Foreclosure Mortgages

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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A Pair of Unbrotherly Business Altercations Go to Trial

Like most civil cases, the vast majority of business divorce disputes get resolved before trial, which is disappointing for us voyeurs since only at trial with live witnesses undergoing cross examination does one get the full...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part II

A foreclosure judgment, followed by sale of the mortgaged property, doesn’t necessarily end a foreclosure case. If the sale proceeds don’t fully pay the debt, the next step is a money judgment against the borrower for the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 10 & 17, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Coequal Liens: trial court properly authorized tax collector to issue tax certificates subject to community development district’s assessment liens – Villages of Avignon Community Dev. Dist. v....more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

Florida Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Landmark 2016 Ruling on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Foreclosure

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court denied motions for rehearing and/or clarification filed by petitioners Lewis Brook Bartram, the Plantation at Ponte Vedra, and Gideon M.G. Gratsiani. All three petitioners...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

IRS Issues a Memorandum on Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) Plans

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a Memorandum to IRS agents. The Memorandum identified the steps agents should take, in examining a 401(k) plan, to confirm that a hardship withdrawal is...more

Does it Matter if a Deed Correction is Material?

McCabe Trust v. Ranger Energy LLC, is the consequence of failing to comply with the Texas Property Code when correcting real property conveyances....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Burr Alert: “Alakazam”(or not): No Magic Language Necessary for Confirmation Waivers as Georgia Courts Continue to Allow...

In last March’s edition of this newsletter, we discussed the Supreme Court of Georgia’s decision in PNC Bank, National Association v. Smith, in which the Court held that compliance with O.C.G.A. § 44-14-161 “is a condition...more

Second District Court of Appeal Declines to Apply Statute of Limitations to Bar Subsequent Foreclosure Actions Premised on...

Following the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 41 Fla. L. Weekly S493, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016), courts were left to interpret how Bartram would affect lenders’ reliance on...more

New York Appellate Court Reaffirms Avenue For Lenders To Revive Dismissed Cases Following Expiration of Statute of Limitations

As we get further away from the financial crisis of 2008, the statute of limitations has become a much more asserted and examined defense in mortgage foreclosure actions. Last week, New York’s Appellate Division, Second...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 10, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where foreclosing bank, who purchased debt from original mortgagee, failed to establish standing to enforce lost note “through evidence of a valid assignment, proof of purchase of the...more

A Flawless Foreclosure is Not Preference

There is a division among bankruptcy courts across the country as to whether a properly conducted sheriff sale can be considered a “preference,” but Pennsylvania courts continue to send a clear message: They can’t....more

NY Appellate Court Holds CPLR 205(a) Applies to Note Owner’s Successor in Interest If Prior Action Not Dismissed for Failure to...

Action Item: New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, affirms that dismissal under Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”) 3215(c) does not constitute neglect to prosecute and therefore a plaintiff may avail itself of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 3, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Sufficiency of Notice: although lender’s notice of default did not expressly state that property could be sold in foreclosure, it substantially complied with notice provision (paragraph...more

Appellate Court Restores Lis Pendens Protections in Do-Ober Decision

The tides have turned in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea as the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently reversed its decision and revived the full impact of Florida’s lis pendens statute. By withdrawing and replacing...more

Property Owner Challenges Liens Recorded After Florida Foreclosure Judgment – Appeal Likely

Mortgage lenders and prospective purchasers of foreclosure properties in Florida are keeping a close eye on a recent District Court of Appeals case, Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. In August 2016, the District Court of...more

Nev. Supreme Court Holds HOA Foreclosure Statute Constitutional, Splits with Ninth Circuit

The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Nevada's pre-2015 statutory scheme for homeowners association (HOA) foreclosures. This decision contradicts the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' conclusion that the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 27, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Lis Pendens: a proper reading of Florida Statute section 48.23(1)(d) is that “when a foreclosure action is prosecuted to a judicial sale, that sale discharges all liens, whether...more

New court decision affects Florida foreclosures

Until late 2016, Florida appellate courts had not considered what happens to liens placed on property between a foreclosure final judgment and a foreclosure sale. However, an August 24, 2016 opinion issued by the Fourth DCA...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2017

In an order issued earlier this month, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in anon-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

Federal Banking Regulators Assess $65 Million Penalty Against Default Management Company

On January 24, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a $65 million fine assessed against a default management...more

Foreclosing Bartram

With the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, there is a lot of talk in Chicago about the specters of the billy goat and the infamous Bartman finally being vanquished. With one final victory, on November 2, 2016, Chicago Cubs...more

Florida Court Reverses Stance on Post-Judgment Inferior Liens

On January 25, Florida's Fourth District reversed itself and held that inferior liens are not extinguished in a foreclosure proceeding until the issuance of the certificate of sale. This restores the stability that was lost...more

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