FELTON -- Responding to Wednesday's story about a pre-Christmas eviction of Felton landscape contractor Tom Reily and his family, Nationstar said the company is observing a stay on evictions until Jan. 2.
Caitlin DeYoung of Nationstar Mortgage provided that response in an email to the Sentinel.
"I would like to assure you that we have been and will continue to work with our customers regarding the status of their account," her email said.
Nationstar, Reily's servicer, bought the house and land on Zayante Road, where the Reily family has lived for nine years, for $509,300 at a foreclosure auction Nov. 2, and according to Reily, told him to move out by Dec. 19.
Reily fell behind on payments when the economy tanked in 2009. A federal tax lien of $280,000 is attached to the property.
DeYoung declined to speak about Reily's situation without an authorization signed by him, but her email said the address is not scheduled for eviction.
Reily said that wasn't the message he got from a real estate agent working for Nationstar and handling "cash for keys."
He asked her to check again.
He learned he could stay until Jan. 2 but it would mean giving up the $4,000 being offered for the keys.
"It's not worth four grand to stay another 11 days," he said.
Meanwhile, Mike Doyle of San Francisco, one of the Nationstar 8, an offshoot of Occupy Bernal, called to assist Reily.
"I was in the same situation," Doyle
"We've been able to get results from Nationstar," Doyle said, relating how the group went to the Atherton home of Peter Briger Jr., president and co-chairman of the Fortress Investment Group hedge fund, which owns most of Nationstar, to plead their case.
Through acquisitions, Nationstar is on track to become the largest nonbank mortgage servicer by year's end.
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