Foreclosure Deficiency Judgments

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 Case Law Updates

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

And the Bidding Starts At . . .? The Impact of Two Recent Bankruptcy Decisions On Determining Foreclosure Sale Bids

In today’s economy, banks all too commonly find themselves foreclosing on real property collateral. As a result, banks are regularly in the position of having to determine the starting bid in foreclosure proceedings. This...more

An Exception to the Fair Market Value Rule: Use the Foreclosure Sales Price for a Deficiency after a Third Party Purchaser

If the value of a foreclosed property is less than the loan amount, lenders may seek a deficiency judgment from borrowers and guarantors after the foreclosure sale. In most cases, the lender is the sole bidder at the sale and...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 3, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - - Discovery: guarantors who moved to set aside stipulation to deficiency judgment not entitled to depose corporate representatives of foreclosing plaintiff and assignee of final...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

Creditors’ Deficiency Rights Impacted by Recent Nevada Supreme Court Opinion in Sandpointe Apartments, LLC v. Eighth Judicial...

On November 14, 2013, in Sandpointe Apartments, LLC v. Eighth Judicial District Court, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 87 (Nov. 14, 2013), and in Branch Banking and Trust Co. v. Neilson, (Nov. 14, 2013) (unpublished), the Nevada Supreme...more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

Tennessee’s Deficiency Statute and Out-of-State Deficiency Judgments

We've previously written about Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-118, which governs deficiency suits in Tennessee. As explained in that post, a lender is typically entitled to recover its full deficiency unless the foreclosure sales...more

Expansion of California’s Anti-Deficiency Laws Means More Litigation For Creditors

Turning a narrow consumer shield into a potentially broad sword, this summer California expanded its anti-deficiency judgment laws to prohibit not only the judicial pursuit of mortgage deficiency balances, but also to declare...more

“Materially Less”: The Foreclosure Deficiency Standard in Tennessee

Like many other states, Tennessee allows a creditor who has conducted a foreclosure sale of real property secured by a deed of trust or mortgage to recover "a deficiency judgment in an amount sufficient to satisfy fully the...more

Georgia Court Reiterates that Creditors Seeking Deficiency Judgments Must Adhere to 30-Day Foreclosure Sale Confirmation Rule

In a recent opinion, the Georgia Court of Appeals reaffirmed that creditors who wish to seek deficiency judgments following a non-judicial foreclosure must seek to have the sale confirmed within 30 days of the sale....more

California Appeals Court Holds Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment Protections Apply To Short Sales

On July 23, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held in a case of first impression that a section of California law that prohibits a deficiency judgment following a foreclosure on a purchase money loan...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 26, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt...more

Rogers Towers: HB 87 – A Summary of Florida’s New Foreclosure Law – Part 1

In prior posts we analyzed the main components of HB 87, the bill introduced in the Florida legislature which proposed significant changes to certain aspects of Florida’s mortgage foreclosure process....more

Governor Scott Signs Expedited Foreclosure Bills

Legislative Response to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis - The mortgage foreclosure crisis has exacted a toll on Florida’s economy and judiciary. In the span of four years, foreclosure filings in Florida increased almost...more

Florida Foreclosure Laws Affected by Governor Scott's Signing of HB 87

On June 7, 2013, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 87, affecting the state’s foreclosure laws. By its terms, the statute is effective immediately. Below are some of the highlights...more

Nevada Appeals Court To Consider ‘Foreclosure Sale’ Definition

Special servicers and lenders who have loans secured by real property in Nevada should be aware of a case that is on appeal in that state. Briefing is about to begin on what could be an important win, or loss, for the lending...more

Court Upheld A Waiver Of Property Code Rights And Affirmed A Deficiency Judgment Based On The Foreclosure Price

In New Millennium Homes, Inc. v. Texas Community Bank, NA, a debtor appealed a summary judgment granted to a lender based on a deficiency claim. No. 09-12-00073-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 1598 (Tex. App.—Beaumont February 21,...more

Rogers Towers: HB 87 – Florida’s Foreclosure Bill is Back

On February 7, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted to pass Florida’s newest bill designed to improve the efficiency of mortgage foreclosures: House Bill 87. While it is still early in the legislative process, this is a...more

A Loan Enforcement e-Newsletter - Missouri Foreclosures: A Changing Landscape?

In This Issue: - Missouri Foreclosures: A Changing Landscape? - Missouri Law on Non-Judicial Foreclosure: A Primer Measuring Deficiencies Under Missouri Law - Fischer & Frichtel - Sunrise Farms -...more

Rogers Towers: Florida Deficiency Proceedings: Establishing the Value of the Property

Following a foreclosure sale, a secured creditor may seek a monetary judgment for the deficiency amount that remains owed to it by the borrower. If the creditor was the successful bidder at the foreclosure sale, it has the...more

Before You Foreclose: Planning for Confirmation in Georgia

Your borrower defaulted on a debt secured by real property in Georgia, and you are ready to take action. Is immediate foreclosure the best option?...more

Lenders Must Comply with New Foreclosure Requirements in Illinois Courts

Mortgage lenders in Illinois are required to use the judicial process to obtain collateral and enter deficiency judgments against borrowers. In February 2013, Illinois crafted two new rules adding additional requirements to...more

Rogers Towers: Florida Deficiency Proceedings: Effect of Bids at the Foreclosure Sale

During a deficiency proceeding, once a creditor introduces the foreclosure sale price, the borrower technically has the burden of presenting evidence to establish the fair market value of the property. In the absence of such...more

Will State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo's HB 87 Become Florida Law, Revamping the Florida Judicial Foreclosure Process? Maybe, Yes.

Florida State Representative Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) may have success this year in changing how Florida handles foreclosures as her proposed House Bill 87, co-sponsored with Florida Representatives Caldwell, Moraitis,...more

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