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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).

Lis Pendens: Is It A “Transfer” (And Thus Avoidable) Or Not?

Viera v. Whitfield (In re Shiver), 598 B.R. 221 (Bankr. D. S.C. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a judgment, a lis pendens and a foreclosure decree involving the debtor’s property as preferences and/or by exercising the strong … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Sales and Mortgage Boo-Boos: Timing Can Make All the Difference in the World

Trinity 83 Dev., LLC v. Colfin Midwest Funding, LLC, 917 F.3d 599 (7th Cir. 2019) – A Chapter 11 debtor sought to avoid the cancellation of a mortgage satisfaction as a fraudulent conveyance, contending that the mortgage satisfaction extinguished the debt … Continue reading

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Manufactured Homes: Real or Personal Property – Who Knows?

Paddock, LLC v. Bennett (In re Bennett), 917 F.3d 676 (8th Cir. 2019) – A creditor holding a security interest in a manufactured home contended that its claim was secured only by real property that was the debtors’ principal residence. Consequently, … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: The Saga of Exercising Strong Arm Powers Continues

Harker v. PNC Mortgage Co. (In re Oakes), 917 F.3d 523 (6th Cir. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee brought an adversary proceeding to avoid a defectively acknowledged mortgage by exercising a trustee’s strong-arm powers as a bona fide purchaser of … Continue reading

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Mortgagee Stay Relief: Make Sure You Know the Scope of the Relief or Else

BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Anderson (In re Anderson), 917 F.3d 566 (7th Cir. 2019) – After a mortgagee obtained relief from the automatic stay so that it could foreclose its mortgage in state court, it returned to the bankruptcy court … Continue reading

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TICs: Maybe the Protection of Bankruptcy Will Be the Available If Needed, and Maybe Not

In re Fairfield TIC, LLC, 594 B.R. 852 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2018) – The debtor and its co-owners bought a shopping center as tenants-in-common. After the debtor filed bankruptcy, the noteholder secured by a mortgage on the property and a receiver … Continue reading

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Joint Property Sales: To Successfully Oppose a Sale, You Have to Make Your Case

Desmond v. Francis (In re Francis), 597 B.R. 195 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2019) – A chapter 7 trustee commenced an adversary proceeding seeking authority to sell property that the debtor co-owned with his wife as tenants by the entirety free of … Continue reading

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