Foreclosure

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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New Jersey Bill Requires Creditors to Maintain Vacant Property During Pending Foreclosures

Effective July 14, 2014, New Jersey municipalities will be authorized to penalize creditors who do not address code violations or abate nuisances on vacant or abandoned residential property subject to a pending foreclosure...more

Court Confirms Bank Can Be Held Liable for Conduct and Representations Occurring During Loan Modification Process

A California Court of Appeal recently held that a defaulting mortgagee can assert claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, unfair business practices and negligent misrepresentation against the foreclosing bank...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Risky Business? Due Diligence Hints for Bidding at a Foreclosure Auction

Know a property being foreclosed, or see the signs and advertisements for foreclosure actions? They are everywhere. It is important to do your homework before bidding. Bid confidently by doing some pre-auction investigation....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Neutral Evaluation/Sinkhole Litigation: trial court erred in sustaining objection to insurer’s notice of stay to invoke neutral evaluation process in lawsuit for breach of contract and damages for sinkhole losses to property...more

Massachusetts AG Requires Mortgage Servicer To Provide Foreclosure-Related Relief

On June 16, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley announced that a large mortgage servicer agreed to provide $3 million in borrower relief and pay $700,000 to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the...more

Waiving Statutory Foreclosure Provisions

The recently issued opinion of the Colorado Court of Appeals, in Armed Forces Bank v. Hicks, 2014 COA 74. No. 13CA0875 (June 5, 2014), is significant for commercial real estate lenders. In Hicks, the Bank was the...more

Federal, State Authorities Announce Substantial Mortgage Settlement

On June 17 the DOJ, the CFPB, HUD, and 49 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia’s attorney general announced a $968 million consent judgment with a large mortgage company to resolve numerous federal and state...more

Owner Permitted to Redeem Property from Tax Claim Bureau

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that the Westmoreland Tax Claim Bureau had the discretion under the Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETSL) to allow an owner of a tax delinquent property (Rowe) to redeem the property through...more

Evidentiary Hearing Required in Upset Tax Sale Challenge

A divided Commonwealth Court panel vacated an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County dismissing a property owner’s (Pascal) set aside petition to void the judicial sale of her property and remanded the case...more

New Jersey Tax Sale Law Gives Purchaser of a Tax Sale Certificate a Tax Lien on the Underlying Property

The New Jersey Supreme Court, in In re: Princeton Office Park, L.P. v. Plymouth Park Tax Services, LLC, determined that under the Tax Sale Law, N.J.S.A. §§ 54:5-1 to -137, a purchaser of a tax sale certificate acquires a tax...more

We Have a Sheriff’s Deed, But Who Pays Association Assessments?

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a purchaser pursuant to a sheriff's sale was responsible for condominium association fees due from and after the date of the sale. In Wells Fargo Bank v Country Place...more

SunTrust Settles with DOJ for US$968 Million

On June 17, the United States Department of Justice announced a US$968 million settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Other parties to the settlement are the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consumer Financial...more

Provision in Lender's Title Insurance Policy Reducing Amount of Insurance by "Payments Made" Does Not Include Lender's Full Credit...

In the case of Bank of Idaho v. First American Title released June 17, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court covered some new ground and revisited some old ground....more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (6/14)

In its order list for June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in eight cases and granted review in one case. In this post, I will summarize the opinions in four cases, and also describe the case in which the...more

Miami Hits JPMorgan with Lawsuit over Discriminatory Lending Practices

The city of Miami recently sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Florida federal court alleging that JPMorgan violated the Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) by engaging in a “continuing pattern” of discriminatory mortgage lending...more

California Federal Judge Allows Second Los Angeles Fair Housing Case To Proceed

On June 9, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the City of Los Angeles’s Fair Housing Act suit, the second such denial by the same judge in recent weeks....more

Connecticut Establishes Alternative Foreclosure Method

On June 3, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 5514, which establishes an alternative to the state’s current foreclosure methods. Under current law, a court may issue a judgment of foreclosure by sale or strict...more

Loan Servicer Properly Identified as Party with Authority To Negotiate Mortgage Terms in Foreclosure Notice, Georgia Court Holds

A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals helps to add further clarity to the state’s foreclosure notice statute. The statute, which was amended in 2008, requires that the written notice of a foreclosure sale “shall...more

Land Banking Comes to Birmingham

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the City of Birmingham joined a number of other municipalities in a vote to authorize a Land Bank Authority. The Birmingham City Council passed the resolution to establish a land bank in hopes of...more

South Carolina Allows Expedited Foreclosures For Abandoned Properties

On June 2, South Carolina established a new expedited procedure for mortgage foreclosures on abandoned properties. Governor Nikki Haley signed SB 1007, which allows a mortgagee or its successor to petition a court for an...more

Recent Cases Support Foreclosing Lenders against Challenges to Standing

The Florida Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled on yet another challenge to a note holder’s standing to foreclose based on lack of ownership of the mortgage. In OneWest Bank, F.S.B. v. Bauer (May 30, 2014), the...more

“Predatory Lending” Claims by Cities and Counties Against Financial Institutions Escalate in 2014

Cities and counties that have experienced increased foreclosure and vacancy rates in the aftermath of the housing market crash of 2007-2008, perhaps emboldened by recent court decisions, have recently filed several new...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Waiver Of Post-Foreclosure Fair Market Value Hearing

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court, consistent with its long-standing “respect for the strong public policy [in Texas] of respecting parties’ freedom to design contracts according to their wishes,” held that a broad,...more

Massachusetts AG Sues FHFA Over Foreclosure Policies

On June 2, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, which, among other things,...more

Nevada Supreme Court Determines That Guarantor Cannot Waive Right to Receive a Notice of Default, but Substantial Compliance With...

Schleining v. Cap One, Inc., 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 36 (May 29, 2014), arises out of a loan to purchase an undeveloped piece of property, which was guaranteed by the principal of the borrower. After the borrower defaulted, the...more

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