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About BankruptcyRealEstateInsights

Vicki R. Harding was a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP who moved to Arizona seeking warmer weather. Ms. Harding continues to handle commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate and bankruptcy issues (but no longer owns a snow shovel).

Mortgage Preference: Dilly-Dally Around with Recording and You May Lose

USAA Fed. Sav. Bank v. Hope, 589 B.R. 914 (M.D. Ga. 2018) – A bankruptcy trustee sought to avoid a security deed granted to a refinancing lender as a preference. In defense the lender asserted that there was a substantially contemporaneous … Continue reading

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Delinquent Property Tax Sales and the Equity of Redemption: When Is Property Really, Really, Really Gone?

Reverend C.T. Walker Housing Dev. Fund Corp. v City of N.Y., 586 B.R. 534 (E.D.N.Y. 2018) – A bankruptcy court denied a debtor’s motion to sell real property and granted a motion for relief from the automatic stay in a related … Continue reading

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Disallowed Claims: Just Because a Claim Is Rejected Does Not Mean the Underlying Lien Disappears

Shoemake v. SN Servicing Corp., 586 B.R. 741 (M.D. Tenn. 2018) – Chapter 13 debtors brought an adversary proceeding against mortgage loan servicers (1) seeking a determination that a deed of trust lien was extinguished when a proof of claim filed … Continue reading

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Wraparound Mortgages: Sorting Things Out

In re Tejeda, 586 B.R. 831 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 2018) – In connection with acquisition of real property a debtor executed a wraparound mortgage in favor of the sellers. The original note and deed of trust executed by the sellers remained … Continue reading

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Designating Votes: Selfish Informed Self Interest v. Untoward Advantage

Pacific Western Bank v. Fagerdala USA-Lompoc, Inc. (In re Fagerdala USA-Lompoc, Inc.), 891 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2018) – A secured creditor sought to block a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization by purchasing claims from some of the creditors in the … Continue reading

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Avoiding an Unrecorded Mortgage: Variations on a Theme

Miranda v. Banco Popular De Puerto Rico (In re Mercado), 587 B.R. 224 (Bankr. D. P.R. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded mortgage and preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The decision … Continue reading

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Reverse Mortgages: Ignore Loan Documents at Your Peril

D’Alessio v. CIT Bank, N.A., 587 B.R. 211 (Bankr. D. Mass 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor sought a court determination that he was a “Borrower” for purposes of a reverse mortgage executed by his deceased wife. The mortgagee disagreed contending … Continue reading

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