In the news ... Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Area



32 The Green

Dover, DE  19901

(302) 734-3570

(800) 722-0784

(302) 734-3254 - fax


The 800 King Street Building

800 King Street, Suite 304

Wilmington, DE  19801

(302) 661-1997

(302) 661-1996 - fax



Three Glenhardie Corporate Center

1265 Drummers Lane, Suite 220

Wayne, PA  19087

(610) 687-8020

(800) 842-2080

(610) 687-6056 - fax


Calder Square

P.O. Box 10326

State College, PA  16805-0326

(814) 238-3600

(814) 238-3604 - fax


125 Technology Drive, Suite 101

Canonsburg, PA  15314

(866) 364-2777

(724) 746-5434 - fax



Columbia Corporate Park

8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 2900

Columbia, MD  21045

(410) 953-6763

(800) 664-8306

(410) 953-6761 - fax



9303 Center Street, Suite 101

Manassas, VA  20110-5547

(703) 365-2300

(800) 232-6817

(703) 365-2400 - fax


1245 Mall Drive

Richmond, VA  23235

(804) 897-5499

(888) 859-9222

(804) 288-4090



AmTrust Financial Update


It has come to our attention that on December 4, 2009, AmTrust Bank was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision, which appointed the FDIC as receiver. We understand that the FDIC entered into a Purchase and Assumption Agreement with New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (“NYCB”), of Westbury, NY.

Old Republic has not had an opportunity to review the Purchase and Assumption Agreement, but it is evident that NYCB acquired significant AmTrust assets, including residential mortgages that were not 60 days or more past due as of December 4. NYCB did not acquire non-performing loans, commercial, land or development loans, mortgage servicing rights, or any real estate owned. Those assets are now owned by the FDIC in its capacity as Receiver for AmTrust Bank.

Based on the foregoing, any transfers of real property currently titled in AmTrust, such as REO sales, should be executed by “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as Receiver for AmTrust Bank.” The party providing payoff statements will differ depending on the payment status of a particular loan. Payoff statements will come from “AmTrust Bank, a division of New York Community Bank” if a loan was less than 60 days past due as of Dec. 4, and from AmTrust/FDIC if the loan was 60 days or more past due as of Dec. 4.

We will continue to keep you apprised of information regarding this matter as it develops.  

Please contact Kate Blake-Endicott at 302.734.3570 should you have any questions in this regard.





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