Foreclosure

Prior Foreclosure Not An “Act of Acceleration”!

Prior Foreclosure Not An “Act of Acceleration”!

By now, most servicers are fully familiar with New York’s Statute of Limitations and the nuance that it only begins to run on each installment when it becomes due unless accelerated. (See my article about the Statute of Limitations).  

Types of Short Sales—Part Two: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Types of Short Sales—Part Two: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

In our last articlewe discussed the different types of short sales available and some of the details of the HAFA short sale program, in particular. In this article, we discuss some of the requirements and provisions of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sales.

Foreclosure Actions - How Does Accelerating the Mortgage Affect the SOL?

Foreclosure Actions - How Does Accelerating the Mortgage Affect the SOL?

My previous article regarding New York's Statute of Limitations (CPLR 213) described how New York provides an affirmative defense to actions based upon contractual obligations that accrued more than six (6) years ago.

Did You Know the 90-day Notice Requirement Extends the Statute of Limitations?

Did You Know the 90-day Notice Requirement Extends the Statute of Limitations?

New York’s RPAPL 1304 requires that prior to the commencement of a foreclosure action, a notice must be given to the borrower allowing 90 days to cure the default before the plaintiff is allowed to file the summons and complaint.

Recent Decisions Regarding New York’s Pre-Foreclosure Requirements

Recent Decisions Regarding New York’s Pre-Foreclosure Requirements

Failure to strictly comply with two of New York’s recently enacted consumer protection statutes affecting residential foreclosures, RPAPL 1304 and RPAPL 1306, which require a 90-day notice to be sent to the borrower, and specific information contained therein to be filed with the New York State Department of Finance within three days thereafter, have recently been reviewed and interpreted by the New York courts. 

What Is A Deficiency Judgment?

What Is A Deficiency Judgment?

When borrowers obtain a mortgage loan, they sign a Note, promising to repay the loan, and a Mortgage, that provides for the property to be sold at a public auction if they default, so the loan may be repaid from the proceeds of the sale. Sometimes, however, the property is sold at the auction for less than the balance due to the lender, resulting in a deficiency.

Loss Mitigation Prohibitions - It Ain’t Just Loan Mods

Loss Mitigation Prohibitions - It Ain’t Just Loan Mods

Many loan servicers are under the misimpression that the prohibition against dual tracking only applies to loan modifications. This is incorrect; it also applies to forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu of foreclosures and short sales.

Strict Foreclosure: The Second Bite of The Apple

Strict Foreclosure: The Second Bite of The Apple

When a mortgage is foreclosed, not only are the rights of the owners of the property extinguished, but all rights of third parties who have subordinate liens or other interests are extinguished, as well as the property, which will be sold at the foreclosure sale “free and clear” of any such interests.

Zombie Foreclosures: Are they coming for you?

Zombie Foreclosures: Are they coming for you?

Due to the housing crisis of the past 5 years, efforts have been made to give homeowners every conceivable chance to avoid the foreclosures of their properties, so that they are not forced out of their homes. While well-intentioned, some of these provisions have resulted in unintended consequences. One such impact has been the rise of “zombie foreclosures.”