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The Full Credit Bid at a Foreclosure Sale: Don’t Make One Without the Advice of Knowledgeable Counsel

While the Great Recession appears to be slowly receding, rising oil costs and other price increases threaten to choke off what had appeared to be an economic recovery. Accordingly, foreclosures may become more frequent in the...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

New Jersey Allows Localities To Levy Fines For Failure To Maintain Vacant Properties

On May 15, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed AB 347, which authorizes municipalities to impose penalties on a creditor that fails to timely remedy violations related to the maintenance of vacant residential property...more

Massachusetts AG Urges FHFA Action On REO Sale Restrictions And Principal Reduction Options

On May 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt threatening legal action if the FHFA does not direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when they sell a foreclosed property, to...more

What's "Commercially Reasonable" for Article 9 Foreclosure Sales?

Since the financial crisis, sales under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code have provided an increasingly popular way for secured creditors of distressed businesses to recover their loans. However, despite the advantages of...more

Georgia Supreme Court Decision Should Reduce the Number of Wrongful Foreclosure Cases

Last summer, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that a foreclosure advertisement must identify the secured creditor on whose behalf a foreclosure sale is being performed. See Reese v. Provident Funding Assocs., LLP, 317 Ga....more

Legal Alert: Holder of Deed Need Not Be Holder of Note to Foreclose, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

The Georgia Supreme Court held this week that the holder of a security deed need not also hold the underlying note to exercise the power of sale in accordance with the terms of the security deed. You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank,...more

Foreclosure Law In The Wake Of Recent Decisions On Residential Mortgage Loans: The Situation In Georgia

Originally Publish in Pratt's Journal Of Bankruptcy Law, February/March 2013. Thousands of wrongful foreclosure lawsuits are filed each year in Georgia against banks, lenders, servicers, foreclosure firms, and other...more

Rogers Towers: Florida Deficiency Proceedings: Establishing the Value of the Property

Following a foreclosure sale, a secured creditor may seek a monetary judgment for the deficiency amount that remains owed to it by the borrower. If the creditor was the successful bidder at the foreclosure sale, it has the...more

Rogers Towers: Florida Foreclosure Sales: Developing a Maximum Bid

A secured creditor who obtains a foreclosure judgment has the ability to “credit bid” at the foreclosure sale up to the full amount indicated in the judgment, without being required to deposit any funds with the Clerk of the...more

Important Update on Georgia Foreclosures

Last year, we alerted to you to a ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals that altered the notice requirements for non-judicial foreclosure in Georgia. In that case, Reese v. Provident Funding Associates, the Georgia Court of...more

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