Foreclosure is a legal process whereby a lender seeks to force the sale of a mortgaged property in order to recover the balance of a delinquent loan. Recently, the foreclosure process has been the subject of... more +
Foreclosure is a legal process whereby a lender seeks to force the sale of a mortgaged property in order to recover the balance of a delinquent loan. Recently, the foreclosure process has been the subject of greater legislative and judicial scrutiny after systemic abuses were uncovered during the widespread foreclosure crisis resulting from the Great Recession. less -
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Attachment Issues: Staple the Allonge to the Note or Else!

In attempting to fend off lenders’ mortgage foreclosure actions, borrowers will often assert defenses challenging the lenders’ right to foreclose. Two recent Connecticut Superior Court decisions provide cautionary tales on...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 14, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: foreclosing bank did not establish standing where it failed to submit evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time of filing of foreclosure...more

Title Insurance: What is its Value?

As I type this blog post, I am sitting at my desk with a four-inch-thick binder filled with title insurance forms—form policies, form endorsements, premium rate tables, survey requirements, etc.—and it occurs to me that many...more

District Court Holds That a Late Assignment to a Securitized Trust Is Voidable, Not Void, and Does Not Permit a Claim for Wrongful...

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued an opinion in Spangler v. Selene Finance, LP, rejecting a borrower’s allegation that an assignment of a deed of trust recorded after a foreclosure...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 7, 2016

Foreclosure: debtor that agreed to “surrender” property in bankruptcy was required to surrender the property to the bankruptcy trustee and secured creditor, and lost right to defend secured creditor’s foreclosure action...more

Resolving Shopping Center Foreclosures in Florida - Considerations for Lenders

Shopping centers in Florida—and across the country—are increasingly facing financial stress due to factors such as Internet commerce and rent pressures. Rents generated from a shopping center are usually pledged as...more

International focus - Taking security over real estate in the Commonwealth of Independent States

For better or worse, we live in an increasingly globalised world. And in the lifetime of many businesses, there comes a time when they need to expand into new markets in foreign lands. Rather than taking the well-trodden road...more

A Superficial Analysis of Competitive Foreclosure Won’t Play in Peoria

A federal trial court rejected a hospital’s antitrust claims that it was substantially foreclosed from the market by its rival’s exclusive contracts with payors. The court concluded that foreclosure in healthcare services...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Surrendering Your Property in Bankruptcy Means You Must Actually Surrender It

The title of this article seems self-evident. Lenders, servicers, and others active in the foreclosure arena these past few years know that it has been anything but. Borrowers surrender property in bankruptcy but,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Bankruptcy Homeowners Cannot Surrender Residence in Bankruptcy and Later Fight Lender’s Foreclosure

In a rare win for mortgage lenders, the 11th Circuit (controlling law in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama) ruled today that an owner who agrees to “surrender” their residence in bankruptcy court under 11 U.S.C. Section...more

What Do I Do With This Stuff? Dealing With Abandoned Property After Foreclosure

You’ve successfully foreclosed on a commercial building in California, and, thankfully, the borrower moved out after foreclosure or after a period of tenancy. But the borrower left behind all sorts of property – furniture,...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Debtors Who Surrender Real Property in Bankruptcy Cannot Oppose Foreclosure

On October 4, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that chapter 7 debtors who file a statement of intention to surrender real property in bankruptcy cannot later contest a foreclosure action, and bankruptcy...more

In the Tenth Circuit, Colorado’s On-Going Debate over the “Fairly Debatable” Defense

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, The Home Loan Investment Co. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., 827 F.3d 1256 (10th Cir. 2016), demonstrates that, although multiple jurisdictions may recognize similar defenses...more

11th Circuit Holds That Entity Collecting Its Own Debt, Which It Acquired After Default, Is Not a “Debt Collector” Under the...

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its prior holding in Arencibia v. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. that an entity that acquires and collects debt on its own behalf does not qualify as a debt collector under...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 23 & 30, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Hearsay/Business Records: trial court abused its discretion by excluding the mortgage records, which included records from a prior servicer, where plaintiff’s witness demonstrated...more

Sixth Circuit Lifts the Lid On Pre-Approved Filings Under Seal

Any thought that the Sixth Circuit’s June decision regarding filings under seal in Shane Group, Inc. v. BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016), might be narrowly construed based upon the nature of the...more

Proposed Regulation Issued Under New York State’s “Zombie Properties” Law: Law Firm, Attorneys, New York

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has proposed a new regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”) that will require mortgage lenders and servicers to report vacant and abandoned properties in accordance...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax...

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as...more

Surviving the Zombie [Foreclosure] Apocalypse

Preparing For A World When Lis Pendens Protections Are All But Ober - “BEWARE REAL PROPERTY LITIGATORS” warns a former chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. This advice, given...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.22.16

As most expected, the Fed held rates steady yesterday. Though its divided FOMC and Chair Yellen’s comments about an improving economy seem to portend a rate hike before the end of the year....more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

TIMBER! – Liability for damage to private property caused from a fallen tree?

For better or worse, banks frequently obtain possession of, or title to, pieces of property. Often times, these parcels of land have been neglected and are in poor condition. It would not be surprising to find a property...more

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