Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

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City of Chicago to Tax Assignments of Mortgages

Recently the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance issued Real Property Transfer Tax Ruling #4, which clarifies the intent of the City’s Real Property Transfer Tax. The ruling details the application of the exemptions to...more

HUD’s Proposal to Terminate FHA Insurance Policies Could Terminate the FHA Program

If there is anything that galls servicers of government-insured loans, it is the forfeiture or curtailment of all accrued interest from mortgage insurance claims resulting from the failure to foreclose fast enough within...more

“Deed in Lieu”: Deed That Is Not Really In Lieu Of Foreclosure Will Likely Not Be Treated As a Deed

In re Primes, 518 B.R. 466 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – A mortgagee moved for relief from the automatic stay, arguing that it acquired title to property prior to the bankruptcy under a quit claim deed given to it by the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Probate/Quit Claim Deeds: trial court correctly ordered personal representative to issue deeds conveying properties to son and mother, subject to life estate held by son – Ciungu v. Bulea, Case...more

A Welcome Change of Law in NC: A Workable Framework for Transferring Declarant Rights in a Foreclosure or Deed in Lieu

Good news! The murkiness surrounding declarant rights in North Carolina became a little clearer this summer. On July 7, 2014, Governor McCrory signed an amendment to the Planned Community Act addressing the transfer of...more

California Retroactively Extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief, But Only For 2013

At the end of July, the California state legislature enacted an extension of its modified conformity to federal mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for 1 year, through 2013. The law allows exclusion of income realized as a...more

Merger Doctrine Does Not Prevent Deed of Trust Beneficiary From Extinguishing Junior Lien through Foreclosure, California Court...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that a foreclosure by the beneficiary under a first deed of trust extinguished a junior lien, even though the beneficiary acquired the property by way of a deed in lieu of...more

HUD Updates Requirements For Pre-Foreclosure Sales And Deeds-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure

On July 10, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-15, which updates requirements for pre-foreclosure sales (PFS) and deeds-in-lieu (DIL) of foreclosure for all mortgagees servicing FHA single-family mortgages....more

Preserving The Right To Foreclose After Accepting A Deed In Lieu

When a lender seeks to foreclose under a deed of trust, often a borrower who does not have the resources or incentive to resist the foreclosure will offer the lender a deed in lieu of foreclosure. This can be an attractive...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On June 3, Freddie Mac announced revisions to numerous servicing policies, including policies regarding, among other things, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs), the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules, and...more

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Guide Announcements

Over the past week, Fannie Mae has announced numerous servicing policy changes through a series of Servicing Guide Announcements. In SVC-2013-25, Fannie Mae updated allowable bankruptcy attorney and foreclosure attorney fees,...more

Freddie Mac Updates Short Sale, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements

On November 25, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-24, which revises numerous short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) requirements. The bulletin updates, among other things, eligibility requirements for exceptions to...more

Fannie Mae Updates Standard Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements

On October 17, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-21, which revises servicers’ responsibilities in finalizing standard deed-in-lieu of foreclosures (DILs). Servicers now must (i) complete a final interior...more

HUD Updates Pre-Foreclosure And Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements, Extends Unemployment Forbearance

On July 9, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-23, which updates pre-foreclosure sale (PFS) and deed-in-lieu (DIL) foreclosure requirements for FHA-approved mortgagees....more

Fannie Mae Updates Short Sale Requirements, Issues Servicing Clarifications And Reminders

On June 19, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-13, which describes policy changes related to its standard short sale requirements, including (i) the multiple listing service requirements, (ii) credit...more

An Overview of Trustee's Sales in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Lenders most often choose to proceed with the trustee's sale pursuant to the deed of trust because a trustee's sale is faster and cheaper than proceeding with a judicial sale, and it has advantages over accepting a deed in...more

Banks Not Required to Capitalize OREO Costs

The Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service has issued a Legal Memorandum (Number AM2013-001, dated March 1, 2013) (the “Memorandum”), which has important implications and represents a victory for lenders...more

Federal Help to Get Residential Real Estate Market Back on Track: 2 New Programs to Resolve Mortgage Issues Debut for Freddie Mac,...

The federal government, through the Federal Housing Finance Agency which oversees Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, continues to find ways to resolve the Housing Crisis and news this week is that two new, big programs that are...more

Fannie Mae Releases Standard Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure Requirements, Announces Other Servicing Policies

On November 28, Fannie Mae introduced new requirements for Fannie Mae Mortgage Release, Fannie Mae’s deed-in-lieu of foreclosure process. Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2012-25 announced three exit options for borrowers...more

I Owe More Than My House is Worth and I am Waiting on the Bank to Threaten Foreclosure - What Can a Homeowner Do?

The United States is going through one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. Bankruptcy filings have increased, unemployment is high and home values have decreased exponentially since 2007 highs. Many home...more

Freddie Mac Announces Standard Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

On November 15, Freddie Mac announced the new Freddie Mac Standard Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure (DIL), which is designed to serve as a workout option for borrowers for whom neither a home retention alternative to foreclosure...more

Should a Lender Obtain an Owner’s Title Insurance Policy after Foreclosure?

In a time when foreclosures are all too common, many secured lenders end up taking title to the real properties securing their loans. One of the questions, then, is should a lender obtain an owner’s title insurance policy or...more

Top 7 Tips To Avoid Foreclosure

7 steps distressed homeowners can take to avoid the foreclosure of their home. Options include: 1. Loan modification 2. Refinancing 3. Litigation 4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy 5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy 6. Short sale,...more

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