Foreclosure Borrowers

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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Federal Court Finds Foreclosing Mortgagees Must Strictly Comply with “Paragraph 22” Under Rhode Island Law, Consistent With Recent...

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island recently decided that a mortgagee must strictly comply with paragraph 22 of the mortgage in order to obtain a valid foreclosure in Rhode Island. Martins v....more

Florida Supreme Court Finds That the Statute of Limitations Does Not Prevent a Subsequent Foreclosure Action Based on Payment...

Action Item: If a prior foreclosure action has been dismissed with prejudice, mortgagees may bring new actions to foreclose on mortgages based upon post-dismissal payment default, so long as the new action is brought within...more

Law Enforcement Thwarts Sovereign Freeman

Copyrighting their names, “signing” with red thumbprints – we’ve seen some unusual court filings from unique individuals. But one person has apparently gone too far. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lender when a...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That a Debtor’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Means Just That-You Must Surrender

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, — F.3d — (2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who...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

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

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

Mortgage-Loan Modification Scam Ends with Serious Consequences

A California man that operated as a high-level sales executive for a fraudulent residential mortgage-loan modification scheme will now spend several years in jail. From 2009 to 2016, Mehdi Moarefian (aka Michael Miller)...more

CFPB Finalizes New Foreclosure Protections

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued updated servicing rules to expand foreclosure protections for homeowners and struggling borrowers. ...more

CFPB Unveils New Loss Mitigation Principles for Lenders

With the end of the Department of Treasury’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) coming in January 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has released a set of four principles for financial...more

Florida's Fourth DCA Confirms that a Borrower is in the Best Position to Know Their Own Financial Information

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently affirmed its prior decision in Vidal v. Liquidation Properties, Inc., 104 So. 3d 1274 (4th DCA 2013). Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Hilary A. Williamson, Case No. 4D15-285, 2016 WL...more

Court Affirms Electronic Notes are Enforceable in Florida

Recently, the District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District of Florida affirmed that electronic signatures are enforceable against a borrower in a foreclosure action. On April 1, 2008, two borrowers executed an electronic...more

Standing in Foreclosure Cases: Still a Recurring Issue

On July 13, 2016, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that summary judgment was improperly entered because an affidavit filed by a substitute plaintiff conflicted with the mortgage foreclosure complaint as to what...more

NY Strengthens Law Concerning Zombie Properties as Well as Good Faith Negotiations

New York Senate Bill S8159 - On June 23, 2016, the New York State Legislature passed a bill imposing new requirements upon mortgage servicers seeking to foreclose on defaulted home loans. The bill — S8159, dubbed the...more

Deed of Trust Provisions Allowing Lenders/Servicers to Enter, Maintain, and Secure Encumbered Properties May be Unenforceable...

On July 7, 2016, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington issued its opinion in Jordan v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, which, prior to foreclosure, may prevent servicers from securing property after a default or, at least,...more

Careful Who You Trust. A Lender Can Be Liable For The Negligence And Misrepresentations Of Its Loan Servicers, Even Absent Any...

In the recent case of Daniels v. Select Portfolio Serving, Inc., the California Court of Appeal has held that a lender may be liable for the negligence and misrepresentations of the lender’s servicer, without any contractual...more

Collateral 101: Perfecting Security Interests in Common and Uncommon Collateral

As most people (at least in the banking world) know, a security interest is the granting of an interest in property to secure obligations, usually loan debt. If the borrower defaults under its obligations, the bank can...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - June 2016

Seventh Circuit Held No Implicit Threat to Proceed to Trial by Debt Collector When Filing a Collection Lawsuit - St. John v. CACH, LLC, No.14-2760, 2016 WL 2909195 (7th Cir. May 19, 2016) - On May 19, 2016, the...more

Borrowers Cannot Rely on Technical Admissions to Defeat a Mortgage Foreclosure Action

Recounting the relevant facts, Wells Fargo initiated a foreclosure action against Ms. Voorhees in Sarasota County in June 2009. Wells Fargo filed a motion for summary judgment in June 2013. After Voorhees failed to file...more

No right to jury trial in foreclosure, even where lender seeks money judgment on promissory note

Given the choice, a borrower in foreclosure may prefer that a jury determine her fate, rather than a judge.  But by statute, “[a]ll mortgages shall be foreclosed in equity” and “foreclosure claim[s] shall, if tried, be tried...more

FHFA Announces Home Modification Program

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) announced the launch of a principal reduction program for first-lien mortgages that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to the...more

Recent Arizona Case Law and Other Developments Affecting Real Estate Lending

Recent Arizona Case Law - Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC v. La Sonrisa De Siena, LLC (AZ Court of Appeals 2016). The borrowers signed a $28.6 million note and DOT to CIBC. The note required interest-only payments with a...more

Highmark Properties Revisited: Lender Credit Bids

The dust has yet to settle on the landmark decision of High Point Bank & Trust Co. v. Highmark Properties, LLC, 776 S.E.2d 838 (N.C. 2015). Before delving into the decision that should serve as a harbinger of imminent and...more

A Guaranteed Defense: An Overview of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Decision in High Point Bank & Trust Co. v. Highmark...

Until recently, a common question that arose during foreclosure deficiency actions was whether a guarantor on a loan could raise the anti-deficiency defense set forth in section N.C.G.S. § 45–21.36. This past fall, the North...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2016 #1

Supreme Court of California Makes Mortgage Due Diligence More Difficult - The Supreme Court of California ruled that borrowers have standing to challenge a foreclosure on the grounds that an assignment of the mortgage...more

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