth and home address. In one of the cases, they want the buyer's social security number.
Why does Countrywide want this new information? Apparently, in Short Sales where their loss is greater than $250,000, Countrywide does a background check on the buyer to ensure he is not related to the seller.

In one of these situations above, the buyer is refusing to provide his social security number. He feels that his privacy, identity and more would be at risk by divulging it. And it would be. I don't blame him. I have been trying to resolve this issue for three weeks. Finally, today, the negotiator called me and said the deal would be "off" if he didn't provide the information. I told her I needed more substantial explanation for the buyer, as I didn't want to waste the four months of time we already invested in the transaction. She put her team leader on the phone. He said "We do not need the social security number, just the date of birth." He also said that Countrywide wanted to ensure there was "No benefit to the seller through the buyer's purchase." When the negotiator got back on the phone, she seemed flustered. I told her I provided that information to her three weeks ago, and repeated it again. She said she "would call me right back". That was two hours ago.

In any event, if Countrywide is performing background checks, they ought to disclose that to the buyer. Anything less is a bit underhanded.

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