D.C.’s foreclosure investigation freezes home sales for months

Sales of foreclosed houses in the District ground to a halt for months as the city’s investigation into the foreclosure process scared away title insurers who didn’t want the risk associated with the property.

And although the D.C. Office of the Attorney General is now sorting out the confusion, the stalemate has left some prospective homebuyers embittered and frustrated. “For lack of better words I’m in limbo until this gets straightened out,” said Kevin, who declined to give his last name because he is still trying to buy the home.

He has been living in a hotel since he moved to the region for a job three months ago. “I can’t place the blame on the title insurers,” Kevin added.

“It used to be a risk-free type of insurance — now everyone’s make claims against the title.”

Todd Ewing, president of Federal Title & Escrow Co., said the attorney general’s investigation into the filing process behind D.C. foreclosures led insurance underwriters to believe the risk of insuring the title on a foreclosed home would be too high.

“Quite frankly we’re just turning away that business,” Ewing said. “The requirements and the extent of work that has to be done to insure title is beyond what we can profit out of the transaction.”

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