NEW PORT RICHEY — It appears Sharon and James Bullington will have to wait a little longer to learn how Bank of America plans to modify their mortgage.
The couple's anxiety hasn't diminished since the bank apologized this week for mistakenly pushing their home into foreclosure despite the couple making their mortgage payment early.
Shawn Yesner, the Bullingtons' attorney, said bank officials told him they will call him daily until a resolution is reached. Bank officials told him "they are aggressively working the Bullingtons' file at the highest level … and may not have an answer by week's end."
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, started calling bank officials about the case Monday. An official told him he'd get an answer Wednesday. No call came. On Thursday, the bank assured Fasano the couple would have details by Friday.
"It's concerning and frustrating that it has taken this long to get a simple answer," Fasano said.
James Bullington, 78, is terminally ill and bedridden. Sharon, 70, is his sole caregiver.
The retired couple faced foreclosure after paying a January mortgage payment one week early in December to Bank of America. The next month, the bank rejected their next payment because it was made electronically without a signature.
The bank then kicked them out of a loan-modification plan and filed to foreclose on their home. On Monday, two days after the St. Petersburg Times published an article detailing the saga, Bank of America admitted its mistake.
The bank called the Bullingtons this week, but the couple referred the call to their attorney, said Christina Beyer Toth, a bank spokeswoman.
"Once again, we sincerely apologize to the Bullingtons for the service they received from the bank, and we hope that the permanent modification they will shortly receive will provide them with peace of mind," Toth said.