Woman says she might lose her home because of bank error

Woman says she might lose her home because of bank error »Play Video
Dee Dingman fears this may be her last Christmas in her home of 45 years because the bank may foreclose on it. (KATU News image)

TUALATIN, Ore. – A widowed homeowner says a bank error has sent her into the fight for her life after the bank began foreclosing on her home even though she has a perfect payment record.

Dee Dingman's bank account records for the past four years show mortgage payments being deposited by the bank every single month. Even with that proof she has been battling for more than three years to save her home.

Dingman's ranch-style home along busy Boones Ferry Road is the only home she's known for the past 45 years. She raised her four children – two boys and two girls – there.

Just short of her 80th birthday she still does a lot of holiday entertaining. The Christmas tree went up just in time for her annual Thanksgiving dinner.

"Twenty-one people came here and oh, we had lots of fun," she says.

But now she wonders if this will be the last holiday season in the home.

Her husband, Leland, worked as a Greyhound driver and she worked at a nearby Kmart to pay off their home.

They did pay it off. But four years ago Leland got really sick and the medical bills piled up. After her husband passed away, Dingman took out a new mortgage to pay off his medical bills. A year after Leland died, however, she started getting foreclosure notices.

"You don't know how shocked I was, because I was getting ready to make another payment," she says.

According to Dingman's bank records, more than $2,300 a month, every month, went to Wells Fargo Bank.

She says Wells Fargo wouldn't listen to her even though she had the records proving she was paid up on the mortgage.

"But they, at that time, still would not go through this invoice register," she says.

She said the bank wouldn't talk to her because she was in foreclosure.

"I mean, what did I do wrong? Tell me what I did wrong in doing this just because they made an error," she says.

Dingman admits it would be easier to just let the home go into foreclosure and get an apartment. But she says there are just too many memories there and more to make.

"I don't want to do that. I want my home," she says.

According to Wells Fargo on Tuesday afternoon, the foreclosure notice remains in effect while it tries to find a solution that will allow Dingman to stay in her home.

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