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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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

The Sixth Circuit, Relying upon Michigan’s Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act, Rejects the Enforceability of an Insolvency Covenant

Notwithstanding Michigan’s 2012 Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act (NMLA), which provides that solvency covenants in nonrecourse loans unenforceable, in Borman, LLC v. 18718 Borman, LLC, a third-party purchaser of a foreclosed...more

Equitable Subrogation: Protecting Lien Position in a Foreclosure Action

The doctrine of subrogation enables a party discharging another’s debt to step into the shoes of the creditor who held the discharged debt. Subrogation plays a significant role in the mortgage context, as the concept acts as...more

Compliance with California Foreclosure Recording Law: What Level of "Defect" in Foreclosure Recordings "Void" a Foreclosure Sale?

In the wake of the California foreclosure crisis, one of several arguments relied on by borrowers facing foreclosure (and their attorneys) in “wrongful foreclosure” suits has been that some aspect of the statutory foreclosure...more

Foreclosure Sales in Florida’s Federal Courts

Although typically foreclosure actions are brought in state court, lenders may occasionally find themselves pursuing foreclosure in federal court. Although the costs and procedures for conducting the foreclosure sale are...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Ordinances Preempted by Existing State Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently decided that two mortgage foreclosure ordinances adopted by the City of Springfield were preempted by existing state law. In Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of...more

HUD Issues New Rules about Surviving Spouses Following Death of Reverse Mortgage Borrower

For the past year and a half, mortgagees of FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (“HECMs”), commonly referred to as reverse mortgages, have had to grapple with issues related to the foreclosure of homes occupied by...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Reverses “E-Mortgage” Decision

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for further proceedings a trial court’s grant of partial summary judgment and held that because the plaintiff did not show that it controlled the electronic mortgage note...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Illinois Appellate Court Clarifies Dina, Holds Void Mortgages Do Not Equal Void Judgments

In JPMorgan Chase, N.A. v. Ontiveros, 2015 IL App (2d) 140145-U, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District recently clarified the difference between a void contract and a void judgment, thereby limiting the...more

Large National Bank Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged SCRA Violations

On January 15, an Army Reserve sergeant filed a class action suit against a large national bank for allegedly violating the SCRA limitation on a lender’s ability to foreclose on an active duty service member’s property. ...more

Foreclosing Lender Forced to File a Separate Action on Association Assessments

Foreclosing mortgagees often wait until after a foreclosure judgment and certificate of title are issued to determine the extent of liability to a homeowners or condominium association for past due assessments. But what if...more

An Unlikely Condition Precedent to Foreclosure in Florida

Mortgage servicers beware. Mortgagors in Florida are defending residential mortgage foreclosures based on the allegation that the servicer failed to give them notice of assignment of the right to bill and collect on the debt...more

Second Bite At Fla. Foreclosures May Not Be So Sweet

Financial services companies pursuing judicial foreclosures in Florida already face a host of unique and challenging hurdles. The varying and often court- or judge-specific procedural, substantive and evidentiary requirements...more

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