'Snoopy House' owner may get decorations back [Corrected]

As offers of help to move and store the Christmas props flood in, the man behind the traditional display in Costa Mesa will have a chance to collect the pieces.

November 30, 2011|By Joseph Serna
  • Jim Jordan leans on his truck full of the reindeer cutouts and other props used in his popular annual Snoopy House Christmas display in Costa Mesa. He was forced remove the set peices that made up the popular annual neighborhood display by Tuesday.
Jim Jordan leans on his truck full of the reindeer cutouts… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — The owner of Costa Mesa's beloved "Snoopy House" Christmas display will have an opportunity to gather the rest of the props he wasn't able to take when the home was shuttered, Wells Fargo officials said Wednesday.

The Nov. 30 article “'Snoopy House' owner may get decorations back” should have said that Jordan was evicted Tuesday, Nov. 29. The home was in foreclosure the previous year.

The bank foreclosed Tuesday on Jim Jordan's Eastside house, a large corner property at 2669 Santa Ana Ave., after it fell in arrears more than a year ago.

Legal technicalities kept the home from being foreclosed sooner, said Jordan, 59, who is fighting in court to keep the house.

In a prepared email statement, Wells Fargo spokeswoman Edna Silva said Jordan will have a chance to move the rest of his giant Christmas display.

"We understand that Mr. Jordan and the community has made a considerable time and financial investment in the annual holiday display outside the home," she wrote. "Ultimately, Mr. Jordan will be the one to make the final decision on how the property will removed.


"Since the foreclosure sale on Nov. 24, 2010, Mr. Jordan has been provided ample time to determine the most suitable option for preserving and removing his personal effects from the property. On Nov. 9, 2011, we offered Mr. Jordan an additional three weeks to make arrangements for removal of his property.

"At this point, we are exploring multiple options on how to get his property back to him. Foreclosure is an option of last resort, and it's regrettable that we had to foreclose on Mr. Jordan's rental property. While we work hard to prevent foreclosures, it is not always avoidable."

Though he's fighting the bank in court, Jordan said he appreciated the opportunity to remove his Christmas display.

"I didn't expect any consideration at all from Wells Fargo, so I'm very grateful for that," Jordan said.

Wells Fargo foreclosed after Jordan stopped making payments during his a failed attempt to strike a deal with the bank to modify his home loan.

Jordan said he hired a man to work with the bank, but the man took his money and ran. Then one day, Jordan said, he got a notice that his home was in foreclosure.

He tried to renegotiate his loan with the bank, but didn't qualify. He's now suing Wells Fargo, claiming the bank sold his home before his window to recover the property was closed. Wells Fargo denies that assertion in court documents.

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