Has anyone dealt with Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems?

We put in an offer on a house and it shows Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems is who holds the current mortgage, does anyone know how long it typically takes this company to respond to an offer?

Update:

According to property records MERS bought the property from auction in August 2012 for $85,000.

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  • wizjp
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    7 years ago
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    MERS is not the mortgage holder. MERS is an electronic tracking system that keeps registrations on whom the actual current mortgage is owned by.

    From WIKI:

    Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) is an American privately held company that operates an electronic registry designed to track servicing rights and ownership of mortgage loans in the United States.[1] MERS is owned by holding company MERSCORP, Inc.

    The real estate law and real estate transactions in the US are subject to state regulations and county level recordation requirements, since the time of the establishment of the US as an independent country.[2] That made it quite cumbersome for financial companies to develop a smooth operation of a market based on US mortgages in the early 1980s.[3] This is because every time a financial instrument containing mortgages is sold, various state laws may require that the sale of each such mortgage (or deed of trust) be recorded in the local county courts in order to preserve certain rights (e.g., the right to foreclose non-judicially), which triggers an obligation to pay corresponding recording fees.[4] So, the financial industry, eager to trade in mortgage-backed securities, needed to find a way around these recordation requirements, and this is how MERS was born to replace public recordation with a private one.[5] By 2007, MERS registered some two-thirds of all the home loans in the US.[6]

    I'd look at the deed. Odds are it was the original lender taking the property back in out of the foreclosure

    Source(s): Land title agent. I do this for a living.
  • 7 years ago

    the other two answers are make valid sense to me. MERS is supposedly bankruptcy remote. Allegedly meaning it doesn't have any assets, can't buy anything and can't sell anything. I am not and would never tell anybody what to do, (this is not advice) but I would stay away from any property with MERS in its title. A party could end up with some serious title issues.

    Search around for other articles on MERS to see what they are about.

  • 7 years ago

    I agree with the first answer above. In addition, you should take a look at the chain of title, which may have been compromised when MERS came on the scene. The title company should have already done this homework, but sometimes they don't do a thorough job.

    Source(s): COTA Preparer. I do this for a living. COTA = Chain Of Title Assessment "Clouded Titles" by Dave Krieger - http://cloudedtitles.com
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