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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 +
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 uses that property as collateral for the loan. less -

DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

by Goodwin on

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou?nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

Mass. Appeals Court Rebuffs Mortgagee’s Novel Bid For Equitable Subrogation

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its decision yesterday in Wells Fargo Bank v. Comeau, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected the plaintiff mortgagee’s attempt to use the doctrine of equitable subrogation in a novel way: to impose on a surviving wife...more

Six State Agencies Using NMLS MSB Call Report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting in Q1 2018, the following state agencies will start using the NMLS MSB Call Report: ?Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, Iowa Division of Banking, New York Department of Financial Institutions, Ohio...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 3 & 10, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Misrepresentation: developer entitled to directed verdict on claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation asserted by condominium association...more

Nevada Converting to Electronic Surety Bonds on NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 1, 2017, the Nevada Division of Mortgage Lending will start using the new Electronic Surety Bond...more

Indiana Issues New Bond for Money Transmitter License

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On October 14, 2017, the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions issued a new bond form for their Money Transmitter License to correct the language, making it consistent with their existing statute. This new bond form...more

Electronic Mortgage Closings Improve Homebuying

The financial services industry — and the consumer financial services marketplace in particular — is experiencing significant innovation. Technology has facilitated the emergence of fintech as a major industry — fundamentally...more

CFPB/Fed/OCC increase exemption thresholds for appraisal requirement, Regs Z and M

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB, Fed, and OCC have published notices in the Federal Register announcing that they are increasing three exemption thresholds that are subject to annual inflation adjustments. Effective January 1, 2018 through...more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

The Perils of De Novo Review

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal issued an opinion yesterday that highlights the perils of de novo review. De novo review is the broadest standard of review for an appellate court, reserved for construing pure...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

More on the Saudi crackdown initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the weekend, including the government’s move to confiscate and freeze more than $800 billion in assets from the detailed princes and other...more

The Court of Appeals Examines the Promissory Estoppel/Statute of Frauds Relationship

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the past, New York Courts have demonstrated a willingness to apply the theory of promissory estoppel, to overcome the legal requirements of the Statute of Frauds. The Restatement (Second) of Contract, Section 139, endorses...more

A New HUD Rule for Reverse Mortgages, with Additional Rule Changes Proposed in Congress

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

This past month, Washington was busy with rule changes and proposed legislation that underscores the ongoing debate over the origination and foreclosure of reverse mortgages. First, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...more

CFPB Launches Beta Version of HMDA Platform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday November 3, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the launch of the Internet-based platform that financial institutions will use to submit data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)....more

CFPB October 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights servicemember complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s October 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls a “special edition” monthly complaint report, departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June and July 2017 complaint reports...more

11th Circuit Provides that Postage Fees Incurred for Sending a Request for Information under RESPA are Insufficient to...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If a mortgage servicer fails to comply with its obligations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), 12 U.S.C. 2601, et seq., or its implementing regulations, a borrower may recover “any actual damages . . ....more

What happens when a charge is discharged in error?

by Dentons on

NRAM Ltd v. Evans [2017] EWCA Civ 1013 is an interesting case in which a bank discharged a mortgage in error. While the bank was successful in getting its charge reinstated at the Land Registry, it was not put back into...more

Would the 7th Circuit Have Changed Its FCA Standard but for Peer Pressure?

The Seventh Circuit finally abandoned its “but-for” causation standard for False Claims Act (FCA) damages. The decision comes 25 years after the Seventh Circuit first adopted its controversial standard requiring only a...more

Statistical Sampling and Individual Liability: FCA Lessons Learned from Whopping $298.5 Million Verdict in United States v....

Imposing civil penalties and treble damages under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), the Southern District of Texas recently denied defendants’ post-trial motions and entered a staggering $298,498,325 verdict against two mortgage...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 20, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE  TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Foreclosure: witness may testify as to business records of another company so long as that witness can lay proper foundation of personal knowledge...more

Linee guida per le buone prassi nel settore delle esecuzioni immobiliari

La valanga di crediti bancari incagliati (per non dire in sofferenza) che si è abbattuta sul nostro Paese negli ultimi anni ha acceso il faro sull'inefficienza del sistema giudiziario di recupero dei crediti che è una delle...more

Lenders Beware–Retroactive Tax Lien Trumps Recorded Mortgage [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Under Florida law, a mortgage lender’s lien against real property takes priority over later filed liens. However, under Fla.Stats. §197.122(1), ad valorem tax liens filed against Florida real property will take priority over...more

Equitable Subrogation In Real Estate

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The doctrine of conventional subrogation in real estate is familiar to most lenders: a new lender that pays the mortgage of a prior one steps into the shoes of – or is subrogated to – the prior lender’s security interest in...more

Title Insurance Covers That Foreclosure Problem, Right?

In the minds of many buyers of distressed properties at foreclosure sales, the existence of ANY title insurance policy relating to the property — even if the buyer is not the insured — is seen as a “cure-all” for anything...more

Illinois Utilizes NMLS UAAR Functionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation earlier this month started using the NMLS Uniform Authorized Agent Reporting (UAAR) functionality to fulfill agent reporting requirements. The UAAR allows...more

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