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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 -

CFPB Tweaks Rules for Mortgage Servicer Communications

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a new interim final rule intended to clarify how mortgage servicers can communicate with borrowers at risk of foreclosure, as well as a proposed rule about...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Alert: Attaching Promissory Note in Illinois Sufficient to Show Standing; but HUD Letters Require Proof of...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a foreclosure action, the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that the foreclosing lender established its standing by attaching the blank-indorsed note to its complaint, but reversed judgment and remanded for the trial...more

Your Foreclosure Hearing Just Got More Crowded

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On August 30, 2017, an amendment to North Carolina’s foreclosure statutes took immediate effect. The amended statute, Section 45-10, concerns substitute trustees under a deed of trust. As amended, Section 45-10 now prohibits...more

In Alabama: Lenders Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements

The Alabama Supreme Court recently released an opinion interpreting the pre-foreclosure notice requirements contained in paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage form. In short, strict compliance is required. The Court in Ex...more

REO Advisor: Pre- And Post-Foreclosure Servicer Strategies To Allow For Tenant Construction Activities On Collateral Properties,...

This edition of the REO Advisor explores the pre- and post-foreclosure servicer strategies to allow for tenant construction activities on collateral properties, as well as the subdivision and subsequent partial sales of large...more

No Standing = No Fees: Turning the Tide in Favor of Lenders and Servicers in the fight for fees in Florida

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 12, 2017, Locke Lord was successful in obtaining an order in a Florida trial court denying a borrower’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees following a successful argument that the plaintiff lacked standing to...more

Florida Second District Court of Appeal Ruling Highlights the Possible Pitfalls of Relying on Prior Servicer Records

by Blank Rome LLP on

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (“Second District Court”) recently held that a mortgagee failed to demonstrate it satisfied the condition precedent in a residential mortgage foreclosure. Allen v. Wilmington Trust,...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Adopts "Substantial Competent Evidence" Requirement for Borrowers Asserting "True Value" Defense in...

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On Friday, May 5, 2017, in a major victory for lenders, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals’s decision in United Community Bank v. Wolfe. In July 2015, the Court of Appeals decided in...more

Supreme Court Decides Bank of America Corp. v. Miami

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, No. 15-1111, holding (1) that a city qualifies as an “aggrieved person” able to bring suit under the Fair Housing Act, but...more

Discharge In Bankruptcy Without Reaffirmation Is Not A Shield And A Sword

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Many borrowers use bankruptcy as a shield against a lender’s foreclosure action. Some also try to use bankruptcy as a sword to bring up defenses that stem from the mortgage contract to defeat a foreclosure. A recent second...more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

Appellate Court Restores Lis Pendens Protections in Do-Ober Decision

The tides have turned in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea as the Fourth District Court of Appeal recently reversed its decision and revived the full impact of Florida’s lis pendens statute. By withdrawing and replacing...more

The looming student debt crackdown: compliance and enforcement lessons from the foreclosure crisis

Given the parallels between the current student loan debt crisis (including the CFPB, Illinois and Washington’s recent lawsuits against Navient) and the foreclosure crisis of 2010-14, now is a good time to reflect on the...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Expands Reach of Receivership Statute

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On January 9, 2017, an unpublished Minnesota Court of Appeals decision (BMO Harris Bank v. City Center Development, A16-0766 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 9, 2017)), held that Minn. Stat. § 576.25, subdivisions 5(a) and 5(b), set...more

Florida Foreclosure Reversed Because Lender Did Not Prove Compliance with HUD Regulation

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On December 2, 2016, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal filed an opinion overturning a foreclosure sale on grounds that the foreclosing bank failed to meet with the borrower in person prior to filing suit, as required...more

Florida Court Finds HUD Face-to-Face Requirements a Condition Precedent to Foreclosure

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a decision issued Dec. 2, Florida’s Fifth Court of Appeal became the first Florida state appellate court to find that the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, requiring a face-to-face interview with borrowers,...more

Federal Court Finds Foreclosing Mortgagees Must Strictly Comply with “Paragraph 22” Under Rhode Island Law, Consistent With Recent...

by Locke Lord LLP on

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island recently decided that a mortgagee must strictly comply with paragraph 22 of the mortgage in order to obtain a valid foreclosure in Rhode Island. Martins v....more

Florida Supreme Court Finds That the Statute of Limitations Does Not Prevent a Subsequent Foreclosure Action Based on Payment...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: If a prior foreclosure action has been dismissed with prejudice, mortgagees may bring new actions to foreclose on mortgages based upon post-dismissal payment default, so long as the new action is brought within...more

Law Enforcement Thwarts Sovereign Freeman

by Carlton Fields on

Copyrighting their names, “signing” with red thumbprints – we’ve seen some unusual court filings from unique individuals. But one person has apparently gone too far. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lender when a...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That a Debtor’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Means Just That-You Must Surrender

by Burr & Forman on

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, — F.3d — (2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who...more

Title Insurance: What is its Value?

by Murtha Cullina on

As I type this blog post, I am sitting at my desk with a four-inch-thick binder filled with title insurance forms—form policies, form endorsements, premium rate tables, survey requirements, etc.—and it occurs to me that many...more

Resolving Shopping Center Foreclosures in Florida - Considerations for Lenders

by Carlton Fields on

Shopping centers in Florida—and across the country—are increasingly facing financial stress due to factors such as Internet commerce and rent pressures. Rents generated from a shopping center are usually pledged as...more

Surrendering Your Property in Bankruptcy Means You Must Actually Surrender It

by Carlton Fields on

The title of this article seems self-evident. Lenders, servicers, and others active in the foreclosure arena these past few years know that it has been anything but. Borrowers surrender property in bankruptcy but,...more

Mortgage-Loan Modification Scam Ends with Serious Consequences

A California man that operated as a high-level sales executive for a fraudulent residential mortgage-loan modification scheme will now spend several years in jail. From 2009 to 2016, Mehdi Moarefian (aka Michael Miller)...more

CFPB Finalizes New Foreclosure Protections

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued updated servicing rules to expand foreclosure protections for homeowners and struggling borrowers. ...more

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