Mortgages Foreclosure

The term "mortgage" typically refers to a mortgage loan.  A mortgage loan is a financing instrument where an individual or business borrows money to purchase property (usually real property) and... more +
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Points & Authorities - Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Negotiating Strategies for the Successful Sale of Technology Companies - Broker Beware: Are Real Estate Brokers Susceptible to Agent v. Agent Fee Splitting Disputes After Sanowicz v. Bacal? -...more

Can a Foreclosure be “Wrongful” if the Debtor is Underwater?

In most successful “wrongful foreclosure” cases (challenging an already-completed trustee’s sale), the debtor’s most obvious source of damages is the lost equity in the wrongfully sold security property....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 1 & 8, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court abused its discretion in dismissing foreclosure action with prejudice, cancelling substantial debt, and denying lender ability to refile a foreclosure action without making finding of facts as...more

Foreclosures: Beware Unexpected Violations

Field v. Bank of America, N.A. (In re Gibbs), 522 B.R. 282 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sued a mortgage lender to recover for defects in a prepetition non-judicial foreclosure sale. The lender brought a...more

Florida Court Recognizes Need To Show Prejudice To Establish Defense Of Failure Of Conditions Precedent Under Paragraph 22 Of The...

As part of its defense at trial in a foreclosure action, the defendants asserted that the plaintiff bank failed to satisfy the condition precedent of providing notice and an opportunity to cure before filing its complaint, as...more

Sanity in Florida? New Ruling Sheds Some Light on the Business Records Exception

On May 6, 2015, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal finally weighed in on an important tactic relied on by servicers in residential foreclosure actions. In Bank of America, N.A. v. Delgado, No. 3D13-910 (Fla. 3d DCA May...more

Borrowers Cannot Challenge Mortgage Assignments, Says Nebraska Joining Other States

Attacking sufficiency, accuracy, or validity of assignments of mortgages and deeds of trust has been among the most common strategies employed by borrowers to challenge foreclosures. Allegations regarding the status of MERS,...more

California Foreclosure Law: Plaintiff May Recover Tort Damages For A Claim Of Wrongful Foreclosure

In a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit, the plaintiff may recover tort damages – i.e., any damages proximately caused by the foreclosing defendant, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held last week. Miles v. Deutsche Bank...more

Key Points: Financing Leasehold Interests in Real Estate

Merely adding the word “leasehold” to your standard mortgage form does not create an effective leasehold mortgage. Scrutinize the underlying lease - often it is a ground lease. Does it...more

Watt Final Order

AIKEN, Chief Judge: Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee for certificate holders of the CWALT, Inc., alternative loan trust 2006-0A21, mortgage pass-through certificates series 2006-0A21 ("BNYM"), appeals the...more

Foreclosure Attempt Blocked? What You Should Know Before the Clock Hits Zero

Just when you thought we were out of the housing crisis weeds of ’07—think again.  Apparently when an abundance of people buy homes they can’t afford and predictably fall behind on their payments, the judicial foreclosure...more

Servicer Foreclosing in Own Name Must Establish Standing and Ratification by Real Party in Interest

In Russell v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D967a (Fla. 2d DCA Apr. 24, 2015), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal added to the emerging line of case law regarding the proof required to establish standing...more

SCRA Post-Service Protections Extended

The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was created to help relieve or suspend the financial burdens placed upon those serving in the U.S. military. One of the key protections afforded by the SCRA is a temporary stay of...more

United States District Court Follows Bartram, Evergrene Partners, Rejects Beauvais as Outlier

In LNB-017-13, LLC v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 14-cv-24800-UU, 2015 WL 1546150 (S.D. Fla. April 7, 2015), Judge Ursula Ungaro revisited the familiar topic of the statute of limitations for mortgage foreclosure and previously...more

Third Circuit Rules FDCPA Claims Can Be Based on Foreclosure Complaints

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that foreclosure complaints can be the basis of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims. This decision continues the Third Circuit's expansive...more

Florida Appellate Court Holds Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Could Time Bar Subsequent Action

A recent Florida Third District Court of Appeal opinion should put Florida mortgage lenders on notice: If a foreclosure action is dismissed without prejudice, the lender must affirmatively decelerate the loan or risk that the...more

Massachusetts AG Launches Webpage for Homeowners Trying to Clear Property Titles

On March 31, the office of Massachusetts AG Maura Healey launched a new webpage designed to help eligible homeowners clear property titles in order to refinance or sell their properties. The webpage follows a $2.7 million...more

Lenders Still Struggle with Issue of Standing – a New Spate of Cases out of the Fourth DCA

We have written multiple blogs about standing to foreclose, but a new spate of recent cases out of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals demonstrate that lenders still struggle with the issue of standing. On March 25,...more

Voluntary Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Does Not Entitle Borrower To Attorneys’ Fees, Florida Court Rules

The voluntary dismissal of a foreclosure action pursuant to a settlement agreement does not make the borrower the “prevailing party” for purposes of a motion for attorneys’ fees, the Florida Court of Appeals has ruled. The...more

Use of Prior Servicer’s Records at Trial Depends on Proper Foundation

Mortgage servicing duties are routinely transferred, requiring lenders, servicers and financial institutions to rely on the prior servicer’s business records to prove their cases against borrowers – specifically, to prove the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: April Fools Prank or Legitimate OCC Guidance on SCRA?

Why would the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC) issue a Bulletin on April Fools’ Day? In the OCC Bulletin 2015-21, issued April 1st 2015, the OCC advised that certain protections of the Servicemembers...more

Junior Lienholders: Know When To Admit Defeat

As any real estate lender or investor can testify, holding a junior lien on real estate security can be perilous. Sure, the yields are higher (and in this low interest rate environment, the “search for yield” is a persistent...more

Correcting a Legal Description after Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale

Including an accurate legal description (known as the “legal”) in a mortgage is of utmost importance to lenders; in the event of foreclosure, a purchaser (often the lender) cannot obtain clear title to the property unless it...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Illinois Supreme Court Closes Back Door on Dina - Holds Only Absence of Jurisdiction Renders a Judgment...

In LVNV Funding, LLC v. Trice, 2015 IL 116129, the Illinois Supreme Court recently held that only the absence of personal or subject matter jurisdiction renders a circuit court’s judgment void. Thus, a judgment entered with...more

When "Shall" Means "May": Wisconsin Court of Appeals Allows Mortgage Lenders to Slow the Foreclosure Sale Process

Last week we discussed the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in Bank of New York v. Carson permitting circuit courts to force a mortgagee to hold a sheriff’s sale. Today we rewind the clock a bit to a decision last December...more

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