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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Plaintiff Has the Burden To Prove Its Right to Enforce the Note Even If It Is Not Challenged By the Defendant In Its Pleadings

The legal right to enforce, by judicial proceeding, a promissory note and mortgage is referred to as “standing”. This has been a hot topic in Florida foreclosure cases with courts holding that standing must exist when the...more

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

First Circuit Rules on Borrower’s Challenge to Foreclosure under Massachusetts Law

Continuing a trend of rejecting challenges to foreclosure by Massachusetts borrowers, the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint alleging several commonly made arguments in foreclosure litigation. After defaulting,...more

"Substantial Compliance" With Notice Requirements Not Enough

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently emphasized the need for lenders to strictly comply with the notice requirements of a mortgage prior to foreclosure. In Samaroo v. Wells Fargo, the borrower appealed the...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with...more

The Foreclosure Crisis and Legal Change

With the “housing collapse” and the ensuing “foreclosure crisis” behind us, it is time to assess the myriad changes in the law of mortgage lending and foreclosure enacted in response to the crisis. The short space of this...more

Playing Zone(-ing) Defense

ZONE(-ING) DEFENSE --- With March Madness in full swing, now is a great time to review how local zoning ordinances can turn a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure layup into a blocked shot. Many U.S. states rely on a judicial...more

NM Court Challenges Bank Foreclosure Practice

In February, the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected the practices widely used to pursue mortgage foreclosure in New Mexico. In two opinions, Bank of New York v. Romero and Bank of America v. Quintana, the Court threw out...more

Penmanship Lesson: Technical Defects in Massachusetts Pre-foreclosure Letters Not Grounds For Voiding Foreclosures

In a victory for common sense, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) has held that MASS. GEN. LAWS ch. 244 § 35A (“Section 35A”) does not relate to “the foreclosure of mortgages by the exercise of a power of...more

Freddie Mac Requires Lender-Placed Insurance Compliance Certification, Updates Foreclosure And Transfer Tax Policies

On March 17, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-3, which requires servicers to provide a certification that they are or will be in compliance with new lender-placed insurance requirements announced in Bulletin 2013-27. With...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending March 14 & March 21, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SCOTT FEATHER & JOURDAN HAYNES - - Summary Judgment: reversal of summary final judgment of foreclosure because of disputed issues of fact concerning amount of rents received from property that...more

Georgia District Court Offers New Authority On Issue Of "Full Authority" Under O.C.G.A. § 44-14-162.2

In the latest chapter of the Georgia courts' attempts to interpret Georgia's foreclosure notice statute, O.C.G.A § 44-14-162.2, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an opinion on February 25,...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

The Perils of Small Errors: California Supreme Court Publishes Lower Court's Foreclosure Opinion

In its second noteworthy action during Wednesday's conference, the California Supreme Court granted a request to publish an August 2013 opinion from the Appellate Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court in The Bank...more

NC Court Of Appeals: Foreclosures and Immutability

Can a law passed by a Legislature be called "immutable?" (that means it's ageless, not ever subject to change). The Court of Appeals used that word this week in Heaton-Sides v. State Employees Credit Union to describe...more

CFPB considering action on zombie foreclosures

According to a Reuters report, a CFPB official, speaking at a Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland conference last week, stated that the CFPB is beginning to take a close look at abandoned properties and “zombie” foreclosures....more

Clarity May Finally Arrive in the District of Columbia for Lenders and Title Insurers

In response to the concerns of lenders and title insurers, the District of Columbia recently enacted clarifying legislation to amend the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (the Act). The Act...more

West Virginia Bankruptcy Courts Split on When Foreclosure Sale is Final

Lenders that exercise their rights to foreclose upon collateral are often met with a bankruptcy filing near or shortly after the date of sale. Obviously, if a lender learns of a bankruptcy prior to the foreclosure, the sale...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending March 7, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - - Foreclosure/Standing: testimony of employee of current loan servicer failed to establish necessary foundation for admitting records of prior loan servicer into evidence under...more

Washington Court of Appeals Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against Guarantors Following Nonjudicial...

The Deed of Trust Act generally bars a lender from seeking a deficiency judgment against a borrower following nonjudicial foreclosure of a deed of trust securing the borrower's loan. The Act contains some exceptions in the...more

Recent Deed of Trust Act Cases Pose New Challenges

In 2013, Washington courts issued several decisions impacting the way banks, loan servicing companies, foreclosure trustees and other industry participants must approach claims arising out of nonjudicial foreclosure...more

Proceed with Caution When Foreclosing in Washington State: Split Decisions Regarding Deficiency Claims

Last week, the Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, ruled that, notwithstanding the anti-deficiency provision in the state's Deeds of Trust Act, a lender can pursue a deficiency judgment against a guarantor following a...more

New Mexico Supreme Court Analyzes State’s Foreclosure Standing Requirements, Ability To Repay Standard

On February 13, the New Mexico Supreme Court held that a borrower’s ability to repay a home mortgage loan is one of the “borrower’s circumstances” that lenders and courts must consider in determining compliance with the New...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Attempted Collection of Foreclosure Related Fees Violates SCRA

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision granting defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim that defendant violated section 533 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Failure To Remove Fees From Withdrawn Foreclosure Violates SCRA

On February 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the attempted collection of past due foreclosure-related fees from a borrower in active duty military service is a violation of section 533 of the...more

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