Members Of
  • USFN*
  • American Legal and Financial Network*
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute*
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*Membership maintained through allied companies RCO Legal, P.S., RCO Legal-Alaska, Inc or FEI, LLC

About Our Company

Northwest Trustee Services, Inc. is a full-service trustee company providing default services to mortgage lenders in the Western United States. We work with financial institutions, credit unions, investors and title insurers in all matters related to residential and commercial foreclosures, including monitoring of senior sales, title resolution, and reconveyances.

  • Conducts foreclosures in AK, CA, ID, MT, NV, OR & WA
  • Fully integrated with all primary vendor systems
  • Associated with sister law firm, RCO Legal, P.S., which conducts judicial foreclosures in our coverage area.
  • More successful at reducing REO inflows by free listing of auction properties on
  • Long-standing member of the MBA, USFN and UTA; Awarded USFN’s highest honor of excellence 16 years in a row (1995-2010)

After 16 years in business our trustee company brings unequalled experience to both routine and complex loan files. Our foreclosure team managers average more than twenty years working on foreclosures and some are nearing thirty years in the states they service. We handle both residential and commercial/multi-family foreclosures, possessing a greater level of sophistication than our residential-only competitors.

None of our competitors invest as heavily in efficiency and security solutions as our firm. The size and scope of our technology team enables us to adapt our systems to quickly become compatible with our clients. Each non-judicial file goes through numerous reviews and is fully docketed by our file tracking software system. We obtain metrics directly from our system, enabling us to deliver to you custom, real-time reports. Our company is fully integrated with all primary vendor systems.

Additional Trustee Services

Monitoring of Senior Sales
There’s more to a full-service trustee than just processing foreclosure files. For junior lien holders, we offer complete foreclosure monitoring, coordination of funds, arrangement for a representative to attend and bid at the foreclosure sale, and coordination of the recording of the Trustee’s Sale Deed.

Title Resolution Services
Our in-house Title Resolution team is a dynamic and experienced group, including former Title and Escrow Officers. We provide curative services dealing with title encumbrances such as clearing prior liens, addressing legal description matters, property vesting issues, manufactured home conversions, etc.

Reconveyance/Lien Releases
Our lien release service covers the entire country. This is a large advantage to our clients. Upon request of the current beneficiary, we will expedite a Full and Partial Reconveyance of real property.
One of our biggest value-add services is our foreclosure sale website, All clients automatically receive the benefit of having their sales posted to attract third-party bidders. USA-Foreclosure is the nation’s largest non-subscription-based foreclosure property website.

Executive Bios

Stephen Routh

Stephen D. Routh co-founded Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., the largest provider of non-judicial foreclosure services in the Western United States. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa (B.S., 1972) and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific (J.D. 1975), Stephen is a shareholder and founding partner of Routh Crabtree Olsen, P.S. Stephen represents lending institutions, major investors, and creditors concerning loan delinquencies, foreclosure, bankruptcy and unsecured debt collection.

Stephen is one of the leading voices nationwide in the mortgage lending and default servicing industry. Stephen has been a member of the USFN from 1988 to the present. Stephen’s involvement in the USFN has included three terms on the USFN Board of Directors from 1991 to the present; President-Elect from 1997 to 1998; President from 1998 to 2000; Immediate Past President from 2000 to 2002; and Chair of the Liaison Committee 2000 to 2002.