Burleson mom faces foreclosure despite monthly payments




Posted on March 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 2 at 3:42 PM

BURLESON - It's not her dream house, but it is Teresa Salinas' first home.

Now, the single mother said she is afraid she will lose her home after learning it's in foreclosure. The Burleson house is up for public auction Tuesday at the Johnson County courthouse.
"I can't afford to buy a house and my credit isn't good enough to rent an apartment," she said.
The mother of two was renting-to-own the home from a company called Buying Homes Today TX Inc. The company is operated by Lana Smeenk, who according to bank records has been receiving mortgage payments monthly from Salinas. Those payments apparently were not used to pay down the loan, and Salinas got a foreclosure notice in late February.
"I'm scared," she said. "I won't know if I'll have a house. I try to stay strong for the kids."
Salinas' home is one of nine Johnson County homes up for auction this week that are owned by Smeenk. Court records show in each case the loan's were defaulted.
Smeenk has not returned calls or e-mails, her clients said.
"I have nothing to say, thank you," she told WFAA from her Joshua home.
She also turned down an interview request from WFAA.
E-mail: ccivale@wfaa.com