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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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Lien Purchasers Must Give MERS Notice, Says Arizona Appeals Court

Recognizing MERS’s role in modern day mortgage lending, the Arizona Court of Appeals confirmed in Delo v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC that tax lien purchasers must notify MERS when identified in the Deed of Trust before foreclosing on...more

Former Owner Cannot Challenge Foreclosure Procedure In Forcible Detainer Action

In McDaniel v. HSBC Bank USA, NA, McDaniel appealed a trial court's granting a bank possession of real property purchased at a foreclosure sale. No. 05-11-00238-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 1079 (Tex. App.—Dallas February 6,...more

NEW CASE ALERT: California Affirms Equitable Exceptions To The “Merger Doctrine"

The merger doctrine is not absolute and its application will depend upon the equities and the parties’ intentions, the California Court of Appeal recently held in Hamilton Court, LLC v. East Olympic, L.P., 2013 WL 1613269...more

Beware of Deed of Trust Securing Multiple Loans: Priorities May Not Be as They Appear!

In R.E. Loans LLC v. Investors Warranty of America, Inc. (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 1432, the court of appeal decided that a subordination agreement was enforceable even though the new deed of trust (“subordinating loan”) to...more

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Provisions Affecting Banking Institutions

According to December 2012 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf War Era veterans, hovering around eight percent, remains higher than the national rate. Over the last decade, more...more

Securing Multiple Loans With a Single Deed Of Trust Does Not Affect Lien Priority in Foreclosure - Priority of Each Secured Loan...

The California Court of Appeal (Second District) recently determined that the lien priority of multiple loans secured by a single deed of trust must be determined separately for each individual loan. As a result, secured...more

MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules

Under Massachusetts law, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., or MERS, has the power, as nominee beneficiary, to assign its interest under a deed of trust, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled....more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Confirms Foreclosures Cannot Be the Basis for a TCPA Claim

On September 25, 2012, the Middle Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion confirming that foreclosure proceedings cannot serve as the basis for a Tennessee Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claim. ...more

Neither Failure to Name Trustee In Deed of Trust Nor Absence of The Original Note Will Invalidate A Nonjudicial Foreclosure Sale –...

In this recent Court of Appeal opinion, an issue of first impression in California was addressed: That is, can a borrower seek to set aside a nonjudicial foreclosure under a deed of trust which initially failed to identify a...more

Lender Did Not Have Burden To Prove Holder Status In Wrongful Foreclosure Suit

In Campbell v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., the Campbells borrowed money from a lender to purchase a residence. No. 03-11-00428-CV, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 4030 (Tex. App.—Austin May 18, 2012, no pet....more

CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS: CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL No. 278

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL No. 278 CHAPTER 86 An act to amend and add Sections 2923.5 and 2923.6 of, to amend and repeal Section 2924 of, to add Sections 2920.5, 2923.4, 2923.7, 2924.17, and 2924.20 to, to add and repeal...more

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