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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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 13 & 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Property Damage/Breach of Contract: insurer failed to prove that it provided insured with notification of its right to mediate at the time insured made his claim pursuant to Florida Statutes,...more

Bankruptcy Court Order Compelling Surrender of Property Upheld on Appeal

On November 23, 2015, in the first appellate decision of its kind, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida affirmed a bankruptcy court order to compel chapter 7 debtors to surrender real property by directing...more

Indiana Court Weighs in Deficiency Judgments

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently held that creditors must move for an in personam remedy in the original foreclosure judgment or forfeit their right to collect deficiency funds. In Elliott v. Dyck O’Neal, the bank...more

After-Acquired Title Doctrine Held Applicable to Subsequent Purchaser

In BCML Holding LLC v. Wilmington Trust, N.A., the purchaser of a property at an association foreclosure sale for unpaid assessments contended that the first mortgage was void ab initio because title to the property wasn’t...more

Florida Appellate Court Provides New Insight on the Statute of Limitations and Pleading Re-Filed Foreclosures

In Hicks v. Wells Fargo, 5D14-1748, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal issued the first appellate opinion to pass on the proper method of pleading a re-filed foreclosure where a prior foreclosure effort was dismissed...more

Latest Salvo in the Ongoing Nevada HOA Dispute

The Nevada Supreme Court recently sent shockwaves through the mortgage lending industry when it issued its opinion in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., holding that the foreclosure of an HOA lien could...more

MassDEP Agrees to Settlements with Financial Institutions to Resolve Alleged Violations of Massachusetts Environmental Laws at...

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) recently entered into consent orders with two financial institutions to resolve alleged Massachusetts environmental law violations occurring at two bank...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36382, AC36387 - Hilton v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36922 - Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pasiak - This was Round Three of a case previously reported on. An...more

Surplus Proceeds Available for Foreclosure Purchasers Who Face "Holdover" Homeowners

Surplus proceeds resulting from a residential foreclosure sale are rare. By nature, homeowners facing foreclosure are generally underwater on their mortgage, and have not been able (or willing) to achieve a short sale. But...more

Taking Exception with the CFPB’s Attempt to Regulate Lawyers

The CFPB filed a lawsuit against two law firms, The Mortgage Law Group, LLP (MLG) and Consumer First Legal Group, LLC (CFLG), who provided foreclosure assistance to their clients. See CFPB v. The Mortg. Law Grp., Case No....more

Tax Court Clarifies Meaning of Worthlessness for Real Property Loss Deductions

In the recently published case of Tucker v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-185, the Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to a loss deduction for real property subject to a recourse mortgage unless and until a...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 30 & November 6, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eminent Domain: property owners forced to defend against excessive litigation caused by condemning authority entitled to attorneys’ fees: (1) for hours defending excessive litigation, fees should...more

Third DCA Rejects Use of Strict Compliance Standard for Paragraph 22 Notices, Expressly Adopts Substantial Compliance

Many judges in Miami-Dade County and elsewhere held the view that “strict” compliance was the standard to determine if a notice of default complied with the provisions of a paragraph 22 of a mortgage.  To this day, no...more

There Are Limits: Florida First District Court of Appeal Upholds Discovery Limitations

In CQB, 2010, LLC v. Bank of New York Mellon, the Florida First District Court of Appeal provides guidance on discovery limitations in foreclosure actions. In CQB, the petitioner, the defendant in a foreclosure proceeding,...more

Banking & Financial Services E- Note - October 2015

Last week the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued its muchanticipated Staff Guidance on what sort of supervision states should provide to regulatory boards in order for those boards to qualify for antitrust...more

Litigation Alert: Washington Supreme Court Clears Up Ambiguity on "Holder" versus "Owner" of Secured Notes

The Washington Supreme Court, sitting en banc, affirmed in Brown v. Washington State Department of Commerce the Department of Commerce’s denial of a mediation request under the Foreclosure Fairness Act (FFA) made by a...more

How Long Is Too Long To Reopen A Bankruptcy Case?

In a per curiam opinion that is not precedential but of interest to lenders who take mortgages as security, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided that the Debtor’s effort to reopen her bankruptcy case was too...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies Mandatory Mediation Program Exemption – Holders Score a Washington Victory

The servicer community recently scored an important victory in an opinion issued by the en banc Washington Supreme Court. The decision — Brown v. Wash. State Dep’t. of Commerce, — clarifies the scope of the small lender...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

FHA Withdraws Proposed Rule Establishing Insurance Claim Deadline

Recently, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) withdrew part of a proposed rule that sought to establish a maximum time period within which an FHA approved mortgagee must file a claim with FHA for insurance benefits. The...more

Avoiding a Limitations Fight by Rescinding Acceleration

Texas recently added a new statute aimed at providing lienholders and loan servicers an unambiguous method for unilaterally abandoning the acceleration of a loan's maturity. When a borrower defaults in paying an...more

Guarantors Can Use Anti-Deficiency Statute in North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently handed down the final word in a dispute over whether guarantors get the benefit of the state’s anti-deficiency statute after the lender bids on and buys the real property at a...more

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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 23, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Documentary Stamp Tax: deferred interest on a “pick-a-payment” mortgage did not amount to future advance, which would have required payment of documentary stamp tax - Steinberg v. Wells...more

Third Circuit Provides Gifting Guidance in § 363 Sales

Under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor is permitted to sell substantially all of its assets outside of a plan of reorganization. Over the past two decades, courts have increasingly liberalized the standards under...more

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