August 19, 2009

Woman’s house mistakenly sold by bank

A Florida woman said her bank, Washington Mutual, mistakenly auctioned off her house while she was attempting to modify her loan.

Anna Ramirez said she was shocked to be evicted Aug. 12 by a man who had purchased her Homestead house from Washington Mutual, despite the fact that the home should not have been for sale, WPLG-TV, Miami, reported Wednesday.

Washington Mutual acknowledged the house was sold in error and went with Ramirez to court to reverse the sale. However, the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Court's Office never filed the judge's order and Ramirez had to return to court Thursday to receive further assistance from a judge, the report said.

I have to make sure that you get back in the house because I did reverse the sale but the information the owners received was that the sale wasn't totally reversed, Judge Israel Reyes said. So it's not totally their fault.

Ramirez, who has moved back into her home, said many of her belongings were damaged by movers and she is seeking a lawyer to take her case.