Jeannette Gearing: After fighting with numerous banks, none of which claimed they could help us; wondering where we would move, and living out of packed boxes for months from fear of forced eviction, I am thrilled to announce that our lender has recently closed on our property and we can now remain in our home without the fear of banks ever evicting us! I know the only reason US Bank responded is this petition on change.org. Prior to going on change.org to start a petition, the bank wouldn’t even return our phone calls. My family wanted to buy our family farm of nearly 20 years -- but because we were in foreclosure, US Bank, one of the largest banks in the US, refused to even hear an offer until we had been evicted, forcing my husband and I, our seven children, and our aunt who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease to move out and compete with investors to buy back our own property! Now, because of the change.org petition and your help, we’re in our home for good. My family and I owe a million thanks to the change.org staff and the many friends and neighbors who stepped up to help our family save the farm. Preventing this unnecessary foreclosure and eviction was due to the more than 200,000 of you who signed our petition on change.org, and to those of you who called the bank’s office demanding that they meet with us. Having this ordeal behind us means that my kids can enjoy the holidays together in our home and that we can move on to concentrate on taking care of our family with renewed hope. Thousands of people currently have mortgages that have been sold from bank to bank like ours was, and it's unacceptable for banks to use this reason to deny families the chance to pay back money for their homes. We would like to thank US Bank for stepping up in the end to do the right thing, and we hope that this victory will inspire others who are facing foreclosure.
My family wants to buy our family farm of many years -- but because we are in foreclosure, JP Morgan Chase (the servicer) and US Bank (the trustee), two of the largest banks in the US, are refusing to even hear an offer until we have been evicted, forcing my husband and I, our seven children, and our aunt who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease to move out and compete with investors to buy back our own property!
When our family business went under due to the recession, we fell behind on payments and our family farm went into foreclosure. We have tried tirelessly to work with the bank to keep our home, but have been given the run-around by the bank each time—often calling and being forwarded to scores of representatives, none of which say they can do anything to negotiate! The bank (then Chase) even sold our mortgage at one point (to US Bank), causing even more confusion over who we should talk to. Now, we have managed to find outside financing and are trying to submit an offer to JPMorgan Chase to buy back our home (in cash) so that our seven children and aunt will not have to be evicted. But JPMorgan Chase, claiming bureaucratic process, is refusing to even hear or consider offers on the property until we have been evicted.
The time between eviction and when the sale of the property takes place will allow investors to come in and buy our family farm before we can even make an offer to purchase it back ourselves. According to the bank, we will be forcibly displaced on November 5th. With seven young children (ages 7-17), all of whom have grown up in the home, and my husband Bill's ailing aunt who we provide care for, this will create a scar that may never be healed. Not only does the bank's bureaucratic requirement of "eviction before sale" put our family in the ridiculous position of having to pack and move all our belongings to vacate the home which we hope to buy and move back into just days later, it also opens the door for outside real estate investors to swoop in and offer the bank far more than we owed on the house, leading to both the bank and the outside investors profiting off our tragic loss.
US Bank claims that when we choose them “you don't just get one of us, you get all of us serving you.” Sign the petition to ask US Bank and JPMorgan Chase to honor this commitment and allow us to buy back our home.
Thousands of people currently have mortgages that have been sold from bank to bank like ours was, and it's unacceptable for banks to use this reason to deny families the chance to pay back money for their homes.
Please sign our petition, asking JPMorgan Chase to meet with us and hear our offer to purchase our own home prior to the forced eviction on November 5th.