As said different ways below, as a "non-Realtor" there is no readily accessible access to that information. The tax records, which are accessible to Realtors, will state the maker of the First Trust Deed. (That is, the lender who originated the loan at time of purchase or refinance) However, the maker of the loan may no longer hold the loan; it cound have been sold off to another investor, and is only being serviced by the originator.
For example, I have a short sale right now with a first and second made through B of A, but, although B of A services both loans (collects the payments, etc) the First Trust Deed is in truth held by Wells Fargo, to whom it was sold by B of A. So the short sale negotiations must be initiated through B of A but agree to by Wells.
I would agree with Johanna; myour question makes me wonder if you think this information is germane to the success or failure of the short sale? We have all experienced short sale nightmares, with any number of lenders, but B of A is getting a bad rap out there right now.
More helpful to gauging the success of a short sale is knowing the reputation of the listing agent. A good listing agent, experienced and certified in short sales, goes a long way towards short sale success. You (or your Buyer Agent) needs to pre-qualify the listing agent to see how prepared they are. To that end, I have developed a list of "Questions to Ask of the Short Sale Listing Agent", that will let you know their training, knowledge, experience, success and closing ratios, etc.
A good agent can close with Wells, B of A, Chase, Citi, whoever. Do your homework with the listing agent before making an offer, and a good listing agent will help you get your short sale home.
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