Category Archives: Financing

Discharge of Debt: A Seller Relying on a Buyer’s Assumption of Debt May Be Out of Luck If the Buyer Files Bankruptcy

Recanati v. Roberts (In re Roberts), 594 B.R. 484 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2018) – In connection with acquisition of a restaurant the debtor agreed to assume debts of the business. After the debtor filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy, the former owners … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: What Happens When A Stranger to The Transaction Files a Discharge in Error?

Kelley v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (In re Bowers), 595 B.R. 869 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a security deed based on the fact that as of the petition date satisfactions of the security … Continue reading

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Mortgage Loans: Beware Time Bars on Enforcing a Note or Mortgage

In re Eastman, 588 B.R. 600 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor objected to the proof of claim filed by a mortgagee. The primary issue was whether the applicable statute of limitations precluded recovery of delinquent payments that … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Sales: When Does a Debtor Lose the Ability to Interfere with the Sale?

In re Vertullo, 593 B.R. 92 (Bankr. D. N.H. 2018) – A mortgagee that sold a chapter 13 debtor’s home in a prepetition foreclosure auction but had not yet recorded a foreclosure deed sought relief from the automatic stay in order … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Procedure: Very Small Details Can Make A Very Big Difference

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Crum, 907 F.3d 199 (8th Cir. 2018) – A mortgagee brought an action in district court seeking to foreclose its mortgage. It filed a summary judgment motion that was granted by the district court. The debtor … Continue reading

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Valuing a Secured Claim: Who Knew That Retail Price Could Be So Elusive

21st Mortgage Corp. v. Glenn (In re Glenn), 900 F.3d 187 (5th Cir. 2018) – In valuing a mobile home for purposes of determining the amount of a secured claim for a chapter 13 plan, the bankruptcy court declined to include … Continue reading

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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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