Deed of Trust

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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

Appellate Court Notes

AC35632- U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Foote - Second time is the charm. Defendant succeeded in getting plaintiff’s foreclosure action dismissed for lack of standing due to the inability of the witnesses to establish that the...more

Court Of Appeal Affirms Dismissal Of Action Against Numerous Financial Institutions Alleging Mortgage And Deed Of Trust On...

Pro Se Plaintiff Yvanova sued a number of financial institutions after her residence was nonjudicially foreclosed alleging one cause of action to quiet title to her residence in herself. Among other things, Plaintiff alleged...more

Virginia Supreme Court Allows Damages Claim for Violation of HUD Regulation Requiring Face-to-Face Meeting before Seeking...

The Virginia Supreme Court recently expanded the grounds under which a private borrower can sue a lender for violations of HUD regulations. In Squire v. Virginia Housing Development Authority, a decision issued on April 17,...more

Can an HOA "Super-Priority" Lien Extinguish a Lender's Deed?

It is hard to imagine that a lender’s first-position deed of trust on a residence worth hundreds of thousands of dollars could be extinguished by a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for overdue neighborhood assessments,...more

Court Of Appeal Finds Lender Is Not Entitled To Recover Portion Of Developer's Future Judgment In Connection With Property Damage...

In Thoryk v. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (2014) 225 Cal.App.4th 386, Thoryk owned a large piece of land ("Land") in San Diego County. Encumbering the Land was a first deed of trust in favor of PFI Realty ("PFI") and a...more

Supreme Court Seeks Federal Government Opinion on National Bank Act Preemption of State Foreclosure Law

Considering a petition for certiorari filed by Federal National Mortgage Association in a case concerning which state’s law governs a national bank’s authority to serve as trustee under a deed of trust—the state in which the...more

Lenders and Servicers: Be Aware of How Trustees Handle Excess Proceeds from HOA Foreclosure Sales in Nevada

Lenders and servicers have been addressing the issue of some Nevada courts ruling that a foreclosure sale by a homeowners association (HOA) "wipes out" a senior deed of trust. Since the date of our last legal alert on this...more

Washington Court of Appeals Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against Guarantors Following Nonjudicial...

The Deed of Trust Act generally bars a lender from seeking a deficiency judgment against a borrower following nonjudicial foreclosure of a deed of trust securing the borrower's loan. The Act contains some exceptions in the...more

Recent Deed of Trust Act Cases Pose New Challenges

In 2013, Washington courts issued several decisions impacting the way banks, loan servicing companies, foreclosure trustees and other industry participants must approach claims arising out of nonjudicial foreclosure...more

California Court Rejects “Sham Guaranty” Defense; Enforces Guaranty

The “sham guaranty” defense may absolve a guarantor of liability when no deficiency is available against the borrower, and the guarantor is really the borrower with a different name. In California Bank and Trust v. Lawler...more

Why Take a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure? Why Not?

So you're headed for receivership and foreclosure, when the borrower rep or your counsel asks, "What about a deed in lieu?" "I don't know," you think. "Getting a receiver appointed and foreclosing is what I'm most familiar...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Holds That Certain Residential Developers Are Not Protected By The Anti-Deficiency Statute After...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction of a single-family...more

Bank Obtains Dismissal Of Surviving Heir’s Reverse Mortgage Class Action

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice a putative class action alleging a bank breached its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Deed of Trust and HUD regulations by...more

Prospective Waivers of the Fair Market Value Defense Held Invalid

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently held that commercial borrowers and guarantors cannot prospectively waive their right to limit their damages in a deficiency action on the basis of the fair market value of property sold...more

Be Secure In Understanding Secured Interests

When a business borrows money, especially when it’s a new business, the lender wants to make sure it will be repaid even if the business fails. The lender often asks for additional security that it will be paid. Additional...more

BVI Case Notes, October 2013

Below is a summary of recent cases out of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court, compiled by Harneys’ Litigation team. Ruling on the use and status of ancillary relief proceedings and forum non conveniens...more

Arizona Decision May Complicate Foreclosure and Eviction Process for Lenders

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision could create new complexities for lenders exercising their power of sale under a deed of trust. In Grady v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, the Court of Appeals sided with the...more

Court Says Refinancing Lender Can’t Get No Satisfaction When Paying Down Existing Lender’s HELOC

Loan servicers often receive payments on open-end home equity lines of credit (“HELOC”) that pay the balance down to $0. Sometimes that is because the borrower intends to pay off the loan through a refinancing or sale of the...more

A Non-Purchase Money Second Deed of Trust is Not Protected by Arizona’s Anti-deficiency Statute

Arizona anti-deficiency laws do not prohibit a non-purchase money lender from suing on its note after foreclosure by a senior lender. In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Brewer, No. 1CA-CV 12-0383 (Ariz. Ct. App. May 21, 2013...more

Show-Me-The-Note v. Split-the-Note: An Overview of Rulings from the Fifth Circuit Court of Texas

In the case of Ashley Martins v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. and Federal National Mortgage Association (No. 12-20559, 2013 WL 3213633), the Fifth Circuit Court of Texas was first asked to decide whether the...more

Popeye And Purchase Money Loans

In Enloe v. Kelso, 2013 WL 3357884 (2d Dist. 2013), the Second District Court of Appeal wrote a (characteristically) “short and sweet” opinion holding that the prohibition on obtaining a deficiency judgment under a deed of...more

Changes to the Recordation Tax in Maryland for Refinancing Commercial Mortgage Loans: Recordation Tax Imposed Only on New Money

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law an act providing relief to commercial borrowers that wish to refinance or modify loans originally secured by indemnity deeds of trust. This new law, effective July 1, 2013,...more

Important Changes to Nevada's Non-Judicial Foreclosure Process

Lenders who secure loans with real property and their foreclosing trustees should be aware of important changes to the Nevada Revised Statutes regarding non-judicial foreclosures that went into effect on June 1, 2013....more

Oregon Supreme Court Rulings Allow Nonjudicial Foreclosures To Proceed

On June 6, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings resolving issues around the role of MERS in the non-judicial foreclosure process and allowing such foreclosures to move forward....more

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